Tax Operations And Divestiture Planning: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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Executive Summary

Corporate divestitures usually are beyond the tax departments complete control, yet they can be extremely time-consuming and disruptive to departmental resources. Not only do divestitures involve many technical tax details, they also present a variety of operational issues throughout the transition and require careful planning to ensure both the selling and divested organizations have the right resources to address tax needs in the long run. The tax function plays a key role in both transaction and operational planning for a divestiture. When separation planning commences, senior tax resources typically assist with deal matters such as modeling attributes, preparing documentation for private letter rulings, or developing carve-out financial statements.

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