Business formations, a significant area of our practice, focuses on tax ramifications of particular business transactions. This includes forming business entities, choice of entity, whether it be corporation, limited liability company or partnership, limited partnership, partnership, trust, sole proprietorship, individual client and not for profit organizations, and place of formation considering both federal and state tax consequences.
Formation of Business
Business formations, a significant area of our practice focuses on tax ramifications of particular business transactions. This includes forming business entities, choice of entity, whether it be corporation, limited liability company or partnership, limited partnership, trust, sole proprietorship, individual client and not for profit organizations, and place of formation considering both federal and state tax consequences.
A broad range of tax counsel for business formations
The firm offers a broad range of tax counsel for business formations and operations from day to day tax compliance and planning matters to complex recapitalizations prior to a public offering or sale. Our extensive understanding of the federal and state tax challenges to small and medium size businesses enables us to make recommendations and implement procedures to improve a company’s ability to either reinvest earnings or distribute them to owners.
Business Sales and Acquisitions
The Business Sales and Acquisitions area of our practice includes representing our clients in the sale of their business, the purchase of a business or the merger of their business with another entity. It also includes “divisive reorganizations”, which typically includes dividing an existing business among shareholders who wish to go their separate ways.
Our Business Sales services include:
- Evaluating the pros and cons of our clients selling their business or buying another one.
- Assisting in the preliminary negotiations, including purchase price considerations.
- Negotiating and drafting the confidentiality agreement and the letter of intent.
- Negotiating and drafting the acquisition agreement.
- Structuring the transaction to achieve the best tax consequences.
Our goal is to ensure that our clients have peace of mind at the conclusion of a transaction that is most likely one of the most important events of their lives.
We counsel a business operating as a C or S corporation, a partnership, or a limited liability company. We examine with our clients the benefits of a buy-sell from the perspective of each party that can have an interest in the agreement.
A buy-sell agreement also provides a mechanism for determinng the purchase price and providing a funding source, primarily through life or disability buy-out insurance or seller provided financing so that the liquidity needs of the business and its remaining owners will be manageable.
Among the steps in creating a sound buy-sell agreement are:
- Choosing the right type of buy-sell agreement
- Using a buy-sell agreement to set the value of a business interest
- Funding purchase obligations under a buy-sell agreement
- Planning the tax consequences for the entity and the departing owner
- Examing special concerns when dealing with family-owned businesses
- Using a buy-sell agreement to establish the estate tax value of a business interest
Business Succession Planning
A properly designed Business Succession Planning provides for a client’s retirement and the transfer of the business to the next generation of business owners, whether family, business colleagues or key employees. We assist clients with their business succession planning, helping them establish a smooth transition between them and the future owners of their business.
Business Succession Planning is an important area…
Business transition and succession planning is also an important area of our practice. This includes shareholder and buy-sell agreements, partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, employment agreements as well as the various forms of incentive compensation programs available for business owners.
In this regard, the planning does not focus solely on tax considerations but also the business needs of the company and its owners. Finally, with our extensive experience in estate planning, we have a unique ability to match business succession with family tax planning objectives.