Under the Job Creation Act of 2010, you can exclude 100% of your capital gain (including no Alternative Minimum tax consequences) on the sale of C Corporation stock (not S Corporations or LLCs), under the following conditions:
- Stock is acquired before January 1, 2012
- You hold the stock for at least 5 years
- At time of sale of the stock, it has been held for more than five years
- The stock was acquired at its original issue for money, other property or services
- Stock was not acquired through a stock-for-stock exchange (makes S Corporation conversion to a C Corporation somewhat tricky)
- Assets cannot exceed $50M on the date the stock is issued
- Most businesses qualify with the exception of the following:
- Any trade or service business (such as accounting, consulting, law, etc.)
- Any Banking or financial business
- Any farming business
- Any mining, oil, or gas business
- Any business operating a hotel, motel, restaurant, or similar business
So, you incorporate in 2011 and sell your company 5+ years later for a $1M gain, you pay NO income or capital gain taxes – you avoid $150K in taxes (assuming capital gain tax is still 15% when you sell). Same scenario, but you incorporate in 2012, you pay $150K in taxes.
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