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How a Forfeited Real Estate Deposit Is Treated for Tax Purposes

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Jan 9, 2017 10:41:02 AM

Taxpayer signs a purchase and sale agreement to sell real estate to an unrelated buyer for $2,500,000. Buyer deposits 10% of the purchase price, or $250,000, as an earnest money deposit and as liquidated damages in the event the buyer fails to complete the purchase. The buyer subsequently fails to complete the acquisition, and the deposit is forfeited to the Taxpayer. The real estate in question was held as long-term capital property and not as inventory.

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Topics: Tax Law, real estate, escrow

New Court Decision in Israel Will Impose a Significant Tax Burden on International Companies with Israeli Permanent Establishments

Posted by Boaz Feinberg on Jan 27, 2016 9:51:46 AM

Recently, the District Court in Tel Aviv was required to address the question as to whether foreign companies with an Israeli Permanent Establishment (PE) should include on their revenue calculation unrecognized expenses for tax purposes. Such expenses would include payroll expenses for granted employee’s options and the social expenses derived from it, in companies whose revenues are calculated at the 'Cost Plus' pricing method, even though the options were granted to employees under Section 102 of the Israeli Income Tax Ordinance

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Topics: Tax Law, Foreign Parent Company, Israeli Tax

Choosing the Right Business Vehicle: An Automotive Analogy

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Sep 16, 2015 9:05:00 AM

car.jpgWe live in the Era of the Limited Liability Company (LLC).

The LLC has become the dominant business vehicle of the early 21st Century:  It is the “must use” vehicle for all real estate transactions, and an increasingly popular choice for operating a commercial business as well.

How did this come to pass? The short answer is that the LLC is the most flexible business vehicle available. It is not the perfect choice for every situation, but it is the best choice for a majority of situations these days, and its use is likely to continue to burgeon for several reasons, all of which are most easily explained using automotive vehicular metaphors.

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Topics: Tax Law, S Corporation, LLC, Limited Partnership

Divide and Conquer: The Latest Scoop on Code Section 355 Spinoffs

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Jul 10, 2015 11:01:00 AM

YAHOO.jpgYahoo has been much in the news of late – although Yahoo probably wishes that such were not the case. Yahoo’s stock plummeted and then mostly recovered in late May, as the result of some curious and perhaps even unguarded remarks by an IRS official at a Washington D.C. Bar Association event.

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Topics: EBIDTA, Tax Law, 355 Spinoff, 5% ruling standard

A Clever Disclaimer Strategy for Joint Brokerage Accounts

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on May 29, 2015 1:31:00 PM

clock.jpgThe following is a clever “hybrid” tax strategy — combining estate planning and income-tax planning — that was brought to my attention by my partner and good friend, Henry Comstock.

Joint Financial Accounts

Married couples very frequently hold investment assets, including brokerage accounts, in a “joint” account where both parties are named as co-owners, and on the death of the first spouse the assets automatically pass by operation of state law to the survivor. An easy and logical marital arrangement, so far as it goes.

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Topics: Joint brokerage accounts, Tax Law, Estate Planning

Investing in a Professional Corporation

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on May 12, 2015 2:47:00 PM

Meeting.jpgA “professional corporation” in Massachusetts is a legal entity formed under M.G.L. Ch. 156A, and is intended for the conduct of various professions that are subject to state licensure. In recent years, most or all of the regulated professions have also authorized the use of an  LLC as a legal entity through which persons can conduct professional activities (this is typically referred to as Professional LLC or PLLC).

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Topics: Professional Corporation, Professional LLC, S Election, Tax Law, S Corporation

Liquidating an S Corporation in Same Year as an Asset Sale

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Apr 23, 2015 1:24:00 PM

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The Problem

An S corporation is often configured such that the S shareholders’ “outside” tax basis in their shares is greater (often by a lot) than the S corporation’s “inside” tax basis in its assets. For example, if the S corporation stock passes through an estate, or if there has been a stock purchase for fair market value at a time when the stock had increased significantly in value compared to the tax basis in the underlying assets, outside tax basis can easily be substantially higher than inside tax basis.

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Topics: Tax Law, S Corporation

Thoughts on How to Buy Out a 50% Interest in an S Corporation

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Apr 16, 2015 2:43:00 PM

split.pngAssume an S corporation is owned 50-50 by two individuals, and one wants to buy out the other. This transaction will not come within the scope of the transactions where a § 338(h)(10) or §336(e) election will be applicable, so there is no “easy” path to get (mostly) capital gain to the seller and a full step-up in tax basis to the buyer. The question, therefore, is how best to implement this acquisition in a “tax efficient” manner.

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Topics: Tax Law, S Corporation

S Corporation - When Should You Keep the S Corporation Alive After an Asset Sale?

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Apr 16, 2015 2:36:00 PM

dollarsign.jpgThe Situation

In contrast to the situation discussed in another blog post where, immediately after an asset sale, the S corporation's inside tax basis is greater than the shareholders outside tax basis, an entirely different tax strategy may make sense if the tax basis relationship is reversed — i.e., when the inside tax basis is higher than the outside tax basis.

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Topics: Tax Law, Partnership Tax, S Corporation

Converting an S Corporation into an LLC Tax Free! – The Drop-Down Transaction

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Mar 19, 2015 10:44:00 AM

LLC.jpgAssume an S corporation is owned 50-50 by two individuals, and one wants to buy out the other. This transaction will not come within the scope of the transactions where a § 338(h)(10) or §336(e) election will be applicable, so there is no “easy” path to get (mostly) capital gain to the seller and a full step-up in tax basis to the buyer. The question, therefore, is how best to implement this acquisition in a “tax efficient” manner.

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Topics: Corporate Tax, Tax Law, Partnership Tax, S Corporation

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