Liquidating business assets
331 when they receive the liquidation proceeds in exchange for their stock.If the corporation distributes its assets for later sale by the shareholders, the assets generally “come out” of the corporation with a basis equal to FMV (and with the related recognition of gain or loss under Sec.However, the steps preceding liquidation usually involve bankruptcy, which -- at the individual level -- virtually ruins a person's credit for several years, making it very difficult and expensive to borrow money in the future.For businesses, liquidation usually means closing for good and selling off all the assets.
Ultimately, a judge decides whether to discharge an individual's debt.
Individuals, partnerships or corporations can liquidate assets.
Here's how liquidation works in the case of bankruptcy.
If all the debtor's assets are tax-exempt or subject to liens, there may not be any assets to liquidate and hence no money to distribute to creditors.
If there are assets to liquidate, however, the creditors usually file a written claim so they can receive some of the proceeds.
In the end, if a company's stock or bonds are deemed worthless by the bankruptcy court, investors might be able to deduct their losses on their tax returns.