Bankruptcy Resurgent?

The economic shutdown, and the ensuing recession, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic have jeopardized the survival of many businesses and, in some cases, of entire industries.

Notwithstanding the Federal government’s efforts to mitigate the adverse consequences of this very challenging economic environment,[i] commercial bankruptcy filings under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy

It’s Complicated

Coming to grips with the U.S. tax treatment of the foreign-sourced income of a closely held domestic business, and of commercial transactions involving such a business and its related foreign entities, may be intimidating not only for the owners of the business, but also for their advisers.

Indeed, the Code and Regulations include

Business is back . . . Sort of

As the country begins its hoped-for recovery from the disruptive economic effects of the COVID-19 virus – or, more accurately, from the measures implemented by government to contain the spread of the virus – some closely held businesses will emerge relatively unscathed while others will not survive,

Bad Times

Of course, you’ve noticed that we’re in the midst of an economic mess. The nearly complete shutdown of large segments of the U.S. economy beginning in March, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, both accelerated and greatly aggravated the recession toward which we were already heading after almost ten years of steady growth.

Go Figure

As of last Wednesday night, the SBA’s website reported that almost 4.5 million businesses had borrowed more than $510 billion under the Paycheck Protection Program.[i] Many businesses are wondering whether they will survive through the gradual reopening of the economy.[ii]

Earlier that same day, the U.S. surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths.

Last

Uptick in Business Divorces?

I’ve read a number of articles over the last few weeks in which marriage counselors have been predicting a wave of divorce filings once the COVID-19 quarantine has been lifted.[i]

That may be – we’ll just have to wait and see.[ii] Query, however, whether “business divorces” will follow suit?