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Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation for Financially Troubled Corporations, Partnerships and S Corporations

 

Learn federal income rules that drive tax consequences of modifying the debt component of a corporate capital structure in bankruptcy or out of court.

In light of the COVID-19 epidemic and its impact on the local and global economies, many corporations will be re-examining their capital structures to better reflect the current business environment and financial realities. In some situations, debtors will determine that their financing arrangements are not aligned with their changed business situation. To reduce the cash drain of interest and principal payments, many corporate debtors will be looking to modify the terms of debt, replace debt with equity or reduce the amount of debt owed in an out of court process or in a bankruptcy case. While a troubled company may not always be able to optimize its debt restructuring due to lender demands, undertaking a debt workout without properly addressing the tax considerations may result in significant cash tax leakage post restructuring. Even if they cannot alter the terms of the debt workout, debtors should still understand the tax consequences of their actions so that they can fully understand the after-tax costs and benefits of modifying their debt structure. We will consider what is cancellation of debt income (CODI) and when is CODI realized? When is realized CODI not included in gross income? How is the deferral of income recognition achieved under the Internal Revenue Code? What are the special rules for consolidated return groups, S-corporations and partnerships?

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Richard D. Liebman

Richard D. Liebman

BDO USA, LLP

  • Managing Director, BDO USA, LLP National Tax Office – Corporate Tax
  • Practice focus: Federal corporate income tax including the taxation of bankruptcy and out-of-court debt workout transactions
  • Retired Big 4 tax partner who has continued to practice with top-tier firms in the professional services industry
  • Led tax planning engagements in bankruptcy cases and out-of-court debt workouts
  • Industry experience includes: automotive, oil exploration and production, oil field services, aviation, retail distribution, technology, hospitality, and manufacturing
  • Prior teaching experience includes serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law where he taught the Consolidated Federal Income Tax Return course in the LL.M. in Taxation program
  • Speaking engagements include presentations to the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, Tax Executives Institute, and Practicing Law Institute
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Bankruptcy Institute and Turnaround Management Association
  • J.D. degree, with honors, Northwestern University School of Law; B.S. degree in business and economics, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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