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With that said it is time to get right to it! Today’s post will explore when it COULD be actually beneficial to contribute real estate to your C-Corporation (a long taboo subject). This is based on an actual client situation where we developed this unusual strategy to achieve significant tax savings. As will always be the case in looking at specific client situations actual client names have not been used.

WHY IT’S NOT ALWAYS A BAD IDEA TO CONTRIBUTE REAL ESTATE TO YOUR C-CORPORATION

Every newly minted CPA has been instructed almost from Day 1 to inform their clients that it is unwise to contribute appreciated property (specifically real estate) to their C-Corporation. This philosophy has, in fact, become so ingrained that it is almost accepted as a matter of faith. A conversation might go as follows:

Client: I’m thinking about putting my building into the name of my Corporation. What do you think?

CPA: That’s really not a good idea.

Client: Really. How come?

CPA: It just isn’t . . . there could be some pretty bad tax consequences.

Client: Hmmm. Okay, thanks.

As the above hypothetical conversation shows (and it’s really not all that hypothetical) many new and even mid-level CPAs have become so indoctrinated in this theory that they often loose sight of the reason why it’s not a good idea to put property into a C Corp. Instead they tend to fall back to the tried and true response of “it just isn’t, ” or some variation thereof. In fact this bias has become so accepted that a CPA who even suggests otherwise runs the risk of being chided by their more erudite colleagues.

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