Posted by: Steven Toscher | January 10, 2023

STEVEN TOSCHER, SANDRA BROWN and JONATHAN KALINSKI to Speak at Upcoming Strafford Webinar

We are pleased to announce that Steven Toscher , Sandra Brown and Jonathan Kalinski will be speaking at the upcoming Strafford webinar “Taxation of Cannabis: Overcoming Tax Challenges in Cannabis Business Operations, Key Planning Techniques,” Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (PST).

The sale and distribution of cannabis for recreational or medical use has become a powerful economic engine generating billions in annual revenue with 33 states and the District of Columbia having some form of legalization of the substance. Despite state relaxation of marijuana prohibition laws, without careful planning, the taxation of regulated cannabis businesses can result in hefty tax assessments and penalties.

Cannabis businesses are accounting for and reporting the results of their operations with gross receipts, cost of goods sold (COGS), and other deductions just like other for-profit businesses. However, as long as marijuana remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law, these businesses must navigate the pitfalls of complex federal and state tax rules.

Under Section 61, all gross income must be reported from whatever source it is derived. However, under Section 280E, cannabis businesses cannot deduct rent, wages, and other expenses unless it is for COGS, resulting in a substantially higher tax rate than other companies on their income. This dilemma has been the subject of recent tax court cases and appeals.



Listen as our panel discusses federal and select tax rules impacting the cannabis industry, recent tax court cases, Section 280E, forfeiture, banking, and other related issues.

We are also pleased to announce that we will be able to offer a limited number of complimentary and reduced cost tickets for this program on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sharon Tanaka at sht@taxlitigator.com. 

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