Formation, Liquidation & Reorganization

Private equity and F reorganizations involving S corporations

The M&A market is poised to regain its pre-COVID-19 activity levels as many business owners seek to exit closely held businesses or explore alternatives. One popular transaction that could emerge is Sec. 368(a)(1)(F) reorganizations F reorganizations) of S corporations.

Mergers and acquisitions during the COVID-19 pandemic

A host of new issues have arisen in merger-and-acquisition transactions because of the unpredictable business environment caused by changes in the law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This article discusses some of the pandemic-related concerns buyers and sellers will have in M&A transactions, and the additional safeguards and procedures participants should take to deal with these concerns.

IRS suspends spinoff revenue rulings

The IRS announced that it is reviewing its approach to the active trade or business requirement that must be met for a five-year period for a business to qualify for a tax-free spinoff under Sec. 355 and, as a result, is suspending two revenue rulings, Rev. Ruls. 57-464 and 57-492, in which it previously ruled on the topic.

Structuring divisive reorganizations

Tax-free corporate reorganizations, or divisions, can be achieved with split-ups, splitoffs, and spinoffs. A consideration of the reason for the corporate division should guide the determination of which technique would be most beneficial.

IRS reevaluating active trade or business requirement for spinoffs

The IRS announced that it is reviewing its approach to the active trade or business requirement that must be met for a five-year period for a business to qualify for a tax-free spinoff under Sec. 355 and, as a result, is suspending two revenue rulings, Rev. Ruls. 57-464 and 57-492, in which it previously ruled on the topic.

Substantive consolidation: A tale of two cases

Because there is no clear statutory guidance for how a bankruptcy judge determines if a trustee’s request to apply substantive consolidation should be granted, each case is different.

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

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.