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The End to Discounts for Transfers of Interests in Family Business Entities

The ability to use transfer and liquidation restrictions in legal documents to reduce the value of an interest in a family-controlled (or “closely-held”) business entity (e.g., partnership, corporation, limited liability...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Would Severely Limit Valuation Discounts

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury unveiled its long-awaited proposed regulations targeting valuation discounts commonly used in estate planning, thereby overturning decades of settled law. As drafted,...more

How to Use a Joint Venture to Spur Growth

We’ll never forget Don Vito Corleone’s chilling line: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Sure, it made for a good movie, but if you think business is about fighting off opposition at any expense, it’s time to turn...more

Proposed Rules Would Limit Valuation Discounts for Family Controlled Entities

On August 2, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations that would severely limit valuation discounts for lack of marketability and lack of control that taxpayers have historically applied for federal gift,...more

IRS Proposes Rules That Would Dramatically Reduce Valuation Discounts in Family Business Succession Planning

Business Owners May Have Little Time to Act Before Rules Are Finalized - The valuation of a family member's interest in a family business has a major impact on the success or failure of a transfer of such interest to...more

IRS Proposes New Regulations That Will Significantly Limit the Use of Valuation Discounts on Transfers of Interests in Closely...

The proposed regulations disregard restrictions that have been used by valuation experts and acknowledged by the courts to reduce valuations. If you are an owner of a closely held entity, recently proposed Treasury...more

Proposed Section 2704 Regulations

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department released proposed regulations amending and expanding upon the current regulations to Internal Revenue Code Section 2704. The proposed regulations, if adopted, would affect the...more

Proposed IRS Rules Endanger Business Valuation Discounts for Family-Owned Entities

Historically, the IRS has closely scrutinized transfers of interests in family-owned entities between family members. In particular, it has sought to curtail the use of discounts to decrease the estate and gift tax value of...more

Is an S Election for an LLC Smart Planning or a Bad Idea?

By default, a limited liability company (“LLC”) with two or more members is taxed as a partnership. It also is possible to elect to treat an LLC as an S corporation for income tax purposes. But is it a good idea? And if an S...more

Proposed Regulations May Substantially Reduce the Availability of Valuation Discounts for Interfamily Transfers of Business...

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department published Proposed Regulations to Chapter 14 of the Internal Revenue Code which, if adopted, may substantially reduce the availability of valuation discounts for inter-family...more

Federally Proposed Rules to Increase Tax Cost of Family-Entity Transfers

The federal government proposed sweeping new tax rules earlier this month that would dramatically affect family businesses, investment partnerships and other entities.  These rules, which have been widely reported, would...more

Opting-In: Treasury Regulations Provide Rules for Electing into the New Partnership Audit Regime Early

As reported in a prior Sutherland Legal Alert, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the 2015 Budget Act) makes significant changes to the procedural rules governing federal income tax audits and judicial proceedings that apply...more

Practice Aid – A Redlined Version of the Proposed Section 2701 and 2704 Regulations

These proposed regulations are difficult enough in substance to deal with, without having to piece together the changes that they make to the existing regulations. Maybe there is a redlined version out there already, but I...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 11, No. 2

IRS Seeks to Limit Valuation Discounts for Family-Controlled Entities: Proposed Section 2704 Regulations - Proposed regulations issued on August 2, if finalized in their present form, will significantly limit the ability...more

Tax Court Flexes Its Debt-Equity Muscle on “Unrelated” Parties

The Tax Court, in American Metallurgical Coal Co., TC Memo 2016-139, recently held that financing of a sale of partnership interests by a foreign seller to a U.S. buyer was not debt, but equity. The court found that the...more

Game Changer? Succession Planning Targeted by IRS

The Department of the Treasury wants to place limitations on valuation discounts that are currently commonly used to reduce asset values in family-owned and closely-held businesses, in an effort to increase tax revenue. The...more

No Obligation to File Inaccurate Return to Avoid Failure to File Penalty

A partnership was a partner in a Cayman Islands partnership - that investment made up most of its assets. The Cayman Islands partnership did not file a Form 1065 income tax return and did not give a Form K-1 to the taxpayer...more

New Regulations for Partnerships Electing into New Partnership Audit Rules Early

New partnership audit rules enacted into law on November 2, 2015 (the “New Partnership Audit Rules”) generally call for all determinations of adjustments to income and payments of tax pursuant to a partnership tax audit,...more

Company Dissolution

The dissolution of a company can result in its termination. The company can be dissolved for a number of reasons: 1. The expiry of the period specified in the Memorandum or the Articles Of Association, unless the period...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Will Eliminate Most Valuation Discounts in Connection with Transfers of Interests in Family...

On August 4, 2016, the Treasury Department and the IRS published Proposed Regulations under Internal Revenue Code § 2704 that, once effective, will eliminate most valuation discounts in connection with interests in family...more

IRS Proposed Regulations Attack Valuation Discounts for Family Transfers — The Clock Is Now Ticking

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS have just issued anticipated proposed regulations that, if made final, would severely limit the ability of taxpayers to transfer interests in family limited partnerships and...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 9, No. 2

Editor's Note - Welcome to Tax Talk 9.02. By this fall, we may look back on Q2 2016 with some nostalgia. Of course, there is the U.S. presidential election on November 8th, but U.S. tax advisors right now are more...more

Possible Changes Coming for Valuations of Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies

On Tuesday, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations which will make it more difficult to pass wealth to future generations while minimizing estate and gift taxes. For decades families...more

GSK and Verily Partnering to Form New Bioelectronic Medicine Firm

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that it is partnering with Verily Life Sciences LLC to form Galvani Bioelectronics. According to the press release, GSK and Verily will contribute IP rights and an investment of $712.7 million...more

Keeping Your Team Motivated: A Profits Interest as an Equity-Based Incentive

Say you own one-half of an LLC that is taxed as a partnership. You and your partner invested the initial capital that was necessary to get the business up and running, and you both built the business with the help of a few...more

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