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Here is what you should do when facing an IRS Audit.
Taxation
Rogoway Law Group

I’m being audited by the IRS. What do I do?

Receiving a letter from the IRS, any letter, can be a fear inducing experience. But receiving a letter informing that you are under audit and requesting – nicely at first – that you produce all books and records for the year(s) under review can be particularly devastating. It’s possible that you contemplated an audit for items of tax that you

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LLCs & Corporations: Formation & Entity Structure Considerations
Corporate & Transactional
Hilary St. Jean

Formation & Entity Structure: Important Considerations for Startups

Decisions, decisions! Businesses often wonder where to start in connection with pulling together corporate paperwork for initial operations, including as to how they should structure their businesses and what entity type to choose. Many new entrepreneurs don’t have a broad understanding of how different types of entities operate and why it’s important to consider a variety of factors when choosing

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Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) Investing for Cannabis Businesses
Taxation
Rogoway Law Group

The Tax Code Giveth and The Tax Code Taketh Away: The Perils of Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) Investing

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) added a community revitalization program to the tax code by providing incentives to taxpayers who invest capital gains in economically distressed areas. The program is designed to unlock billions of dollars in capital gains for investment in these areas, referred to as “Qualified Opportunity Zones.” Taxpayers who realize capital gains by

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Incorporating your cannabis business as a C Corp in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA).
Corporate & Transactional
Rogoway Law Group

Double Taxation No More? Why C Corporations are Making a Comeback!

One of the perennial questions faced by taxpayers when forming a business is whether to incorporate it as a C Corporation or to form a flow-through entity such as an LLC, partnership, or S corporation. For most small business owners, the choice thus far has been a simple one: unless non-tax related considerations weighed heavily in favor of a C

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Tax Court Deals Another Blow to Cannabis Businesses
Taxation
Rogoway Law Group

Tax Court Deals Another Blow to Cannabis Businesses – Planning for §280E After the Alternative Healthcare Decision

Since the Tax Court’s decision in CHAMP v. Commissioner, cannabis businesses have rarely snagged a tax victory. The Tax Court’s decisions in Patients Mutual v. Commissioner and Alternative Healthcare Advocates v. Commissioner, issued in November and December 2018, respectively, adds to the pile of crushing losses for cannabis business owners. What is §280E and what how does it apply to cannabis

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Cannabis Tax Requirements for California Cannabis Businesses
Taxation
Lindsay Whyte

CDTFA’s Cannabis Tax Requirements for California Businesses

It is important for all commercial cannabis business operators to be well-versed in the tax requirements they will be subject to. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has made clear that each commercial cannabis business that sells cannabis or cannabis products must register with the CDTFA for a seller’s permit, and must regularly file sales and use

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for Cannabis Businesses
Taxation
Joe Rogoway

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – First Thoughts

Earlier today, the Conference Com. approved five hundred and three (503) pages of amendments to the Internal Revenue Code. This should soon become law, with many provisions effective in sixteen days. Most important to our business: 280E Congress made zero (0) changes to Section 280E. Cannabis companies are still forbidden to make common business deductions, forcing them to pay tax on a

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