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Section 1042 Capital Gains Tax Deferral

The most significant tax benefit available to business owners who implement an ESOP.

The benefits from an ESOP can provide meaningful value to the selling shareholder(s), the company and the employees participating in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Tax issues should not drive the decision to sell a business, but once the decision is made, the tax benefits of the ESOP make it a viable alternative to selling to a strategic buyer. This white paper takes a close look at the IRS section 1042 capital gains tax deferral that applies when selling a business to an ESOP.

Highlights include:

  • Explanation of the IRS section 1042 capital gains tax deferral
  • Eligibility criteria required to elect section 1042 and when section 1042 is appropriate
  • How to use a margin loan to create liquidity
  • C-Corp vs. S-Corp sales and 1042 deferral