But if the amount of the receivable that the shareholder ultimately collects differs from the amount that the corporation distributed, the shareholder recognizes gain or loss for the differences in the amounts reported and collected. Observation: The current reduction of the maximum tax rate on capital gains and on qualifying dividends to 15% through 2012 somewhat mitigates the traditional preference for a sale or exchange transaction (e.g., a Sec. However, under current law, distributions made after 2012 will be taxed at higher capital gain and dividend rates.A distribution is treated as one made in complete liquidation of a corporation if it is one in a series of distributions in redemption of all the stock of the corporation pursuant to a plan of liquidation (Sec. As a result, all the distributions necessary to effect a complete liquidation of a corporation do not have to take place on the same date or even in the same year. 80-177 raises the issue of the constructive receipt of assets by shareholders when a corporation adopts a plan of liquidation and the shareholders are entitled to a liquidation distribution at any time after a certain date. Therefore, taxpayers should consider making the final distribution before 2013. A shareholder may claim a loss on a series of distributions only in the year the loss is definitely sustained.If the stock is a capital asset in the hands of the shareholder, the shareholder has a capital gain or loss on the exchange.
They do not increase their basis in the property received on liquidation because doing so would give them a double tax benefit.
331, a liquidating distribution is considered to be full payment in exchange for the shareholder’s stock, rather than a dividend distribution, to the extent of the corporation’s earnings and profits (E&P).
The shareholders generally recognize gain (or loss) in an amount equal to the difference between the fair market value (FMV) of the assets received (whether they are cash, other property, or both) and the adjusted basis of the stock surrendered.
Company management, however, was blissfully unaware of this development and continued to file the business’s federal corporate income tax return and pay all federal income taxes.
Eventually, company officers learned of their plight and reincorporated the business in the same state.