Equipment And Business Stock Tax Breaks Expired 12/31/2013

Congress let two significant small business tax breaks expire at the end of 2013. These were: — The 100% exclusion from capital gains of sales of “qualified small business” stock. A 50% exclusion remains, and the rest of the gain gets ordinary capital gains tax treatment. See http://www.martindale.com/investments-law/article_Foley-Hoag-LLP_2041816.htm for details. — Equipment costs of up to…

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What To Do About A Patent Troll?

“Patent trolls” take advantage of the relatively easy process for getting a “patent” for inventions in the USA (almost 303,000 issued in 2013, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office, see http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/us_stat.htm) and the frequently incomprehensible language of “claims” in the issued patents to suggest that their (often never commercialized) old inventions were the…

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SEC No Action Letter on M&A Brokers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a no-action letter which reaffirms that merger and acquisitions brokers do not have to register as broker-dealers where control of a privately held business transfers hands as a result of their efforts. The letter is available at: https://www.sec.gov/divisions/marketreg/mr-noaction/2014/ma-brokers-013114.pdf?utm_source=SEC+Issues+M%26A+Broker+No+Action+Letter+1-31-14&utm_campaign=SEC+MAB+NAL+-+2%2F3%2F14&utm_medium=email Practice tip: M&A includes facilitation of “mergers, acquisitions, business sales, and…

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New Powerpoint On Private Offerings

I just uploaded a Powerpoint presentation on current legislation which would exempt merger and acquisitions professionals from broker-dealer requirements, which describes the types and amounts of money that can be raised in private offerings, and that shows what difference the JOBS Act regulations made in the private offerings process. See http://www.slideshare.net/wpriceiit/private-offerings-and-broker-dealer-registration-exemptions

Business Broker Deregulation Passes House

HR 2274 passed US House 422-0 on January 14, 2014. It Exempts merger and acquisition brokers from SEC “Broker-Dealer” registration requirements. Companion Senate legislation, S. 1923, is pending in the Senate. Current law requires business brokers to limit participation in negotiation of any terms of sale if owner earn-outs, stock purchases instead of asset purchases, or any…

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