Sibling Rivalry

Many of us encounter family-owned corporations in which the founder’s children are engaged in the business to varying degrees. They may even own shares in the corporation, typically having received them as gifts from their parents.[i] These situations may develop in such a way that they present difficult succession planning considerations for

No, I am not referring to some fleeting summer romance. After all, “. . . summer friends will melt away like summer snows.” (George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows).

Rather, I am referring to the abundant guidance that the IRS has issued or proposed this summer regarding the requirements that must be satisfied

Underlying the corporate reorganization provisions of the Code is the principle that it would be inappropriate to tax a transaction as a result of which the participating taxpayers – the corporations and their shareholders – have not sufficiently changed the nature of their investment in the corporation’s assets or business, provided the transaction is motivated

In earlier posts, we discussed how the division of a closely-held, corporate-owned business may be effected without incurring an income tax liability for either the corporation or its shareholders. The ability to effect such a division on a tax-efficient basis may be especially important in resolving a dispute between shareholders who may have already