26 U.S. Code § 537 - Reasonable needs of the business

prev | next
(a) General rule
For purposes of this part, the term “reasonable needs of the business” includes—
(1) the reasonably anticipated needs of the business,
(2) the section 303 redemption needs of the business, and
(3) the excess business holdings redemption needs of the business.
(b) Special rules
For purposes of subsection (a)—
(1) Section 303 redemption needs
The term “section 303 redemption needs” means, with respect to the taxable year of the corporation in which a shareholder of the corporation died or any taxable year thereafter, the amount needed (or reasonably anticipated to be needed) to make a redemption of stock included in the gross estate of the decedent (but not in excess of the maximum amount of stock to which section 303 (a) may apply).
(2) Excess business holdings redemption needs
The term “excess business holdings redemption needs” means the amount needed (or reasonably anticipated to be needed) to redeem from a private foundation stock which—
(A) such foundation held on May 26, 1969 (or which was received by such foundation pursuant to a will or irrevocable trust to which section 4943 (c)(5) applies), and
(B) constituted excess business holdings on May 26, 1969, or would have constituted excess business holdings as of such date if there were taken into account (i) stock received pursuant to a will or trust described in subparagraph (A), and (ii) the reduction in the total outstanding stock of the corporation which would have resulted solely from the redemption of stock held by the private foundation.
(3) Obligations incurred to make redemptions
In applying paragraphs (1) and (2), the discharge of any obligation incurred to make a redemption described in such paragraphs shall be treated as the making of such redemption.
(4) Product liability loss reserves
The accumulation of reasonable amounts for the payment of reasonably anticipated product liability losses (as defined in section 172 (f)), as determined under regulations prescribed by the Secretary, shall be treated as accumulated for the reasonably anticipated needs of the business.
(5) No inference as to prior taxable years
The application of this part to any taxable year before the first taxable year specified in paragraph (1) shall be made without regard to the fact that distributions in redemption coming within the terms of such paragraphs were subsequently made.

Source

(Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 182; Pub. L. 91–172, title IX, § 906(a),Dec. 30, 1969, 83 Stat. 714; Pub. L. 94–455, title XIX, § 1901(a)(75),Oct. 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1777; Pub. L. 95–600, title III, § 371(c),Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2859; Pub. L. 104–188, title I, § 1704(t)(33),Aug. 20, 1996, 110 Stat. 1889.)
Amendments

1996—Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 104–188substituted “section 172 (f)” for “section 172 (i)”.
1978—Subsec. (b)(4), (5). Pub. L. 95–600added par. (4) and redesignated former par. (4) as (5).
1976—Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 94–455, § 1901(a)(75)(A), struck out “with respect to taxable years of the corporation ending after May 26, 1969” after “ ‘redemption needs’ means”.
Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 94–455, § 1901(a)(75)(B), struck out “or (2)” after “paragraph (1)”.
1969—Pub. L. 91–172designated existing provisions as subsec. (a)(1) and added subsecs. (a)(2), (3) and (b).
Effective Date of 1978 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 95–600applicable with respect to taxable years beginning after Sept. 30, 1979, see section 371(d) ofPub. L. 95–600, set out as a note under section 172 of this title.
Effective Date of 1976 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 94–455applicable with respect to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1976, see section 1901(d) ofPub. L. 94–455, set out as a note under section 2 of this title.
Effective Date of 1969 Amendment

Pub. L. 91–172, title IX, § 906(b),Dec. 30, 1969, 83 Stat. 715, as amended by Pub. L. 99–514, § 2,Oct. 22, 1986, 100 Stat. 2095, provided that: “The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply to the tax imposed under section 531 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 [formerly I.R.C. 1954] with respect to taxable years ending after May 26, 1969.”

The table below lists the classification updates, since Jan. 3, 2012, for this section. Updates to a broader range of sections may be found at the update page for containing chapter, title, etc.

The most recent Classification Table update that we have noticed was Tuesday, August 13, 2013

An empty table indicates that we see no relevant changes listed in the classification tables. If you suspect that our system may be missing something, please double-check with the Office of the Law Revision Counsel.

26 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large

 

LII has no control over and does not endorse any external Internet site that contains links to or references LII.