IRS Regulations

What the IRS Says About Business Appraisals

The IRS Tax Requirement

For certain tax filing purposes, the IRS requires that an appraisal be completed by a “Qualified Appraiser” as defined in IRS Regulations.

The Definition of a “Qualified Appraiser”

The regulations state a “Qualified Appraiser” is one who has earned an appraisal designation from a professional appraisal organization, has the appropriate education and experience and performs appraisals on a regular basis.

Pertinent IRS Bulletins

The IRS has the concept of a “Qualified Appraiser” defined in their regulations: Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-46 and Notice 2006-96 regarding Section 170(f)(11) of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to the new definitions of “qualified appraisal” and “qualified appraiser.”

The Term “Qualified Appraisal”

Section 170(f)(11)(E)(i) provides that the term “qualified appraisal” means an appraisal that is (1) treated as a qualified appraisal under regulations or other guidance prescribed by the Secretary, and (2) conducted by a qualified appraiser in accordance with generally accepted appraisal standards and any regulations or other guidance prescribed by the Secretary.

The Term “Qualified Appraiser”

Section 170(f)(11)(E)(ii) provides that the term “qualified appraiser” means an individual who (1) has earned an appraisal designation from a recognized professional appraiser organization or has otherwise met minimum education and experience requirements set forth in regulations prescribed by the Secretary, (2) regularly performs appraisals for which the individual receives compensation, and (3) meets such other requirements as may be prescribed by the Secretary in regulations or other guidance.

Property Qualification

Section 170(f)(11)(E)(iii) further provides that an individual will not be treated as a qualified appraiser unless that individual (1) demonstrates verifiable education and experience in valuing the type of property subject to the appraisal, and (2) has not been prohibited from practicing before the Internal Revenue Service by the Secretary under S 330(c) of Title 31 of the United States Code at any time during the 3-year period ending on the date of the appraisal.


IRS Compliance
Merrimack Business Appraisers produces accurate business valuations that meet and exceed IRS requirements and acceptance, including the requirements for a “Qualified Appraisal” and “Qualified Appraiser” as stated in IRS regulations.


Your client’s confidentiality is assured. We abide by the highest standards including the confidentiality that a business appraisal is being done.

Value Added

This is a value added service that accountants can offer their clients while avoiding any potential conflicts of interest. We offer business valuation services that are an objective, impartial company valuation and are solely focused on business valuations.



Merrimack Business Appraisers prepares business valuations that stand up to rigorous scrutiny including the toughest cross-examination.


The opinion of value is unambiguous, and fully explained, supported, and well-documented.

Minority Discounts
Merrimack Business Appraisers fully understands, applies, and explains the concepts of minority discounts and personal goodwill.

Standard of Value

Merrimack Business Appraisers works with the attorney to determine the appropriate Standard of Value for the given situation and forum.

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