By Jyothi Chillara, CPA, Principal
Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code is gaining greater interest from shareholders and investors in start-ups and small businesses. It offers favorable tax treatment for capital gains to those holding qualified small business stock (QSBS). A qualified small business (QSB) is an active C corporation with assets of less than $50 million at the point of or immediately after the issuance of stock.
According to IRC Section 1202, QSBS holders may have gains of 50 percent to 100 percent excluded from their tax obligations, depending on the date the stock was acquired. The exclusion is generally limited to either $10 million or 10 times the taxpayer’s basis in the stock, whichever is greater. (more…)
By Erika Diebert, Tax Senior
There is an opportunity for Qualified Small Businesses (QSBs) to utilize their unused federal 2016 R&D credits against their 2017 payroll tax liability (Employer portion of FICA). This was enacted as part of the PATH Act of 2015 but is just now becoming available starting with the income tax filings for the 2016 tax year.
The offset of payroll taxes will be available for R&D credits generated on the 2016 tax return from R&D expenses incurred in 2016. R&D credit carryovers from years prior to 2016 cannot be used. The maximum benefit allowed to be claimed in a tax year is $250,000. An election to use the credit against payroll taxes is made on an originally and timely filed (including extensions) Form 6765 by completing section D of the form. (more…)