And Chicago tax lawyer Robert E. McKenzie, who has defended rich folks claiming losses on everything from deer farms to race horses to yachts, says the Romneys -–despite the fact that Ann Romney’s statements on what dressage has done for her personally suggests lack of profit motive– likely did all the paperwork right and can assert they thought they’d make a profit, even if they never do. “The way I would argue it is `this horse competed in the Olympics and we’ll breed it and make money off the foal’,’’ says McKenzie. “When you’re that rich you can afford to have talented tax advisers.”
Robert E. McKenzie was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal article, “Donald Trump May Be Able to Slow His Tax Audit.” The article discusses how Donald Trump and his attorneys have some ability to slow the audit process. According to Mr. McKenzie, it was “close to impossible” that the audit would finish by Election Day. “The complexity — even if they had a handshake agreement — of getting it memorialized into a deal could take months.”
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