materially different, property, exchange, income realization, entitlements, tax, IRS, treasury


Professor Prescott offers an indepth analysis of the Supreme Court's recent endorsement of the 'materially different' standard--the exchange of property for other property differing materially either in kind or in extent--as a measure for realizing income. After discussing the Court's endorsement, Professor Prescott discusses possible applications of the 'legal entitlements' test for evaluating 'material differences' to various property exchange transactions, and concludes that such application may alter the tax treatment of many traditionally tax-free transactions.

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