Tax Accounting Business Assignment

Amy and Brian were investigating the acquisition of a tax accounting business, Bottom Line Inc. (BLI). As part of their discussions with the sole shareholder of the corporation, Ernesto Young, they examined the company's tax accounting balance sheet. The relevant information is summarized as follows:


FMV Adjusted Basis Appreciation
Cash $ 16,250 $ 16,250
Receivables 23,600 23,600
Building 142,000 71,000 71,000
Land 228,000 76,000 152,000
Total $ 409,850 $ 186,850 $ 223,000
Payables $ 24,700 $ 24,700
Mortgage* 154,500 154,500
Total $ 179,200 $ 179,200

* The mortgage is attached to the building and land.

Ernesto was asking for $495,400 for the company. His tax basis in the BLI stock was $119,000. Included in the sales price was an unrecognized customer list valued at $193,000. The unallocated portion of the purchase price ($71,750) will be recorded as goodwill. (Negative amounts should be indicated by a minus sign.)

a. What amount of gain or loss does BLI recognize if the transaction is structured as a direct asset sale to Amy and Brian? What amount of corporate-level tax does BLI pay as a result of the transaction?

b. What amount of gain or loss does Ernesto recognize if the transaction is structured as a direct asset sale to Amy and Brian, and BLI distributes the after-tax proceeds [computed in part (a)] to Ernesto in liquidation of his stock?

  1. c1. What are the tax benefits, if any, to Amy and Brian as a result of structuring the acquisition as a direct asset purchase?
  2. c2. What is the tax basis in the assets received by Amy and Brian?
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