Taxation of Cannabis: Overcoming Tax Challenges in Marijuana Business Operations, Key Planning Techniques

Entity Selection, Gross Income Inclusion, Impact of Tax Reform, Effect of Section 280E, IRS Audits, Tax Issues in Raising Capital

A live 90-minute premium CLE/CPE webinar with interactive Q&A


Thursday, June 18, 2020

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

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This CLE/CPE webinar will provide tax counsel and advisers guidance on tax and related issues for businesses engaged in the cannabis industry. The panel will discuss critical federal and select state tax rules impacting cannabis businesses, recent tax court decisions, Section 280E, forfeiture, and banking.

Description

The sale and distribution of cannabis for recreational or medical use have become a powerful economic engine generating billions in annual revenue with 33 states and the District of Columbia having some form of legalization of the substance. Despite state relaxation of marijuana prohibition laws, without careful planning, the taxation of regulated cannabis businesses can result in hefty tax assessments and penalties.

Cannabis businesses are accounting for and reporting the results of their operations with gross receipts, cost of goods sold (COGS), and other deductions just like other for-profit businesses. However, as long as marijuana remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law, these businesses must navigate the pitfalls of complex federal and state tax rules.

Under Section 61, all gross income must be reported from whatever source it is derived. However, under Section 280E, cannabis businesses cannot deduct rent, wages, and other expenses unless it is for COGS, resulting in a substantially higher tax rate than other companies on their income. This dilemma has been the subject of recent tax court cases and appeals.

Listen as our panel discusses federal and select tax rules impacting the cannabis industry, recent tax court cases, Section 280E, forfeiture, banking, and other related issues.

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Outline

  1. Impact of recent tax court cases on cannabis business tax planning
  2. Tax issues in operating a cannabis business

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Recent court decisions impacting the taxation of cannabis businesses
  • Application of tax rules to the cannabis industry and key planning techniques
  • Structuring the ownership of cannabis businesses to minimize tax
  • Key issues raised in IRS audits and methods to avoid them
  • Effect of Section 280E and deduction of the cost of goods sold

Faculty

Kalinski, Jonathan
Jonathan Kalinski

Principal
Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez

Mr. Kalinski specializes in both civil and criminal tax controversies as well as sensitive tax matters including...  |  Read More

Stein, Michel
Michel R. Stein

Principal
Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez

Mr. Stein specializes in tax controversies, as well as tax planning for individuals, businesses and corporations. For...  |  Read More

Toscher, Steven
Steven (Steve) Toscher

Principal
Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez

Mr. Toscher has been representing clients for more than 35 years before the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax Divisions...  |  Read More

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