collapsible corporation

collapsible corporation

A former tax-planning tool allowing conversion of ordinary income to capital gains through the vehicle of a corporation set up and then quickly “collapsed” by a sale or exchange of the stock or a liquidation.Today,the vehicle has been largely penalized out of existence by the IRS.If the corporation is collapsed and the stock sold within 3 years of formation,sale proceeds will be treated as ordinary income although such a holding period would otherwise qualify for capital gains treatment.See also thin corporation.

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* Repeal of the collapsible corporation rules (Sec.
When a corporation and its founding shareholders issue a public offering of stock before it has generated a substantial amount of taxable income--a situation common in the high-tech industries--there is a good chance the entity will be considered a collapsible corporation.
341, the notorious collapsible corporation provisions.
When a corporation goes public, its founders should ensure their stock gains are eligible for capital gains treatment rather than ordinary income treatment (for more than 5% shareholders), which occurs when the corporation is judged a "collapsible corporation." This designation often applies to corporations that have not earned significant taxable income.
The AICPA agrees with the proposed legislation that other areas on which Congress might concentrate simplification efforts to reduce complexity for a broad range of taxpayers include (1) capital-gain taxation; (2) education incentives; (3) repeal of the collapsible corporation provisions; and (4) rationalization of the estimated tax safe harbors.
If a corporation falls under the collapsible corporation rules, the impact on the availability of Sec.
If the liquidated corporation meets the definition of a collapsible corporation, any shareholder gain will be consdered ordinary income.
collapsible corporations: Companies that reside in electronic networks rather than physical buildings, allowing them greater flexibility to change in size and configuration as market conditions dictate