Brief Fact Summary. Taxpayers were trustees for a trust set up in Mrs. Bingham’s will. She provided that $5 million in cash or securities should be provided to her niece when she turned forty years old.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The gain from the sale or other disposition of property shall be the excess of the amount realized over the adjusted basis.
Issue. Did the trustees realize a capital gain by using the securities to settle the claim?
Held. Circuit Judge Hand issued the opinion for the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in holding that the trustees did realize a capital gain and it should be taxed accordingly.
Discussion. The Court of Appeals did not limit what “other disposition” was intended to mean. Here the increase in value of the securities was realized and benefited by the trust. This is different than a specific bequest of property.