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Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015: What it Means for Your Business?

You may have been busy celebrating the holidays while President Obama signed “The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH),” bill into law on December 18, 2015. What does this mean for your business? As a new tax season is upon us, it is time to take note of the changes.

For the past few Decembers, Congress has passed “temporary” tax provisions but this new bill finally makes them permanent. This should give businesses confidence in 2016 as these important tax incentives has been extended through 2019, or permanently in some cases.

Here are a few of the bill’s notable Business Tax extenders:

  • Tax credit for research expenditures, which allows a qualified small business (i.e., a corporation or partnership with gross receipts less than $5 million in a taxable year) to elect a credit against payroll tax liability, up to $250,000, in lieu of taking a research tax credit.
  • Work opportunity tax credit. Allows a credit for the hiring of a qualified long-term unemployment recipient (unemployed for not less than 27 consecutive weeks).
  • Exclusion of 100% of gain on certain small business stock
  • Equalization of the tax exclusion for employer-paid mass transit and parking benefits. Expands such exclusion to include bike-sharing programs. 
  • Increases the national limitation amount for the new markets tax credit through 2016. Extends through 2021 the period for carryover of unused limitation amounts.

Our team at Optima Law is always available for consultation on your business legal matters. While we are not tax lawyers, we do always keep tax consideration in mind in protecting and growing your business and routinely work with the best CPA and tax advisers to maximize your benefit. Contact us at 858-964-4697 or info@optimalawgroup.com for a free consultation. 

Optima Law Assists StarPoint Advantage with Acquisition


We are pleased to announce that Optima Law Group’s client, StarPoint Advantage, a San Diego-based IT technology services business, has been acquired by Business Complete Solutions (BCS), which supplies office equipment, document management and managed IT services to the San Diego market. Optima Law Group assisted with the acquisition, which was completed on December 1st.

StarPoint is a Managed Services Provider (MSP) that provides a range of managed and cloud services. Prior to the acquisition, BCS, the largest independently owned company of its kind, provided the same services but it was looking to acquire a company that would allow it to expand its offerings in order to accelerate growth.

The new acquisition permits BCS and StarPoint to jointly market combined product and service offerings throughout the San Diego market, allowing BCS to expand its service offerings through StarPoint’s employees. David Davis, President of StarPoint Advantage, will remain with BCS to lead its managed services business.

The Optima Law Group team would like congratulate StarPoint and BCS on a successful acquisition. We wish them the very best in the future.

Optima Law Group assists clients in relation to mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, federal and state securities compliance, corporate securities, debt and equity financing, stock option plans, intellectual property, emerging companies, and corporate governance.

For more information, please contact us at 858-964-4697 or via e-mail atinfo@optimalawgroup.com.

Read More about the StarPoint Acquisition in the San Diego Business Journal

Opportunities and Landmines: Changes In Rule 506 and Reg D (Part 2)

On September 23, 2013 (the “Effective Date”), all companies that rely on a Rule 506 exemption for their securities offerings were affected by the SEC’s new ‘bad actor disqualification.’ The ‘bad actor disqualification’ affects all securities offerings that rely on Rule 506, even those made by companies that choose not to engage in general solicitation under the new Rule 506(c). Your company’s securities offering is at risk of losing its Rule 506 exemption if a “covered person” engages in a “disqualifying event” on or after the Effective Date, and you must give written disclosure to your company’s investors for those that occurred prior to the Effective Date.

“Covered persons” include:

  • the issuer, including its predecessors and affiliated issuers;

  • directors, general partners, and managing members of the issuer;

  • executive officers of the issuer, and other officers of the issuers that participate in the offering;

  • 20 percent beneficial owners of the issuer, calculated on the basis of total voting power

  • promoters connected to the issuer;

  • for pooled investment fund issuers, the fund’s investment manager and its principals; and

  • persons compensated for soliciting investors, including their directors, general partners and managing members.

“Disqualifying events” include:

  • Certain criminal convictions;

  • Certain court injunctions and restraining orders;

  • Final orders of certain state and federal regulators;

  • Certain SEC disciplinary orders;

  • Certain SEC cease-and-desist orders;

  • SEC stop orders and orders suspending the Regulation A exemption;

  • Suspension or expulsion from membership in a self-regulatory organization (SRO), such as FINRA, or from association with an SRO member; and

  • U.S. Postal Service false representation orders.

If a covered person engages in a disqualifying event and no exception or other exemption from registration is available, your company’s investors will have the right to rescind their investments for one year and get their money back.

With these dire consequences in mind, we advise you to do your due diligence by distributing questionnaires and creating written procedures for assessing potential bad actors. Your company is now required to take preemptive action to avoid disqualification, and you need to be prepared to make representations as to the compliance of your company and all covered persons. For these reasons, you should always work with qualified counsel when initiating or altering your Rule 506 offering. Optima Law Group’s attorneys have extensive experience in securities law and offer a free initial consultation.

Contact the attorneys at Optima Law Group today at (858) 526-6555.  

Opportunities and Landmines: Changes In Rule 506 and Reg D

On September 23, 2013, major changes to the SEC’s Rule 506 went into effect that create new opportunities and impose new burdens on companies (issuers), especially start-ups, looking to raise capital to grow their ventures. Companies that rely on Rule 506 as an exemption for their securities offerings MUST be alerted to these recent changes and remain vigilant in order to stay compliant.

On the opportunity side, in the past, companies were barred from public soliciting and/or advertising (i.e., general solicitation). Now, companies can potentially advertise the sale of their stock under the new Rule 506(c). Your company can engage in general solicitation—for example, advertising on television or the Internet—if the following strict requirements are met:

  1. The offering can only be made to accredited investors;

  2. Your company must take reasonable steps to verify that all purchasers of the securities are accredited investors;

  3. Your company must comply with new Form D filing requirements; and

  4. Advertising materials with proper legends must be submitted to the SEC in advance of the solicitation.

While it is an exciting time for companies raising capital, the SEC rules on this subject are still developing. Our recommendation is to proceed cautiously and allow time for further development of the rules. The SEC has not yet clarified what constitute “reasonable steps to verify that all purchasers of the securities are accredited investors,” and the opportunity for general solicitation is tempered by restrictions that could burdensome for your company. If you are interested in having a Rule 506(c) offering, receive a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney at Optima Law Group by calling (858) 526-6555.

Next time, I will be continuing this series and highlighting another recent, major development that affects each and every company’s offering that relies on a Rule 506 exemption.