Business Advising / Planning

Business Best Practice

Ever wonder if there is a best way to achieve the operational goals, do your record keeping or manage the 1000s of tasks of your business?  Our team can help you with evaluating the best practices for your business and in your industry.  We can provide you guidelines and tips for streamlining and managing your compliance and risk.  Whatever your working with, we’ll help you find the industry best practices that fit your needs and ensure your success. 

Succession Planning

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

Income Strategies

 Growing Revenues is the name of the game for successful businesses and our team works with business leaders to identify pathways to expand income opportunities.  Strategic growth includes return on investment analysis and Capital & Equipment planning.  We can assist with income strategies and help monitor their progress once initiated. Sometimes timing is key, and we can help you with forecasts that support the plan.

Financial Planning

Aligning your financial goals with business plans is part of key financial services.  We can help you plan timing, investment and debt pathways to ensure you achieve your financial goals.  You know your business and we can support you with financial planning  tools to ensure you arrive at your vision.

Tax Efficiency Analysis

Careful plans include tax efficiency strategies for the smart business leader.  Our tax team is here to support you and answer your questions about the tax consequences of your business plans before you move forward.  We can help you identify the smart tax planning for your business.

Retirement Planning

Options for the future for the business, employees and executives abound.  We can help you identify options, connect you with experts to implement the right plans for your company.  Succession planning for your company can also be part of your plan. 

Tax Planning

Planning is the key to successfully and legally reducing your tax liability. We go beyond tax compliance and proactively recommend tax saving strategies to maximize your after-tax income.

We make it a priority to enhance our mastery of the current tax law, complex tax code, and new tax regulations by attending frequent tax seminars.

Businesses and individuals pay the lowest amount of taxes allowable by law because we continually look for ways to minimize your taxes throughout the year, not just at the end of the year.

We recommend Tax Saving Strategies that help you...

  • grow and preserve assets by keeping Uncle Sam out of your pockets.
     
  • defer income so you can keep your money now and pay less taxes later.
     
  • reduce taxes on your income so you keep more of what you make.
     
  • reduce taxes on your estate so your family keeps more of what you've made.
     
  • reduce taxes on your gifts so you can give more.
     
  • reduce taxes on your investments so you can grow your wealth faster.
     
  • reduce taxes on your retirement distributions so you can retire in style.

 
Here's just a few of the Tax Saving Strategies we use...

  • Splitting income among several family members or legal entities in order to get more of the income taxed in lower bracket.
     
  • Shifting income or expenses from one year to another in order to have them fall where it will be taxed at a lower rate.
     
  • Deferring tax liabilities through certain investment choices such as pension plans, contributions and other similar plans.
     
  • Using certain investments to produce income that is tax exempt from either federal or state or both taxing entities.
     
  • Finding tax deductions by structuring your money to pay for things you enjoy, such as a vacation home.