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Gifts From Subchapter S Corporations and Their Shareholders

Friday, October 13, 2006

There are more than three million Subchapter S corporations in the United States with nearly six million shareholders. These corporations and shareholders can be major sources of charitable gifts, but there are technical tax laws that can turn a mistake in the gift transaction into a severe financial cost to the corporation, its shareholders, and even to a charity that receives a gift. What are these laws? How does a charity evaluate whether the economic and tax benefits from the gift will exceed its costs? When can a CGA be safely issued for a gift of S corporation stock? This article addresses these questions.