Right about now, many of you are probably saying “Not again,” or “not another,” in reaction to the title of this post. I suspect that, for many of you, this is the umpteenth article you’ve encountered on the “S vs C” saga[i] that was reinvigorated following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs
Is Timing Everything? Only Time Will Tell: Small Business Stock and the Reduced Corporate Tax Rate
The Tax Law
In theory, the primary purpose of the income tax, as a body of law, is to raise from the governed the resources that the government requires in order to perform its most basic functions.[i] However, as society has evolved and its needs have changed, and as “the economy” has become more…
Current Distributions & Partial Liquidations: Corps vs. Partnerships
“You Must Choose, But Choose Wisely.”[I]
The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,[ii] and its undeniable bias in favor of C corporations, has spurred the owners of many closely held businesses, along with their advisers, to reevaluate the form of business entity through which they own and operate their business, and…
Corporate Distribution: Return of Capital or Capital Gain?
Ode to a Dividend
It sounds relatively simple:
A distribution of property made by a regular “C” corporation to an individual shareholder with respect to the corporation’s stock[i] (a) will be treated as a dividend[ii] to the extent it does not exceed the corporation’s earnings and profits; (b) any remaining portion of…
Waiving Dividends in a Close Corporation
Why Waive A Dividend?
For the most part, the shareholders of closely-held corporations and their counterparts in the public realm are subject to the same set of federal income tax rules. However, there are situations within each of these two realms where unique policy or practical considerations dictate the application of different sets of rules.…
What Dividend Distribution?
In the last several weeks, I have seen a number of examples of what are commonly referred to as “constructive dividends,” including a corporation’s satisfaction of the personal expenses of its shareholders.
Unlike a regular dividend distribution, a constructive dividend does not involve the formal declaration of a dividend by the corporation, followed…
Don’t Be Passive About Losing the “S” Election
They’re Still Here
Once upon a time, before the advent of limited liability companies (“LLCs”), taxpayers would occasionally acquire real property in a corporation rather than in a limited partnership.
The corporation may have been created to hold the real property, or it may have been an operating company that, for some misguided reason, decided…