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If you own a family business, retirement isn't simply a matter of deciding not to go into the office anymore. You've got some critical questions to answer like...

"What happens to the business when you're no longer running it?" and

"Will you have enough money to retire?"

The family dynamic complicates the whole transition because of the relationships and emotions involved. Most people are not comfortable discussing topics such as aging, death, and financial affairs.

Comfortable or not, succession planning should be a priority for any family business considering that more than seven out of ten family-owned businesses fail to survive the transition from founder to second generation, typically falling prey either to estate taxes or family discord - or both.

Developing and implementing a well-designed succession plan is essential to the survival of a family business from one generation to the next.

We help you with these key issues -

  • Keeping it in the family. Are you going to pass the business on to your family or sell it to a third party? We help you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each of these options.

  • Who's going to run the business when you're gone? Management and ownership are not one and the same. You may decide to transfer management of your business to just one of your children but transfer equal shares of business ownership to all your children, whether they're actively involved in the business or not.

  • Minimizing the tax bite. The tax burden when transitioning a family business can be significant. The challenge is that a family business is not generally a liquid asset, but taxes are typically due when ownership is transferred.

  • Making it fair. Transferring family ownership often adds a tremendous amount of stress to individual family members. We talk with each of the family members to ensure that they feel they a getting an equitable and fair share of the pie.

What we do for you...

Once we understand how you feel about the key issues above, we begin constructing your succession plan focusing on these 5 issues...

  1. Business Valuation

  2. Business Restructuring

  3. Tax Consequences

  4. Retirement Projections

  5. Tax Projections

Let us help you pass on what's taken a lifetime to build by requesting a consultation below.

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We take care of your books for you, so you can get back to the job of running your business and generating profits.
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We offer payroll solutions that meet your business's needs and enable you to spend time doing what you do best--running your company.
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We offer a variety of services to help make sure that you are taking full advantage of Quickbooks' many features.
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We're here to help you resolve your tax problems and put an end to the misery that the IRS can put you through.
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We offer one-on-one guidance and a comprehensive financial plan that helps manage risk, improve performance, and ensure the growth and longevity of your wealth.
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Most commonly looks like, "can I deduct my home, can I pay my children, should I buy equipment, should I track mileage, etc." This is a service that is sometimes addressed by phone calls to the office and/or emails. Often times it's with an associate or staff member in our office. It can also be something addressed and finalized in an annual office meeting. Different strokes for different folks, but we are capturing what "most" business clients are availing themselves of in this area.
Includes Federal and State vouchers based on safe harbor provisions of estimated tax payments. It uses prior year data to help avoid interest and penalties. It is worked on during your 2018 tax prep meetings.
Common in our practice. Many of our business client owners want us to run projections, using very detailed versions of what they think their personal return will look like, in it's entirety. Most commonly done in our office, with a tax manager or myself.
Most commonly looks like a before and after dog and pony show that illustrates the benefits of making retirement contributions and more importantly, structuring a plan for funding the contribution over a more manageable time frame.
The corporate fee includes all applicable schedules including partner K-1s.
We include one owner tax prep and for any additional owners we would offer a bundled fee of 75% of full price.
Our Valued Price Agreements allows our clients to lock in monthly, quarterly or annual billings that even out cash flow.
It is not a popular service within our firm because of a number of online tools but we do offer it at $75 per filing period (monthly, quarterly etc.). We have empowered our clients to take this role on themselves but we are happy to address in our annual office meeting.
We took time to review our previous billing methods, and to better serve our corporate level clients, have embraced a method that allows us to fix our annual fees. That method is based on the value of those services and the costs we incur, providing them.
Individual returns start at $550 and includes Schedule A, B 2441(Child Care Expenses) and one state return. Any additional schedules range from $50 - $100.

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