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Founder Tax Trap

Exits for Startups In today’s deal environment, founders of startups seeking an exit are likely to encounter offers of equity or a mix of cash and equity.  While Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are flush with cash, private unicorns are also active acquirers today.  These private companies have reached sky-high…

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PPP Loans for Startups: 1 Benefit and 5 Drawbacks

Payroll Protection Program Loans appear to be an obvious choice for cash-strapped startups. Yet PPP Loans come with hidden drawbacks, particularly when planning a sale of the company. Some are triggered at the time of drawing down the loan and others only at the time of forgiveness. Benefit: Free Money…

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New NOL Rules for Asset Sales and ICOs

Amid all the other stimulus provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is a major change in the tax treatment of net operating losses (NOLs).  This change is especially relevant for: acquirers and sellers of business assets and businesses who engaged in an initial coin…

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Belcher, Smolen & Van Loo Represents Hyphen on its sale to Betterworks

BSV represented Hyphen, a leading employee listening and engagement platform based in San Francisco, in it sale to Betterworks.  Betterworks will integrate Hyphen and its products in the Betterworks software solution for enterprises to have the capability to generate actionable insights from their workforce and create goals to drive measurable…

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Aaron Belcher Speaks at Avoidance of M&A Pitfalls Panel at Startup Bridge

Earlier this summer Aaron Belcher moderated a panel hosted by Startup Bridge discussing some of the pitfalls startup companies can avoid to enhance the likelihood successful M&A exits. Topics covered by the panel included IP protection, corporate compliance and deal structures involving large publicly traded and cross-border acquirers. Those in…

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Qualified Opportunity Funds for FinTech Investors and Startup Founders

QOFs: Essential Takeaways for Founders and Investors in Startups Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) offer investors a range of potentially massive tax benefits, but this tax regime is far from simple.  Passed as part of the 2017 Tax Reform, QOFs were originally viewed as primarily for real estate investors.  However, that…

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Top Five Tax Benefits for Investors

The 2017 Tax Reform created dramatic changes in the landscape for investors.  Capital gain deferral?  Check.  Reduction in tax rates?  Check.  Exemption for capital gains tax?  Check.  Read further for a high-level overview of five top tax issues for investors to consider, with a mix of new rules alongside some…

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Tax Issues for Cryptocurrency – 2019

Jon Van Loo moderated a panel on tax issues for cryptocurrency in New York on March 6.  Featuring a wide range of topics, the panelists covered areas ranging from software platforms and the latest technology to track trading income to the tax issues faced by companies paying cryptocurrency to their…

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