Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) refers to stock in a qualified small business that has met certain requirements set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).


To be considered QSBS, the following criteria must be met:

  • The stock must be issued by a domestic C corporation.
  • The corporation must have less than $50 million in assets.
  • The stock must be acquired by the taxpayer at original issuance, either directly or through an underwriter.
  • The corporation must use at least 80% of its assets in the active conduct of one or more qualified trades or businesses.
Tax Benefits

Holders of QSBS may be eligible for a number of tax benefits, including:

  • Exclusion of 100% of the gain from the sale of QSBS, up to $10 million or 10 times the taxpayer’s basis in the stock, whichever is greater.
  • The exclusion is available to both individuals and corporations, but there are some limitations for corporations.

It’s important to note that there are some limitations and restrictions to QSBS, including:

  • The exclusion is only available for stock held for more than five years.
  • The exclusion may be limited for corporations, depending on the size and type of the corporation.
  • QSBS must be designated as such by the corporation and the IRS before the exclusion can be claimed.


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