Posted by JHyre in Ohio on March 11, 1999 at 14:34:01:
I dunno much about the first two portions. I do know a bit about tax law. The chance of most L/O’s (i.e.- those that are well drafted) being reclassed as financing/sale is VERY low. Simple fact of the matter is that the owner of the property still bears most of the risks and rewards of ownership. I could provide a dozen plus cases and rulings to prove my point, starting with the Supreme Court’s LYON decision. In fact, the thing that Reed most hates about L/O’s- that many go unexercised- is the best argument against reclassification. No exercise, no sale- that simple. I like alot of what that guy writes, but if he intends to become a lease-option tax advisor by night, he’d better keep his day job.