Discounts in Marital Dissolution Business Valuations – To Discount or Not

After 15 years of marriage, Art and Wanda were getting divorced.  Among all the assets that had to be distributed was the family business, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning repair company.  Husband was the operator of the business.  Wife took care of the kids and managed the household.  Now Husband was faced with having …

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Discount for Lack of Marketability Job Aid for IRS Valuation Professionals

WHAT NEW DOCUMENT ARE IRS REVIEWERS USING TO ASSESS DISCOUNTS FOR LACK OF MARKETABILITY? A Two Hour Webinar on Tuesday, August 23rd Will Answer This Intriguing Question The “Discount for Lack of Marketability Job Aid for IRS Valuation Professionals,” (“IRS DLOM Job Aid”) has recently come to our attention, and we are excited to be …

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8 Essential Elements of an Exit Strategy for Business Owners: Part III

Develop a Strong Management Team The development of a strong management team is usually a necessary consideration in the preparation of an exit strategy. This helps to ensure a smooth transition with some continuity of leadership and talent. One consideration is whether, and when, the owner replaces himself/herself as the CEO. An outside person may …

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8 Essential Elements of an Exit Strategy for Business Owners: Part II

Improve Profitability and Cash Flow A company is more valuable when it is profitable and has good cash flow.  Therefore, an owner should always strive to have the company as profitable as possible.  Several steps can be taken to improve the profitability of a company. If the owners are paying personal expenses through the business …

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8 Essential Elements of an Exit Strategy for Business Owners: Part I

At some point in time, every business owner will need to transition their business to new owners, which could be a business partner or management buy out, a transfer to family members or an outright sale of the business on the open market.  Regardless of the expected exit strategy, every business and business-owner should probably …

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Valuation Discounts for Gift of Single-Member LLC Interests

In a split decision by the U.S. Tax Court (Suzanne J. Pierre v. Comm., 133 T.C. No. 2), the court dealt with the issue as to whether a single-member LLC is to be disregarded for transfer tax purposes (i.e., gift tax purposes), thus treating the gift as a direct gift of the underlying property of …

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Step Transaction Doctrine

A recent case in the federal district court highlights the need to have some time elapse between the date of formation and funding of an FLP or FLLC and the date of gifting of interests in the FLP/FLLC. In Heckerman v U.S., the taxpayers (David and Susan Heckerman) took the following steps in gifting of …

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