Western Bank & Trust purchased land and a building for the lump sum of $3,000,000. To get the maximum tax deduction, Western allocated 90% of the purchase price to the building and only 10% to the land. A more realistic allocation would have been 70% to the building and 30% to the land.
- Explain the tax advantage of allocating too much to the building and too little to the land.
- Was Western’s allocation ethical? If so, state why. If not, why not? Identify who was harmed.