Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Final 1120-S return


I am filing final 1120-S return, Corporation had no income for last 2 years, filed returns showing only expenses for % and bank fees, and taxes. Have some equipment that has been depreciated, and land. How do I properly dispose/distribute the property on the final return? Only one shareholder, no cash, no liabilities (except loans from shareholder). All equipment and land would go to the shareholder. Do I have to do recapture of depreciation if I have only salvage value on the equipment?
Thank you


Thanks for your question.

Two factors involved here.

First, the property should be treated as a liquidating distribution to the shareholder. The distribution will be at fair market value, so the corporation should report the distributions as a deemed sale to the shareholder, recognizing any gain on the distributions.

Second, the shareholder will receive the distributions valued at FMV and treat that as proceeds from the sale of stock, reporting capital gain or loss on the deemed sale of the stock (unless Sec 1244 applies, then report the loss as ordinary up to statutory limits).

Hope this helps.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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