Situation: You are currently working at a mid-sized certified public accounting firm. Your client is Bob Jones. Bob, age 60 and single, has recently retired from IBM. He has $690,000 available in his 401(k) fund and he is thinking of using that money to open a used car business that will be located at 210 Ocean View Drive in Pensacola, Florida. Bob has estimated that the business might make $300,000 in taxable income. Bob’s personal wealth including investments in land, stocks, and bonds is about $14,000,000. He reported an interest income of $20,000 and dividend income of $6,000 last year. The $14,000,000 includes land worth $9,000,000 that Bob bought in 1966 for $450,000. Bob has hired your firm for professional advice regarding whether he should operate as a sole proprietor, a partnership, an S corporation, or a C corporation. He is also considering transferring a possible 40% interest in his new business to his daughter Mandy, age 23 and single. Prepare a memorandum to the client, recommending a type of business entity, including an appendix of supporting IRS tax schedules and forms.
I need help with the following:
Determine the economic impact on the client’s financial situation. Based on your decision, determine the potential tax liability, keeping in mind appropriate IRS code and regulations.
Summarize, using moral reasoning, the cash or accrual accounting method in relation to the selected business entity.