BNSF Wins $22M Tax Fight Over Relocation, Stock Benefits

Law360, New York (October 29, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Thursday ruled in favor of BNSF Railway Co. in its suit against the U.S. government seeking a $22 million tax refund, determining that BNSF's stock options and relocation reimbursement employee benefits are not taxable compensation under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act.

U.S. District Judge John McBryde granted summary judgment to the railroad company and ruled that the moving expenses and the profits made by employees in non-qualified stock options should not have been taxed under the RRTA, which imposes a tax...
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