Important Tax Planning Opportunity In 2010 For Investors In Small Businesses

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The recent enactment of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 (SBJCA) may provide a substantial tax benefit to investors who acquire qualified small business stock (QSBS) on or after September 28, 2010, and before January 1, 2011. Entrepreneurs and investors considering forming or making investments in qualifying corporations, including owners of unincorporated businesses considering incorporation, should be aware of the potential advantages of acquiring QSBS during the relevant time frame.

Under the law prior to the enactment of the SBJCA, Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, allowed an individual taxpayer to exclude 50 percent of any gain from the sale or exchange of QSBS held more than five years. This exclusion was increased to 75 percent for QSBS acquired after February 17, 2009, and before 2011. A portion of the excluded gain has been treated as an item of tax preference for alternative minimum tax purposes.

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