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(INFOGRAPHIC) Amalgamation of Interests - or How to Ensure You Wasted Time Setting Up Multiple Project Companies

There is a fairly customary practice in real estate development and construction intended to take advantage of the liability protections afforded by the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The practice is very...more

Business Entity Alphabet Soup – GP, LP, JV, LLC, C, S, QSSS – What do they mean?

As government contractors, the business universe is likely filled with familiar acronyms. However, one may not be as familiar with the meaning behind the alphabet letters that comprise the different business entities in the...more

Making The Right Choice For Your Business Entity

It has been said that plans are nothing, but planning is everything. Nowhere is this truer than in selecting the most appropriate legal entity for your new business....more

ESOPs: The Tax Law Provides a Buyer for Your Business

As baby boomer business owners begin to retire, many will want to monetize the value they have created in their businesses. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is one alternative. The ESOP alternative, authorized by the...more

Summary of IC-DISC Tax Benefits

Interest-Charge Domestic International Sales Corporations (“IC-DISCs”) offer significant potential tax benefits for U.S. companies that export U.S. manufactured products or certain engineering or architectural services with...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Letter Ruling Addresses Treatment of a Section 338(h)(10) Election

Tennessee does not expressly conform to most provisions in Subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code. Instead, Tennessee's federal corporate income tax conformity is determined based on the "starting point" that Tennessee...more

Tax And Business Planning For Farmers To Avoid Higher Taxes And Loss Of Subsidies

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (aka - the 2014 Farm Bill) has been controversial, to say the least. Among its many changes are an $8 billion cut to the “food stamp” program. The Farm Bill also drastically modifies or ends...more

What Is the Best Legal Structure for Your Start-Up?

The questions that invariably come up for all my start-up clients is: Do I have to form a legal entity, if yes, what kind and why? Entrepreneurs have a number of legal structures available when seeking to capitalize on a...more

IRS Limits Losses Sustained by Trusts

Since 1986, Section 469 of the Internal Revenue Code has imposed limitations on the ability of most taxpayers to offset losses from activities in which they do not materially participate against wages and other non-passive...more

Fiduciary Duties In Oil Patch Deals

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity for an oil patch deal in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation •...more

State of the Union - Part 2: Retirement with a Capital R

Overview - Since my last article, I have received some hate mail. Well, not quite literally unless I count the note from Mrs. Nowotny asking me why I forgot half of the items on the grocery list. A number of readers...more

Legislative Update: Business Law

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation • General...more

Tax Planning for the “New Normal”

Effective January 1, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”) was enacted into law, finally settling years of debate over the fate of the Bush era tax cuts. On the same day, the 3.8% Medicare Tax on net...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8, No. 2 -- May 2013

President’s fiscal year 2014 budget contains numerous tax provisions - President Barack Obama released his proposed budget for the government’s fiscal year 2014 on April 10, 2013, and, not surprisingly, the budget...more

Which Entity Should I Form For My Business Enterprise?

Whether starting a business or operating an existing enterprise, business people should consider the legal form of their business and the need to protect their personal assets from business liabilities, while also considering...more

Built-In Gains Shortened Holding Period Extended By New Tax Bill

Generally, if a corporation converts from a C corporation to a subchapter S corporation, the corporation must hold its appreciated assets for at least 10 years or, otherwise, the corporation must pay taxes (which could be as...more

Be prepared for a “triggering” event: If you own interests in a closely held business, consider a buy-sell agreement

A buy-sell agreement provides for the disposition of each owner’s business interest after a “triggering event,” such as death, disability, divorce, termination of employment or withdrawal from the business. However, to be...more

California Sole Proprietorships C-Corporations, S-Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) - Things to Consider When...

Things to Consider Before you Start Business Operations as a Sole Proprietorship, C Corporation, S Corporation, or LLC - How do you start business on the right track? Selecting the right type of business entity is an...more

Choice of Entity - Corporation or LLC?

There are many different types of business entities. Historically, the most popular type of entity was the corporation, but now the limited liability company (LLC) has become the entity of choice. The reasons for this shift...more

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