Gains & Losses

Taxing the Transfer of Debts Between Debtors and Creditors

Assumptions and other transfers of debt between corporations and shareholders or between partnerships and partners can often be tax free as part of a contribution, distribution, reorganization, or liquidation. This article analyzes several types of debt transfers and their potential for recognition of gain or loss and income from cancellation of debt.

Sidestepping Deferred Intercompany Gain

This item illustrates how transfers of items outside a U.S. consolidated group can trigger a deferred intercompany gain and suggests ways to avoid that result in certain situations.

Sec. 6045B Reporting Requirements

Sec. 6045B requires an issuer of a specified security to report certain information to the IRS and to its shareholders following an organizational action that affects the basis of a specified security.

Losses Related to an Insolvent Corporation

The IRS issued a general legal advice memorandum that addressed the tax consequences when an insolvent foreign subsidiary of a domestic U.S. corporation elected to be classified as a partnership.

Recognized Built-In Loss Is Subject to Sec. 382 Limitation

The IRS concluded that a taxpayer may include in its computation of taxable income or NOL only an amount of recognized built-in loss (RBIL) equal to its Sec. 382 limitation, whether or not the taxpayer has taxable income without regard to RBIL.

IRS Offers Another Mark-to-Market Valuation Safe Harbor

The IRS has released an Industry Issue Directive instructing its examining agents to offer a safe-harbor election to certain taxpayers under examination regarding the market values used in their mark-to-market calculations.

Ordinary Worthless Stock Deductions: Characterizing Subsidiary Receipts

An ordinary loss deduction for worthless stock of an affiliated operating subsidiary generally is permitted as long as more than 90% of the subsidiary’s gross receipts are from active operating income. This item discusses the difficulty of determining whether a subsidiary’s gross receipts qualify as active operating income for this purpose under various circumstances.

The Impact of Unified Loss Rules on Earnings and Profits

This item explores whether an adjustment is made for E&P purposes when a member of a consolidated group is required under the unified loss rules to reduce its basis in the stock of another member for regular tax purposes upon the first member's disposition of the second member's stock at a loss for regular tax purposes.

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Tax software survey

Our annual survey offers a look at how CPAs judged their tax preparation software in a wide range of types of practices.


Congress enacts tax reform

Here are many of the most important provisions in the new law that affect both individual taxpayers and businesses. All changes were effective Jan. 1, 2018, except as noted.