Formation, Liquidation & Reorganization

Sec. 351 Control Requirement: Opportunities and Pitfalls

Sec. 351 allows a tax-free incorporation transfer if certain requirements are met, including that the property must be transferred to a corporation by one or more persons in exchange for stock in the corporation, and, immediately after the exchange, the transferor(s) is (are) in control (as defined in Sec. 368(c)) of the corporation.

Earnout Restriction Causes Substantial Risk of Forfeiture

The Tax Court held that sections of a restricted stock agreement and an employment agreement read together constituted an earnout restriction that might create a substantial risk of forfeiture for stock transferred to an employee.

Hook Stock and Sec. 355: Did a Distribution Occur?

By invoking an exception to the requirement that a distributing corporation must distribute “all of the stock and securities in the controlled corporation,” the IRS implicitly held that a distribution on hook stock should not be respected.

Sec. 336(e) Election Regulations Are Issued

The IRS issued final regulations on the rules that apply when an election under Sec. 336(e) is made to treat the sale, exchange, or distribution of at least 80% of the voting power and value of a target corporation’s stock as a sale of all its underlying assets.

Proactive Elections to Mitigate Sec. 382 Applicability

Sec. 382, which limits the use of NOL carryovers after an ownership change of a loss corporation, often comes as a rude surprise to corporations in the fields of technology, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and similar industries.

Tax Insider Articles

DEDUCTIONS

Business meal deductions after the TCJA

This article discusses the history of the deduction of business meal expenses and the new rules under the TCJA and the regulations and provides a framework for documenting and substantiating the deduction.

TAX RELIEF

Quirks spurred by COVID-19 tax relief

This article discusses some procedural and administrative quirks that have emerged with the new tax legislative, regulatory, and procedural guidance related to COVID-19.