Qualified Small Business Stock: Maximizing the Section 1202 Exclusion for Startup Investors

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Conducted on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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This course will explain how a business and its shareholders meet Section 1202 eligibility requirements for qualified small business stock (QSBS) to eliminate or reduce taxation of capital gains. Our panel of tax experts will discuss the corporate requirements, shareholder requirements, and the substantial tax savings available for stock that does qualify.


Section 1202 offers taxpayers (other than corporations) the potential to permanently exclude from taxable income 10 million dollars (and possibly much more) of capital gains recognized in connection with the sale of QSBS. For investors in certain startups, this can result in millions of cash-tax savings.

There are corporate qualifications, shareholder eligibility rules, and holding period requirements to qualify. The small business must have no more than $50 million in gross assets from the date of inception until the date of sale, the business must be a qualified trade or business, and investors must hold the stock for five years. These are just a few of many eligibility requirements. Shareholders not holding the stock for five years could preserve QSBS benefits by rolling over the sales proceeds as outlined under Section 1045.

Listen as our panel of tax veterans discusses who can benefit from Section 1202, its requirements, the many traps for the unwary, and planning opportunities available so shareholders achieve maximum tax savings.



  1. Qualified small business stock (Section 1202)
  2. Corporate requirements
    1. Defining a qualified small business
    2. Understanding the active business requirement
    3. Preventing eligibility foot-faults
  3. Shareholder requirements
    1. Holding period requirements
    2. Ineligible share transfers
    3. Pass-through entities and QSBS
  4. Other common considerations
  5. Rolling over proceeds from the sale of QSBS (Section 1045)


The panel will review these and other critical issues:

  • How can an eligible investor maximize their QSBS exclusion?
  • What stock is and is not eligible for the QSBS exclusion?
  • What are best practices to avoid Section 1202 ineligibility?
  • What is the current state of Internal Revenue Service challenges?


Dobens, Ryan
Ryan J. Dobens

Senior Manager

Mr. Dobens is a Senior Manager part of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of PwC's Washington National Tax...  |  Read More

Parker, Lance
Lance Parker

Tax Attorney

Mr. Parker is a member of PwC’s Washington National Tax Services group, specializing in partnership taxation of...  |  Read More

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