“New Tax Law Will Affect Mergers and Acquisitions”

By Gary G. Wallace, CPA, Managing Partner

“New Tax Law Will Affect Mergers and Acquisitions”

Keiter’s Tax Practice Leader, Gary Wallace, shared insights on the impact of the recent tax reform on mergers and acquisitions in the article, “New Tax Law Will Affect Mergers and Acquisitions”, featured in Inside Business.


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Congress enacted at the end of 2017 is the most significant change to the U.S. tax code in over 30 years. Republicans tout that the bill will increase corporate investment, spur job growth and drive wages higher. While it is too soon to tell whether these goals will occur, the legislation does contain several provisions that will have a profound impact on deal flow.

For businesses in Hampton Roads and the U.S. considering a merger or acquisition in 2018, it is important to realize the changes that have occurred will need to be considered.

Historically, most acquirers have preferred asset acquisitions over stock acquisitions because of the additional tax benefits of depreciation/amortization of stepped-up asset basis. In other words, merger activity in the U.S. was more advantageous from a tax perspective when the buyer could step up the basis in tangible and intangible assets and get an additional tax deduction through depreciation or amortization.

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Gary G. Wallace

Gary G. Wallace, CPA, Managing Partner

Gary provides tax and business advisory services to business and individual clients. He has advised clients in various aspects of restructurings, including tax aspects of debt workouts and foreclosures, forgiveness of indebtedness, bankruptcy restructurings and liquidations, establishing liquidating trusts and partner-partnership transactions. Gary also has significant knowledge and experience in individual taxation, business taxation, and advising clients on all aspects of tax matters. He is the Managing Partner of the Firm.

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The information contained within this article is provided for informational purposes only and is current as of the date published. Online readers are advised not to act upon this information without seeking the service of a professional accountant, as this article is not a substitute for obtaining accounting, tax, or financial advice from a professional accountant.


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