Exit strategies using compensatory techniques
It is never too early for owners of successful businesses to begin considering a succession plan. Proper planning can ensure you are able to exit when you want and take advantage of the options most beneficial to you, your business and your employees.
Because many closely held business owners face challenges when looking for outside parties to purchase the entity, this series of articles will focus on value transfers that may not immediately come to mind as succession planning tools. These approaches all have a compensatory nature and can help alleviate the issues associated with a limited market and, oftentimes, can reduce the overall tax burden of transferring ownership.
approaches to succession planning
ESOPs, retirement plans and equity compensation plans can be advantageous tools in developing exit strategies for owners of closely held businesses.
ESOPs are a unique tool that can be valuable to selling shareholders, corporations and employees in a corporate succession plan.
Closely held business owners who work for the company may facilitate an ownership transition by separating service payments from company value.
Equity compensation plans may benefit exiting owners and successor managers to bolster the success of transition plans in closely held businesses.
The ownership structure and tax treatment of partnerships call for unique compensatory devices when designing a succession plan.
With proper foresight, closely held business owners can use multiple tools to address various goals when exiting from the business.