So what are some tools and ways to lessen the tax bite? Depending on your business, your needs, and your timeline, consider three tested tools discussed in a recent Forbes article titled “Selling Your Business? 3 Ways To Cut The Tax Bite.

While you will want to read the original article, here are the three ways:

  • The ESOP Plan,
  • The Qualified Small Business Stock Plan, and
  • The C-to-S Corporation Conversion Plan.

Essentially, the plan (as far as capital gains taxes) is to either find a way to defer the taxation until you leave assets to your heirs (to secure the capital gains eliminating stepped-up basis), to fall under a discounted category, or to actually change the form of the business so as to skate right below that low ceiling.

There are a few more ways of doing any one or all of these steps cleanly and efficiently, especially with those with the foresight to plan well in advance.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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