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Are You Ready to Optimize Your Tax Efficiency for Rescheduling?

By Barbara Webb, CPA

Key Takeaways:

  • Cannabis companies face critical tax decisions following the notice of proposed rulemaking to reschedule cannabis.
  • Areas of consideration include reviewing open and estimated tax years, as well as assessing your current structure and its costs/benefits moving forward
  • Companies should also prepare for potential M&A opportunities and explore tax credits and incentives that could become available in a post-rescheduling world.


The federal government's proposal to move cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III carries significant tax implications beyond the (non-)application of 280E. It's essential for your business to navigate this new landscape and make informed decisions to optimize your tax position.

Here are four key areas to consider:

1. Reviewing Open and Estimated Tax Years

Now is the time to review prior year tax returns, considering recent court cases and other factors to determine if protective claims or amended returns are warranted and could be beneficial. Evaluating how recent events should impact your 2024 quarterly estimated tax payments and future tax strategies is crucial.

2. Structuring for Post-280E Tax Efficiency

Legal and operating structures designed for a 280E environment may no longer be optimal post-rescheduling. Assess the costs and benefits of maintaining your current structure and explore tax-efficient alternatives to avoid phantom income and simplify transactions between related companies.

3. Navigating M&A Tax Considerations

With merger and acquisition (M&A) activity expected to accelerate, it is crucial to optimize your company's tax structure for potential transactions. Whether you're an acquirer or a target, understanding the tax due diligence process and making informed decisions in light of the rescheduling announcement is essential.

4. Leveraging Tax Credits and Incentives

Post-rescheduling, cannabis companies can finally take advantage of federal, state, and local tax credits and incentives previously unavailable. Identifying and qualifying for credits related to research and development, employees, clean energy, and more will be beneficial for your business.

How MGO Can Help You

MGO's dedicated Cannabis practice has the experience and knowledge to help you navigate the complex tax implications and opportunities of rescheduling. Reach out to our team today.

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