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Charles J. Haslam v. Commissioner
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Charles J. Haslam and Harriet S. Haslam, Petitioners, are husband and wife and live in Slingerlands, New York. Petitioner and Earl Canavan established Northern Explosive, Inc. in 1954. The corporation sold and distributed explosives. Each owned 50% having invested $10,000. Petitioner managed the corporate business and was employed as a salesman. Petitioner bought out Canavan in 1957. Northern encountered financial problems and took out loans in the amount of $100,000. Petitioner guaranteed these loans. The corporation would eventually go into bankruptcy. Petitioners claimed a $55,956 business loss on the bad debt from the Northern loans. The Commissioner of Internal Revenue did not allow the deduction determining that it was deductible only as a non-business bad debt.
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