To tax-affect or not to tax-affect – Valuing pass-through businesses
Abstract: The debate in valuation circles over tax-affecting — reducing a pass-through entity’s projected future income for hypothetical corporate income taxes on that income — has heated up in recent years. This article outlines arguments for and against tax-affecting. It also explains how recent tax law changes may have leveled the playing field between C corporations and pass-through entities. A sidebar summarizes a recent case in which the U.S. Tax Court allowed tax-affecting methodology to account for the tax consequences of pass-through status.