Partnerships Have to Maintain Accurate Capital Accounts

One of the tax benefits of partnerships is that they are flexible. The parties can agree to differing terms and the values and dollars associated with those terms can be trued-up in subsequent years. The allocation of profit and loss provisions provides an example. Depending on their agreement, the parties can allocate profits and losses…

Overcoming the IRS’s Constructive Dividends Argument

Those who own C corporations have to be careful about what amounts are paid out to or benefit the corporate shareholders. This is particularly true for closely held and family corporations. On audit, the IRS will often assert that these distributions are constructive dividends. This is usually a bad answer for taxpayers as it increases…

Website Development Tax Deductions & the Start-Up Rules

There are several tax laws that have to be considered to determine when and how costs to develop websites are deductible. These expenses are almost always deductible. These tax laws raise timing questions. It’s a matter of when the expenses are deductible. For those who are developing website businesses as side-hustles, the issue takes on…

Choice of Entity: Tax Plans for Pharmacies

Our laws have long said that taxpayers are free to structure their legal affairs to minimize their taxes. Congress has even provided very specific provisions to accomplish this. Section 1202 stock is an example. This provision is intended to encourage start-ups to take business risks by rewarding those who are successful by allowing them to…

Double Tax on Inter-Company Transfers

There are those who make things happen. They are usually the ones doing what it takes even when doing so is difficult, tiring, and draining. They are the ones that often make personal sacrifices and take risks to succeed. They are the ones that had the luck or grit to stick with something to see…

S Corporation Election Not Signed by Community Property Spouse is Valid

There are tax implications for just about everything we do. Even simple business transactions present tax opportunities and pitfalls. While we prefer to focus on tax opportunities, we also spend a lot of time fixing tax problems. We are in Texas, which is a community property state. So one issue we see over and over…

Contribution to Corporation, then Sale of the Corporation

Contribution To Corp, Then Sale By Corp

Most income tax planning involves questions about income, deductions or credits, character, or timing, or some combination of these questions. When viewed from these categories, even simple transactions can present tax planning opportunities. The contribution of property to a corporation by its shareholder is an example. A contribution triggers taxable income to the shareholder. Our…

Funding a Business: LLC Capital Contribution vs. Loan

Funding A Business: Capital Contribution Vs. Debt

Taxpayers have several choices to make when starting a business. One of these choices is how to fund the business. They can fund the business with capital contributions or debt (or a combination thereof). The IRS and courts will usually follow the method the taxpayer uses. Many taxpayers do not consciously decide this issue. They…

Limited Partner Subject to Self-Employment Tax

Limited Partner Subject To Self-employment Tax

When it comes to tax law, there are quite a few known-unknowns. These are tax questions that have been raised tangentially in court cases and rulings, but have not been fully answered. These situations confuse taxpayers. Tax practitioners are often asked to provide answers. The answers from tax practitioners often differ, as practitioners have different…