The IRS may be signing new regulations to limit discounts on the transfer of family company interests.
It was generally recognized that “discounts” could be applied in valuing transfers of business interests among family members.
There were two recognized types of discounts:
- A lack of marketability of the interests and these discounts ran from 25% (conservative) to 40%
- If the transfer represents a minority interest in the business (lack of control these discounts ran from 10% to 25%)
New Proposed Regulations
The IRS expects to issue new regulations in the next month or so. These are armed specifically to family companies that “hold securities,” but family owned businesses that operate companies may also be subject to discount restrictions.
It appears, at this time, that the new regulations will be prospective and not relocations.
If you are considering a transfer of a stake in a closely held company to a family member, it may be smart to discuss such a transfer with your accountant now before the new restrictions take effect.