Many business owners forced to postpone their business sale plans due to the pandemic are finally ready to move forward after an economic crisis. Financial advisers and accountants must understand how to serve clients effectively while selling their business. Some of the essential parts of aiding your clients are listed below.
The Buyer’s Key Points
Getting ready to meet with a potential buyer is exciting for any seller. You should arrange ahead of time with your customer to guarantee a successful encounter. Your client should be ready (and at ease) to provide information that the buyer will find interesting. This section includes the seller’s main reasons for selling, the legal state of the company, and any commercial challenges the owner has encountered.
You should also advise your client on the documents they must present to potential buyers, including balance sheets, cash flow statements, and other records. A potential buyer may also want to see property records, intellectual property assets, employee policies, and other papers if they are relevant to the transaction. You can avoid unpleasant surprises once discussions with buyers begin by alerting your client about anything the buyer might ask.
Identifying Possibilities to Lower the Tax Burden and Determining the Bestselling Structure
Most importantly, your client is happy with the transaction after selling their firm. As a result, it is crucial to assess the sale’s structure and assist your client in identifying any options to decrease their tax liability.
The Company’s Structure
It is vital to find viable restructuring options that meet the potential buyer’s goals while minimizing your client’s tax burden.
Stock Sale vs. Asset Sale
If your client’s company is a corporation, the tax treatment of the sale will depend on whether it organizes a stock or asset sale. While most sellers prefer a stock sale, your client should be prepared to negotiate the sale structure with a buyer who might choose an asset sale.
Negotiating the Purchasing Price
It is crucial to direct your client on negotiating the finalization of the purchasing price and understand the buyer’s expectations before finalizing the sale of any company-owned asset.
Profits Should be Reinvested in Opportunity Zones
Sell Your Business to Employees
If your business is a C corporation, you can sell shares to your employees through an employee stock ownership plan if you plan for time (ESOP). You decide on a reasonable sale price, and the ESOP pays you cash. It might roll over the proceeds into a diversified portfolio to avoid paying taxes on the gain.
Enhance Your Knowledge of Tax Issues
These are essential factors to consider while helping clients prepare to sell their business. It is critical to understand how you can apply your accounting knowledge to help your customers prepare for the changes that come with such a significant decision as selling their company.
Business owners also find it extremely hard to let go of their businesses. They enjoy the excitement of the chase and have made no specific plans for retirement. They could wish to discuss forming a consultancy arrangement with the buyer. It gives the departing owner continued revenue and tax benefits (claiming the qualified business income deduction if eligible).
Selling a business is a complex procedure from a legal and tax standpoint. It is essential to consult with a professional before making severe decisions or proceeding with deals.About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud platform where their QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools are hosted in an efficient SSO environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.