You’re busy serving customers. Managing employees. Overseeing the day-to-day operations of your business. Stepping down as the head of your company may not be on your radar, but sooner or later you’ll need to think about what will happen to your business once you’re out of the picture. We recommend that business owners start thinking about their business succession plan at least five years before planning to implement it. (more…)
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This month marks my 38th year in public accounting, 32 of which have been as a principal interacting with business owners and executives of closely held entities. I have been able to observe the good, the bad and the ugly as it relates to exiting a business. Throughout the years, I’ve had the privilege to serve some outstanding captains of industry who exemplified the ideal way of exiting a closely held business. (more…)
If you’re a business owner, did you know that you can significantly increase your net wealth by simply changing the way you look at your business? (more…)
Last year, I was consulting with a client who owned a business that was worth over $20.0 million. He said that one of his advisers told him “Why waste your time and money developing an exit and succession plan? You will be dead and won’t care and let others take care of it after you die.”
I guess that’s a good plan – if you don’t mind the chaos it creates for your family members and if your legacy is not important to you. (more…)
Exit strategies are the options that you have to leave your business. There are only a few exit strategies that Ohio business owners can choose from and each will provide you with a different level of proceeds when you leave. All strategies will require planning and time to implement.
It’s never too soon to start planning your exit. You will eventually leave your business, and it’s better to do so before a life-changing event forces you out. The sooner you plan, the more options you will have. (more…)
How do you plan for an uncertain future? Very carefully. That’s the advice that we’re giving to our clients as they to prepare for the tax law changes that are coming on January 1, 2013.
We can’t see into the future, but it looks like rates will go up, on lots of different types of income, in 2013. Unless changes happen, your rates will be significantly higher on January 1 than on December 31. What difference does a day make? Perhaps as much as a 29.4 percentage point jump in your taxes. (more…)
2012 Year-End Tax Tips
2012 is almost over and 2013 tax policy hasn’t yet been set. With so much media coverage about expiring tax cuts, increasing tax rates, and the looming fiscal cliff, CPAs and business owners alike are worried about what the New Year will bring. All we want for Christmas is sound 2013 tax policy!
Currently, President Obama is struggling to rally a squabbling Congress; without agreement, big tax hikes are coming. Unfortunately, this might not happen until the New Year – after the higher rates have kicked in. So, what’s a taxpayer to do? You can write a letter to Santa asking him to make Congress come to an agreement or you can act now to help save money and insulate your business from expected tax hikes. Here’s what you might want to consider with the help of your CPA: (more…)
One of the most basic individual investment principals is the concept of diversification. As an investor, diversification can protect you from a large drop in your portfolio due to the poor performance of any one investment.
If you own a business, the business value is most likely more than half of their entire net worth. You cannot simply call your investment advisor and quickly sell a part of your business to diversify. It is possible to sell a partial interest in a business, but this is not available to all business owners and requires significant amount of planning.
So, what can you do to protect your net worth from dropping from a large decrease in the value of your business? (more…)
2012 Gift Tax Exemptions and Business Planning
As you go about your day-to-day work within your business, you might not be thinking about what will happen when it’s time for you to leave the company. However, recent changes in the gift tax laws have created a window of opportunity that could allow you to transfer more of your business interests for less tax liability than at any other time in history. (more…)
You’ve worked hard to build your business and probably can’t imagine a time when it won’t be a major part of your life. But, someday, you’ll approach retirement and you’ll want to spend more time enjoying your life and less time balancing your books.
Maybe you’ll want to leave your business to your daughter. Maybe you’ll want to sell it and cash out. Either way, business transition doesn’t just happen. It isn’t serendipitous. You need a “get out of business” or succession plan. (more…)