Succession Planning for the Small Business Owner: Finding the Exit Ramp

Description

The life cycle of the small business can be summed up in three segments: 1) starting the business; 2) operating the business; and 3) getting out of the business. This course focuses on getting out of the business. The most elusive element of owning a small business can be finding the proper exit strategy. This course is designed to provide the business consulting practitioner with tools and concepts to advise the small business owner and assist them in developing the right exit strategy. The course covers exit strategies related to third-party sales and succession planning within a family.

Highlights

Income taxation of Social Security: avoidance tactics

Objectives

  • Understand the process of selling a business from finding a buyer to completing the sale
  • Understand how business brokers operate and the fees that they charge
  • Discuss the difference between selling the business and leaving the business: the transition period Protect the seller's interest in a seller-financed sale
  • Understand how estate planning and family succession of a business interact
  • Understand the use of discounts in transfers of ownership interests to family members
  • Discuss when to turn over operations while maintaining control of a family business: drawing distributions from the business for retirement and receiving a step-up in basis at death
  • Understand various structuring options for family business succession

Designed For

Practitioners with small business clients that will eventually sell that business to third parties or family members that need advice regarding exiting the business



Leaders

Michael Frost

Mike Frost, CPA, EA is an associate and shareholder of MDA Professional Group, P.C. and has been with the Albertville office since 1989. Currently a tax partner, Mike specializes in all areas of income tax and small business consulting including but not limited to: Business and individual income tax preparation and planning, estate and retirement planning, estate, gift, and trust tax preparation, small business consulting, Medicare planning and other elder care, audit representation, religious groups and clergy.

Mike has conducted CPE engagements and seminars for the Alabama Society of Enrolled Agents and the Childcare Resource Network of Alabama and is an instructor for the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mike has served as technical advisor for tax articles for the Sand Mountain Reporter newspaper, and has been a regular on the public speaking circuit. Mike also conducts in-house training in all areas of income tax for his firm.

Mike graduated with "high honors and distinction" from Jacksonville State University with a major in accounting and a minor in finance and a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the Alabama Association of Enrolled Agents, and the Accountants Global Network, International. In addition, he is a graduate of the Tax Planning and Advising for Closely Held Businesses Certificate of Educational Achievement Program sponsored by the AICPA.