In states that collect taxes on the sale or transfer of assets, an equity transaction may avoid some or all of these taxes. Sellers of shares must record a profit or loss from the transaction for tax purposes, depending on the sale price of the share and the basis of the sellers in the share. Although the term “share sale” has been used in this article to describe the primary alternative to asset selling, it should be noted that another common M&A trading structure, a merger, offers another alternative. A merger is, in many ways, similar to a share business, since the acquirer acquires the entire business that manages the transaction, including all of the company`s assets and liabilities. However, if the company has a considerable number of shareholders, if shareholders are not easily accessible, or if there is a risk that not all shareholders will support the transaction, a merger may be preferable to the sale of shares. This is because a share sale requires each shareholder to agree to sell that holder`s equity, whereas a merger typically requires the agreement of less than all shareholders. Assets transferred under an asset sale contract may include: Here are several benefits of an asset purchase transaction: A buyer will normally prefer to buy the assets of a company, while the seller prefers to sell the shares. . .