There is no end to the creativity employers bring to the task of providing benefits and rewards to current and former employees, and that creative thinking is often applied with the intent of reducing or avoiding tax liability to the employee. Whether it is a carefully crafted severance agreement (great idea!!), a convoluted deferred compensation plan, or a purported gift program, new tricks are tried every day. After twenty years in private practice following practicing more than several years as an IRS attorney, I keep thinking that I have seen it all, and then I am once again proven wrong.
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