Gold, Inc., is an accrual basis taxpayer. In 2022, an employee accidentally spilled hazardous chemicals on leased property. The chemicals
Gold, Inc., is an accrual basis taxpayer. In 2022, an employee accidentally spilled hazardous chemicals on leased property. The chemicals destroyed trees on neighboring property, resulting in $30,000 of damages. In 2022, the owner of the property sued Gold, Inc., for the $30,000. Gold’s attorney believes that it is liable and that the only issue is whether the neighbor will seek punitive damages that could be as much as three times the actual damages.
In addition, as a result of the spill, Gold was in violation of its lease and was therefore required to pay the landlord $15,000. However, the amount due for the lease violation is not payable until the termination of the lease in 2024. None of these costs were covered by insurance.
Jeff Stuart, the president of Gold, Inc., is generally familiar with the accrual basis tax accounting rules and is concerned about when the company can deduct the amounts the company is required to pay as a result of this environmental disaster. Write Mr. Stuart a letter explaining these issues. Gold’s address is 200 Elm Avenue, San Jose, CA 95192.
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