Monthly Archives: August 2016

Improving Legal Documents in Crowdfunding: New Tax Audit Language for Operation Agreements

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By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Last year I reported that Congress had changed the rules governing tax audits of limited liability companies and other entities that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes. The changes don’t become effective until tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, but because most LLCs created today will still be around in 2018, it’s a good idea to anticipate the changes in your Operating Agreements today. Under the current rules, the IRS conducts audits of LLCs at the entity level through a “tax matters partner” (normally the Manager of the LLC), and…

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Worried About Fraud with your Self Directed IRA? SEC says, Ask a Financial Advisor

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By Kirk Chisholm Wealth Manager and Principal at Innovative Advisory Group (IAG), CrowdFund Beat Guest post, If you are worried about the risks of fraud when using a self-directed IRA, then do as the SEC recommends in their Fraud Alert, “Ask a professional”. In their September 2011 Investor Alert, Self-Directed IRAs and the risk of fraud , the SEC outlined typical fraud risks when using a self-directed IRA. The top three self directed IRA fraud risks that they focus on are: Misrepresentations regarding custodial responsibilities Exploitation of tax-deferred account characteristics Lack of information for alternative investments While these may be common fraud risks that the SEC sees…

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Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding


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An Investment Decision – Single-Family Homes vs Multifamily Properties

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Crowdfund Beat Editorial, Real estate investing has long been an enticing option for entrepreneurs looking to expand and diversify their investment portfolios, and for good reason. The housing market crash of the last decade has resulted in a hot rental market, as many Americans are choosing to forgo buying in favor of renting for flexibility and affordability. If you’ve been considering a foray into real estate, you’re not alone in your desire. Many are throwing their hats into the landlord ring, and hoping to make sustainable profits that cushion retirement funds and serve as immediate supplemental income. Before making an offer on a property, there’s…

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What to Know Before Purchasing a Restaurant Franchise

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  Franchises have proven to be a lucrative venture for savvy investors, and the restaurant industry continues to remain a popular option for entrepreneurs looking to expand their business sights. While in theory it sounds like an easy venture—buy a pre-existing business that’s proven to be successful and oversee it—in reality, the ins and outs of securing and maintaining a restaurant franchise can be time-and-cost intensive. Consider the following facets of franchise endeavors and determine whether this venture is right for you. Raise the Funds While opening a franchise restaurant is generally much cheaper than starting a restaurant from scratch and building it from the…

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Regulation A Timeline

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By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. “How long will it take?” That’s one of the two questions I’m asked most often about Regulation A. The answer is that if everything goes smoothly, it should take about 20 – 24 weeks from the day an issuer decides to raise money using Regulation A until it begins selling securities. Every company is different, of course, and lots of things can delay the process, but 20 – 24 weeks is a good rule of thumb. With this Regulation A Timeline, I hope to provide issuers and their advisors with a framework for conducting…

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Understanding the 1031 Exchange and How it Affects Investors

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By David Wieland, CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, The following is a guest post written by Realized Holdings, a valued WealthForge partner who helps investors reinvest their 1031 equity. With commercial real estate values at an all-time high, there’s been a lot of buzz about 1031 exchanges. Why all the excitement? For starters, investors can save 30% to 40% in taxes on the sale of their investment property by completing a 1031 exchange. While tax code may be boring, saving money is not. A 1031 exchange allows investors to defer payment of capital gains taxes when they sell properties by reinvesting or “exchanging” their equity into “like-kind” replacements.…

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SEC: Investment Adviser Boasted

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016-161 SEC: Investment Adviser Boasted Phony Assets and Track Record, Stole From Client Washington D.C., Aug. 11, 2016 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a San Francisco man and his investment advisory firm accused of pretending to manage millions of dollars in assets and then stealing money from the first client who invested with them based on their misrepresentations. The SEC alleges that Nicholas M. Mitsakos and Matrix Capital Markets, which is a state-registered investment adviser in California, solicited investors in a purported hedge fund while falsely marketing themselves as experienced money managers with a highly successful…

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The Tax Implications of Starting Your Own Business

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Starting a small business is rife with regulations, tasks, and endless streams of expenses. One thing many entrepreneurs don’t consider at the onset of a new business is the major tax implications this venture can have. Check out what you can expect from the IRS after deciding to start your own business. Consider Your Business Structure As you begin your venture, consider how you’re going to structure your business. Will you classify your business as an LLC, partnership, S-corp, or C-corp? Many small business owners elect to declare their business as an LLC because this structure typically provides a larger amount of protection and a…

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iDisclose Launches a Free “SEC Scrubber” Tool for Crowdfunding Issuers

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iDisclose Announces Free Online Tool to Conform Documents to SEC Acceptable Format NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – August 17, 2016) – iDisclose announced today that it is offering a free online service to help issuers and their counsel submit the required crowdfunding documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission. iDisclose CEO Georgia Quinn explained that “we have noticed a lot of people are having trouble uploading the required documents to the SEC’s online system known as EDGAR. This is due to the finicky nature of the system and somewhat archaic technology it uses. Several issuers’ uploads were getting bounced and the error messages were indecipherable.” Many…

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Intermediaries, Trust and Equity Crowdfunding

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By Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor Intermediary-controlled trust has been the main game in selling shares and equity since the 1930’s. That is why regulators have latched onto intermediaries, and their existing regimes to regulate the emergence of crowdfunding. However intermediary-less trust is on its way. A truism that is getting stronger and stronger is that “the crowd will catch a bad actor long before the regulator will”. The persistent focus on intermediaries by regulators means that they have not empowered the assistance the crowd can give in keeping equity crowdfunding participants honest. If blockchains become the new way to evidence trusted equity crowdfunding transactions we…

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Crowdfunding Aggregators Help Investors Gain Efficiency, Convenience

By Jorge Newbery,  CrowdFundBeat contributing Guest Editor,  Founder and Chief Executive Officer of American Homeowner Preservation LLC Crowdfunding is predicted to account for more funding than venture capital in 2016. This relatively new tool is rapidly emerging as a powerful capital-raising option for startups, small businesses, and real estate operators. Equity crowdfunding, or investment crowdfunding, empowers investors to fund ventures in return for equity or debt. But with countless deals available on a wide range of online platforms, would-be investors may not know where to look for deals, or may feel overwhelmed by the abundance of choices. In order to help potential investors navigate this sea…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Telegraph.co.ukCity regulator to crack down on crowdfundingThe GuardianIt took over regulation of crowdfunding in April 2014 and its proposed changes stem from a review of rules that it announced in July. The government has encouraged the growth of the sector, particularly peer-to-pee [...]

Entrepreneur3 Trends That Will Shape Crowdfunding in 2017 - EntrepreneurEntrepreneurThe market is evolving, and so are the products that help drive it. Consumers and backers alike are on the lookout for customizable solutions to everyday ...and more » [...]

Crowd-funding campaign to save fire-damaged historic Anglican school in MadagascarEpiscopal News Service[Anglican Communion News Service] An Anglican college in Madagascar is facing closure unless a crowdfunding campaign can help it break a decade-long “vicious cycle” of decline cause [...]

VentureBeatHow crowdfunding will transform inner citiesVentureBeatIt's been only six months since Regulation Crowdfunding was legalized, and it's already proving to be highly successful funding source for new businesses. 50 percent of companies that have closed on their fina [...]

International Business Times UKTop 5 failed crowdfunding campaigns: The biggest scams and shams from Kickstarter and IndiegogoInternational Business Times UKTop five crowdfunding fails: From James Bond gadgets to anti-gravity shoes. Backers beware: Crowdfunding projects don't alw [...]

Cycling WeeklyHerne Hill Velodrome launches 'The Big Finish' crowdfunding campaignCycling WeeklyThe Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money needed to fit-out the venue's new pavilion. The group hopes to gain £75,000 in ple [...]

ForbesThree Tips For Chinese Startups Launching In The U.S. Market Via CrowdfundingForbesEntering international markets has always been challenging, but some Asia-based companies have a found a surprising new strategy: crowdfunding. Three of the largest crowdfunding campaigns this sum [...]

Crowdfund InsiderSo You Want to Equity Crowdfund: A No-B.S. Guide to Crowdfunding Your BusinessCrowdfund Insider“With Regulation Crowdfunding, you're now asking your core customers, audience members, users—people who believe in your idea—to fund you. But, instead of just getting [...]

Spectator.co.uk (blog)Buy-to-let, food prices, crowdfunding and pensionsSpectator.co.uk (blog)In the year that the Government increased stamp duty by 3 per cent for landlords, research by the estate agency Haart shows that the number of properties sold to buy-to-let investors dropped [...]

Every Accountant Should Know About CrowdfundingAccountingweb.com (blog)As an accountant it is very important that you should be knowledgeable about crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is one of the best ways for a business to get the capital they need in quick time. Usually in crowdfunding, a [...]

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