Stock basis

Current Developments in S Corporations (Part II)

This article provides an annual update of recent IRS rulings, guidance, and other developments concerning S corporations. It discusses S corporation eligibility, elections, termination issues, second class of stock, and trusts owning S corporation stock.

The Story of Basis

Basis is a beneficial concept for a taxpayer—it shields the taxpayer from tax on the sale of an asset and can produce losses that reduce tax liability. It has been described as a “summary of the tax impact of [past] events” that have affected an asset. Nevertheless, basis can be elusive: It can appear or disappear when we are not paying attention. It can cling to an asset, be adjusted up or down, replicate itself, or shift to another asset. In other words, the summary that basis provides can have a number of potential twists and turns.

Economic Outlay Revisited

Under the economic outlay doctrine, to obtain basis in an S corporation with respect to debt, a shareholder must make an actual economic outlay, the outlay must somehow leave the shareholder poorer in a material sense, and the debt created must run directly between the shareholder and the S corporation.

S Corporation Shareholder Loans: A Cautionary Tale

A practitioner should take special care in advising clients on shareholder loans to an S corporation. Repayment of the loans by the corporation has the potential to generate unexpected taxable income to the shareholder.

Current Developments in S Corporations (Part I)

Part I of this two-part article discusses S corporation eligibility, elections, and termination issues, including several changes related to the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007.

Open Account Debt for S Shareholders

Editor: Anthony S. Bakale, CPA, M.Tax. On April 12, 2007, the Service issued proposed amendments to Regs. Sec. 1.1367-2 and -3 (REG-144859-04), to address concerns about the treatment of S shareholders’ open account debt. Background Regs. Sec. 1.1367-2(a) states that open account debt is a shareholder advance that is not

Adjusting Basis of Inherited S Stock for IRD

Editor: Albert B. Ellentuck, Esq. Income in respect of a decedent (IRD) generally consists of items of gross income a decedent was entitled to at death that, because of the decedent’s method of accounting, were not included in the final individual return; see Regs. Sec. 1.691(a)-1(b). IRD is included in

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