I'm the sole founder of a startup and I've incorporated a delaware c-corp, but have not yet issued any shares. I'm putting all that legal stuff off so I can focus on product development. Plan is to issue shares to myself and transfer over the IP to the company at a later point in time. However, I read this somewhere on the interwebz
"If you wait too long to set your structure up, you run into tax traps. Founders normally work for sweat equity and sweat equity is a taxable commodity. If you wait until your first funding event before setting up the structure, you give the IRS a measure by which to put a comparatively large number on the value of your sweat equity and you subject the founders to needless tax risks. Avoid this by setting up early and using cheap stock to position things for the founding team."
thoughts? what should i be doing to be in compliance with an overreaching and bureaucratic government / IRS, so everything is kosher to the "guns in power"
As the quote you provided says, the problem is not waiting, per se - it's waiting until a time close to a funding event, then issuing shares to yourself at a price substantially below the price paid by the investor.
Do you expect to seek money from one or more investors? If so, then issue your shares (in exchange for assignment of the IP) before you start looking for those investors.
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