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Mergers & Acquisition FAQ – October 2010

Q: Under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, is there any effect on Built In Gains (BIG) Taxes for S corporations that were once C corporations?

A: Yes, under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, BIG taxes will temporarily have a shortened holding period.  Ordinarily, the holding period was 10 years.  It then became 7 years.  In 2011, as long as the fifth year of holding precedes the beginning of 2011 and the sale is made during 2011, BIG will not be taxable.

Q: I am selling my business this year under an installment agreement.  Can I elect to recognize the taxes this year as to avoid the higher tax rates?

A: Yes, you can elect, on installment sales, to have the future proceeds be taxed in the current year, thus saving you 5% of the total.  For those with million dollar capital gains, the savings could be $50,000 or more in taxes alone.  It is definitely an option worth exploring if you sold your business this year or if you are receiving installment income in the future.

Q: Under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, what are the adjustments to Section 179 expensing?

A: Section 179 expensing has been increased from $250,000 to $500,000.  The $500,000 limit is retroactive to purchases made from January 1, 2010 and runs until the end of 2011.  Additionally, 50% Bonus depreciation is back as well this year.  Bonus depreciation is not dependent on any investment limit like Section 179 is.

By: Basi & Basi at the Center for Financial, Legal and Tax Planning for Transworld M&A Advisors