# Redeeming stock shares upon retirement

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Mr. Burton owns 58,000 of the 100,000 outstanding shares of Mirkwood stock with a $50 basis per share. He wants to retire from business, and Mirkwood?s board of directors has offered to redeem any number of his shares for FMV ($120 per share). Mr. Burton wants to surrender enough shares so that the redemption will be treated as a sale instead of a dividend distribution.

(a) Determine the minimum number of whole shares that Mirkwood can redeem from Mr. Burton.

(b) Compute Mr. Burton?s after-tax cash flow from the redemption and compare it to his after-tax cash flow if Mirkwood redeemed one share less than the minimum number. Assume that his marginal tax rate on ordinary income is 35 percent.

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(a) Determine the minimum number of whole shares that Mirkwood can redeem from Mr. Burton.

<br>Substantially disproportionate redemption of stock: A redemption will be treated as a sale of stock by the redeemed shareholder if immediately after the redemption the shareholder (a) holds less than 50% of the voting power of the stock; (b) holds less than 80% of the voting stock the shareholder held before the redemption; and (c) holds less than 80% of the ...

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