Why the Capital Gains Tax Hurts Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

The capital gains tax has been touted as the brass ring for business owners. For too long self-funded business owners have been led to believe that they are part of the group that could benefit from capital gains tax rates, notably when they sell their business (and this is true!).

Clinton to Propose Increasing Capital Gains Taxes

Inc Startups

The policy is part of a larger effort to encourage greater focus on longer-term economic growth rather than more immediate gains for investors--a priority for the liberal Democrats she'll need in 2016

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Burnham's Beat: Theater of the Absurd: Capital Gains Now Being.

Burnham's Beat

Theater of the Absurd: Capital Gains Now Being Eliminated on Sale of VC/PE Management Companies. According to Bloomberg, there’s a nasty surprise in the bill that eliminates capital gains treatment for carried interest in investment partnerships.    Not only is the government planning on eliminating carried interest on the investment profits generated by a partnership, but they are planning on eliminating capital gains treatment on.

Why You Should Care About the Difference Between Capital Gains Tax Rates and Regular Income Tax

Inc Startups

Knowing this small bit of information can save you tons

Sideways Startups: Donating Private Stock


Donations of private stock enable investors, founders and employees to support charitable causes and contribute to the community while receiving simultaneous benefits in the form of substantial cash savings from reduced taxes as well as bypassing capital gains taxes. original cost) – and in the cases of entrepreneurs who have founded companies, the cost basis is effectively zero – and a significant current market value that would result in large capital gains taxes if sold.

What Is Going To Happen In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains. The loss of capital gains treatment on carried interest won’t hurt professional investors too much because the lower personal tax rates will take the sting out of it. Happy New Year Everyone.

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Burnham's Beat: Carried Interest Deal Cut, Let the Workarounds.

Burnham's Beat

Theater of the Absurd: Capital Gains Now Being Eliminated on Sale of VC/PE Management Companies » 05/20/2010.   According the Way and Means Committee the bill will: " … prevent investment fund managers from paying taxes at capital gains rates on investment management services income received as carried interest in an investment fund.  interest in a company, yet invests well less than 1% of the actual capital, everyone. Venture Capital.

Obama proposes no capital gains tax on qualified small business stock

Startup Company Lawyer

The budget proposal would modify IRC Section 1202 to provide for a complete exemption from capital gains tax for qualified small business stock issued after February 17, 2009 and held for five years, and the amount excluded would not be added back for alternative minimum tax purposes. ELIMINATE CAPITAL GAINS TAXATION ON INVESTMENTS IN SMALL BUSINESS STOCK. The taxable portion of the gain is taxed at a maximum rate of 28 percent.

Why I Don’t Celebrate Income Inequality

Both Sides of the Table

Yes, income inequality exists and yes it’s a natural consequence of capitalism and other forms of government are decidedly worse than capitalism because they inefficiently create and allocate resources. They get to have “long-term capital gains” taxes which are much lower than short-term capital gains taxes paid by people who have stock options or income taxes paid to workers. The system can be juiced in favor of capital over labor.

Are Universities The New VCs?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It is the human capital that is inside of them. I think capital gains from equity investments in startups that are birthed inside universities is an interesting idea and I am glad to see Stanford and some other schools trying it out.  hacking education Venture Capital and Technology The New Yorker has a piece on Stanford's StartX. They ask some interesting questions and end with this one: If the university is a farm, do the students become the cows?

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Qualified Small Business Stock

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For the past twenty years, the US federal tax code has included provisions that allow startup investors to get favorable tax treatment on the capital gains they earn on early stage investments. 1045 and more than five years to qualify for gain exclusion. Sec 1045 allows a "tax-free rollover" which means that you can avoid paying the capital gains tax if the gain is "rolled over" meaning invested back into another QSSB.

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So You Lost Money in the Stock Market? Don't Make this Common Tax Mistake to Lose Even More

Inc Startups

What you don't understand about capital gains and losses can cost you in a big way

How the Rich Got Rich

Inc Startups

Capital gains: 45.8% million in capital gains income--16% of the total capital gains reported by all taxpayers. (Do Like to emulate the success of others? If wealth is what you're after, look to an unconventional source for tips: the IRS. John D.

With New Capital Gain Tax Rates, Should You Buy or Sell?

Inc Startups

If your company is owned directly by an individual or a family, or if it received capital from venture capital, private equity, or angel funds, will make a difference in how the new tax rates will be applied, and the best way for you to act.

Would You Give Up Citizenship for $1 Billion?

Inc Startups

As an American, he might have owed about a billion in capital gains tax, but he won't owe any now because he decided to renounce his American citizenship. OK, so capital gains taxes are low, but perhaps all these fleeing Americans are running from plain old income taxes?

The Tax Advantages To Investing In Oil And Gas Your CPA’s Probably Never Heard Of


On the other side of the coin, TDCs are any asset or capital expenditure that can be recovered later. Casey Minshew is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for EnergyFunders , an online marketplace evolving the way capital investment and energy projects come together.

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Understanding Stock Options


Profit from ISOs have the potential to be taxed as long-term capital gain, which is a considerably lower rate than NQSOs, which are generally taxed as ordinary income. This achieves the potential for long-term gain treatment on a sale at an earlier date.

6-year vesting

Venture Hacks

The clock on long-term capital gains starts as soon as you exercise them. Every team member of AngelList is on a 6-year vesting schedule. Including the founders. Because it takes a long time to build something important. And we want everyone to stick around for a long time. Because we want people who are here for the mission , not a payday. Because it sells prospective hires: the team you’re joining isn’t going anywhere. Does that mean I get more equity?

This National Entrepreneurship Month, Listen And Learn With These Bestselling Audiobooks


Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff. Written By: Chip Gaines, Narrated By: Chip/Joanna Gaines. Before becoming a HGTV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband and father, Chip Gaines was a serial entrepreneur.

Burnham's Beat: Tesla Worth $1.7BN. According To Its Bankers

Burnham's Beat

« Theater of the Absurd: Capital Gains Now Being Eliminated on Sale of VC/PE Management Companies | Main. | Total shares outstanding after the IPO, including issued options would be 107.6MM giving the total company a fully diluted market capitalization of $1.72BN post-IPO if all goes according to plan (enterprise value will be over $2BN if they take down all their DoE financing). Venture Capital. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat.


A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death: Venture Capital in the 1980’s. The key reason for the explosion in capital flowing into the industry, and therefore the large increase in practitioners, had nothing to do with 1970’s performance, early stage investing, or technology. Continental Capital*. $ 250,000. KPC&B II. $ 775,000. Venture Capital 1980 jack tankersley Jerry Neumann V

Top Tax Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs


The most common business related expenses include: accounting and tax preparation costs, advertising, capital cost allowance, inventory purchases, lease payments, legal fees, meals & entertainment (50% only), rent, salary and wages, sub-contractors, supplies, office equipment and tools.

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The Importance of Vesting Schedules for the Founders

Scott Edward Walker

Instead, the founder buys all of his stock on day 1 (subject to the vesting schedule) and then solely pays capital gains tax upon its sale. One of the biggest mistakes I see startups make is failing to set-up vesting schedules for the founders.

Thoughts on Convertible Notes

K9 Ventures

When an investor buys equity in a priced round, the capital gains clock on that stock starts as of the date of investment. However, in the case of a note, and especially for notes with long maturity dates, the capital gains clock doesn’t start ticking till the the note converts.

France invents “Slow Innovation”: deconstructing Montebourg at #leweb

Fred Destin

Minister Montebourg (to his credit) took a chance at LeWeb to talk about innovation and the French policy towards innovation, together with Loic Le Meur, Fabrice Grinda and Jeff Clavier.

[Infographic] How Do Taxes Affect Your Startup?


On top of that, there’s the usual sales tax and capital gains tax to cover. It is uncommon for startups, especially new ones, to limit their expenses and bootstrap. It is one of the commonly used strategies to survive, especially in today’s competitive market.

How Your Business Could Generate Extra Income Through Investments


This means that there’s no need to tie up the full market value of purchasing the equivalent stock position and traders can instead open larger position than their capital would normally permit. ETX Capital gives you access to up to 6,000 markets, and can help you stay informed.

Incentives and Carried Interest

Brad Hargreaves

Brad Hargreaves | startup adventures in nyc a blog by Brad Hargreaves HOME Me Press HOME Uncategorized Incentives and Carried Interest Incentives and Carried Interest The House recently passed a bill to tax carried interest at the higher income tax – rather than the lower capital gains – rates. First and foremost, I don’t really buy the argument that taxing money managers at a higher rate will directly lead to a decrease in capital flowing into funds.

Measuring prosperity

The Equity Kicker

The major differences between the consumption and income measures come from realised capital gains, dramatic increases in public and private benefits (e.g. There is a related point that income is often calculated on a household basis but because average households now have fewer people in them a decline in household income doesn’t imply a decline in per capital income. A month or so ago I wrote about that Mismeasurement may be at the heart of the productivity paradox.

How Federal Government Can Help Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

Make it simple – eliminate capital gains if an individual (who is an accredited investor) invests equity (i.e. This afternoon in Boulder I’ll be on a panel as part of the White House Startup America Roundtable. If you weren’t invited to the event, there is a web site called Reducing Barriers to Innovation that you can participate in. Over the past few years, I’ve spent some time thinking about how the government can help entrepreneurship.

How to Turn Your Home into a Business Location

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Capital Gains Tax Consideration Know that if you will use a part of your home for a business, you may have to pay capital gains tax when you put the home on sale, even if you didn’t claim any deductions for occupancy costs and mortgage interest when you operated the business.

Why Now's the Time to Sell Your Business

Inc Startups

Low Taxes This chart shows a history of taxes on capital gains going back to the early 20th century. The capital gains tax rates, as part of this year''s effort to stave off the dreaded "fiscal cliff," were raised from 15 percent to 20 percent.

French Tax Law for Start-ups: Ringing the Alarm Bell

Cracking the Code

This post is a translation of the article: « Pigeons » : le cri d'alarme d'un fonds américain published on LaTribune (12/10/2012) and is a response to the proposed tax law proposed by the government of Francois Hollande, suggesting to tax all capital gain at the same level than salaries or 60%.

Introducing the Cap Table and Hiring the CTO

Feld Thoughts

Later, if they sell, the low tax basis and capital gains tax rates result in a lower tax liability than if they didn’t file the 83(b) election. Rather, it gets recorded in a document called the Capitalization Table (or “Cap Table”), which shows the ownership stake each person or entity has in the business. As Finance Fridays continues, we are introducing the concept of the Cap Table.

Convertible Debt: Worst Form Of Seed Financing — Except For All The Others


How to finance a new seed-stage startup? Equity? Convertible debt? Convertible equity? As of August 2010, Paul Graham famously proclaimed , “Convertible notes have won. Every investment so far in this YC batch (and there have been a lot) has been done on a convertible note.”

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

Both Sides of the Table

If you never raise another round of venture capital (a big if) and if your company is sold for the normal venture exit ($50 million on average for 200 or so annually that get sold) then what is your stake? That’s an after-tax gain of $287,500 / year for 2 years.

When do I need to incorporate a company?

Startup Company Lawyer

Incorporating a company and demonstrating that it is a “real&# business with sufficient capital is typically a prerequisite to a visa application. Starting capital gains holding period in the event of a stock sale. If a founder sells stock of a company in a taxable transaction and it is held for greater than one year, then the capital gains tax rate is 15% for founders in the 25% tax bracket and higher. [It's been awhile since I wrote anything.

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Nokia as “He Who Must Not Be Named” and the Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

While the government says they love startups, the first thing they did this year is raise the capital gains tax. Filed under: Business Model versus Business Plan , Customer Development , Teaching , Venture Capital. Business Model versus Business Plan Customer Development Teaching Venture CapitalI was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University.

Drafting a Declaration of Independents

Bryce Dot VC

Independent businesses, who’ve raised outside capital, put in place a distribution plan for their investors to share profits and relieve pressure to go public or sell out. Last week Fred wrote a post wrestling with what to call a certain kind of business.

Why Startups Should Pay Attention to Herman Cain’s 9-9-9

Both Sides of the Table

In case you don’t know, “the “9-9-9 plan” would replace all current taxes (including the payroll tax , capital gains tax , and the estate tax ) with 9% business transaction tax; 9% personal income tax rate, and a 9% federal sales tax.”

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