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Covington Secures Tax Court Victory for Boston Bruins

July 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Tax Court ruled in favor of Covington’s client the Boston Bruins in a dispute with the IRS over away-game meal costs.

The IRS had argued that the Bruins were entitled to deduct only 50 percent of the costs of meals that the club served to its players and other employees during road trips. The Tax Court declined to accept this view and embraced Covington’s position, including the notion that the hotels where the club stayed for its away games constituted its “business premises.” The court held that in light of the “unique nature” of the Bruins’ business, the club was eligible to deduct 100 percent of the meal costs. 

The Covington team included partners Jeremy Spector and Sean Akins and associates Lauren Ross and Kandyce Korotky.

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