Tax free acquisition

Definition:

A merger or consolidation in which (1) the acquirer's tax basis on each asset whose ownership is transferred in the transaction is generally the same as the acquiree's, and (2) each seller who receives only stock does not have to pay any tax on the gain realized until the shares are sold.

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Tax evasion

Illegal by reducing tax burden by underreporting income, overstating deductions, or using illegal tax shelters.

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