The intensely personal dynamic of a family business divorce can lead to a multitude of applications to the court for interim relief in an effort to gain the higher ground financially and psychologically. This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights a case in which Justice Emily Pines addressed dueling motions by step-siblings for interim, mandatory injunctions in a battle for control of their late father’s auto dealerships.
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Pass-through tax entities including S corporations and LLCs can create personal tax liability on so-called phantom income, that is, undistributed net income allocated on Form K-1. A case recently decided by a Manhattan appeals court tells the tale of a selling shareholder’s costly failure to deal with the issue of phantom income in a stock buy-out agreement. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.
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Tax analysis is a critical part of the business divorce attorney’s job when it comes to fashioning a shareholder buy-out agreement that, among other things, protects the selling shareholder from personal income tax liability on non-distributed or “phantom” net income that later may show up on the shareholder’s Schedule K-1. This week’s New York Business Divorce looks at a recent decision by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische in a fight over the tax consequences of a buy-out settlement of a corporate dissolution.

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