Built-in-gains tax will apply on the disposition of appreciated assets held at the conversion date for the first 10 post-conversion years. Any gains recognized on the disposal of these assets will be taxed at the corporate level with the net gain flowing through. However, careful tax planning can effectively minimize and possibly eliminate the built-in-gains tax. Recent legislation has reduced the 10-year period for dispositions in 2009 through 2011. While the continuation of this trend cannot be assumed, many observers are hopeful that a shorter holding period will become permanent law.
• “Certain states do not recognize S corporation status.”
The majority of states allow companies to elect S corporation status for state tax purposes. However, careful planning can minimize state tax expense in the states that do not allow S corporation status.
• “The matter of tax reporting and compliance is more complicated, isn’t it?
Though some of the regulations and requirements for S corporations differ from C corporations, the general compliance procedures and burdens are very similar. In addition, companies treated as S corporations are generally not required to prepare and book a tax provision on their financial statements.