Turning Startup Profits into 100% Tax-free Gains under the Qualified Small Business Stock Rules

Venture capitalists and private equity groups are reportedly taking an interest in structuring startups to qualify under the qualified small business stock (QSBS) provisions of Code Sec. 1202. It's not hard to see why — this often-overlooked Code provision can turn much or all of the profit on a successful investment in a startup into tax-free gain. But time may be of the essence: Under current law, the 100% exclusion won't apply for QSBS acquired after 2011.

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