Yahoo may have to pay taxes on the $23 billion it hopes to get from the planned spinoff of its stake in Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. The company said Tuesday the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had denied the company's request for a private letter ruling on whether the spinoff of its stake in the Chinese e-commerce giant would be considered tax free.
However, Yahoo said the IRS had not concluded the transaction would be taxable. The company said it would weigh its options, including proceeding with the spinoff.
These additional tax related to the transaction would put even more pressure on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, whose turnaround efforts have had little effect on the firm's growth.
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Yahoo plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba into a public company along with Yahoo Small Business, which provides domain names and local marketing.