Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation for Financially Troubled Corporations, Partnerships and S Corporations
1 hour 30 minutes
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?
• You will be able to define cancellation of debt income.
• You will be able to describe the basic federal tax treatment of cancellation of debt income.
• You will be able to recognize the federal tax implications of modifying the terms of a debt instrument.
• You will be able to discuss the federal tax rules that apply to cancellation of debt income in a group of corporations filing a consolidated return.