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Webinar(CA): S Corporations: Distributions, Stock Basis and Loss Limitations


Making the S election avoids double taxation for corporate operations after the election is effective. Consider the special rules related to adjusting the stock adjusted basis, distributions and loss limitations.
Rules surrounding the S election are necessary to accomplish the single level of tax at the shareholder level. Evaluate the details of the adjustments to stock basis. Cover descriptions and illustrations regarding calculation of the “accumulated adjustment account” (AAA) and determination of whether a distribution is from AAA.
Loss limitation rules will be explained and illustrated with a special focus on complications arising when both distributions and losses occur in the same taxable year. Also, take into account the tax considerations of losses reducing the adjusted basis in shareholder loans. Identify and evaluate tax planning opportunities and strategies.

Learning Objectives

Recognize the adjustments to stock basis rules.
Characterize the tax treatment of a distribution based on the ability to determine the balance in the accumulated adjustment account (AAA).
Apply the loss limitation rules considering both stock and debt basis.
Determine the tax consequences of distributions made in the same year that there is a loss.
Identify and evaluate tax planning opportunities and strategies.

Major Topics

Details of the stock basis adjustments when an S election is effective
Rules that characterize distributions to S corporation shareholders either as potential stock basis reductions or dividend income
Definition of “accumulated adjustment account” (AAA)
Special rule when there is a “net negative adjustment”
The rule limiting losses to stock and shareholder loans to the corporation
The tax complications related to using shareholder loans to the corporation to deduct losses
The basis adjustment ordering rules when there are losses and distribution in same taxable year
Tax planning opportunities and strategies

California CPA Education Foundation
Course Level
CPE Field of Study
Who Should Attend

CPAs and attorneys.

John McWilliams

Understanding the basics of taxation of indivduals, corporations, S corporations and partnerships.

Advanced Preparation


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Jan 12, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm MDT
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Webinar(CA): S Corporations: Distributions, Stock Basis and Loss Limitations

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