Submitted By: John
Answered: January 27, 2017 9:00 am

I recently received stock in a new corporation as a result of a spin-off from a public company. Am I taxed on this?

Usually, a spin-off does not result in any gain or loss to a shareholder. A portion of the basis of the old stock is allocated to the new stock in the spin-off company. The IRS usually gives a ruling to the parent company to confirm this tax treatment. Best bet: Check with the company’s office of shareholder relations, which you can usually find on the company’s website, to find out about the specifics of the spin-off that you were involved in.

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Tax attributes

When debts are cancelled in bankruptcy cases, the cancelled amount is excluded from gross income. Tax attributes are certain losses, credits, and property basis that must be reduced to the extent of the exclusion.

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