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What Are the Tax Implications of Buying or Selling a Business? Image
What Are the Tax Implications of Buying or Selling a Business?

Buying or selling a business may be the largest transaction you’ll ever make. Pay attention to taxes. After a d...

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Walk Before You Run: Phased Planning

It's important for business owners to plan for a successful future without their business. Here's the story...

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Don’t Make Decisions Without Data Analytics

Data analytics can help your nonprofit validate trends, uncover root causes and improve transparency. But before you ...

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Many Tax Amounts Affecting Businesses Have Increased for 2021

How much do your employees have to earn in 2021 before they can stop paying Social Security tax? How much can they co...

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Poor Planning, Big Problems: The Tale of Tom Poor Image
Poor Planning, Big Problems: The Tale of Tom Poor

Business owners put years of planning and preparation into making their businesses successful. However, have you...

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Don't Let Your Key Employees Jump Ship

Next-level management teams are the drivers behind building business value, but how can you and your advisors attract...

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The Process of Selling Your Business Has Already Begun

Every action you take during the life of your business has an impact on your departure down the road. Learn more ...

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Not All Strategies Are Created Equal

Know the difference between Succession Planning, Exit Planning and Business Planning and how to best execute each.

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5 Key Points About Bonus Depreciation

Depreciating assets involves a complex area of tax law; here’s a rundown:

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Funding a Sale to “Insiders”

Business owners often consider “insiders” as viable successors. Can this be a fatal flaw in planning...

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Forecasting Financial Results for a Start-Up Business

Today’s markets are unpredictable, but changing conditions can open new business opportunities.

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Rethinking Cash Flow

Since you can’t escape the impact of cash flow, you might as well take it head on, right?

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Where Transferable Value Comes From

One of the most important elements of a successful business transition is transferable value. No matter what an owner...

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Winston Churchill and the Tax Affecting of Pass-Through Entities

This article is as close as it gets in the valuation world to the “Extra, Extra… Read all about it&...

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Which Door to Take?

Monty Hall and the Discount for Lack of Marketability…

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“What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”

Monty Python and the Discount for Lack of Marketability

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United States District Court Strikes Blow Against the Undead!

OK – the subject line of this article is a naked attempt to attract your attention but if you read on you ...

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Go Forth and Multiply!

A brief explanation of EBITDA v. SDE in calculating the value of a business

Concrete Data to help with “The Art of the Deal”

Do you have the information you need to negotiate for your business?

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"Can’t You See This is The Land of Confusion": Uncertainty and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

While it remains the case that the lower corporate tax rates for C corporations increase cash flows and therefore pot...

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Did Singing Auld Lang Syne Increase Company Valuations?

The Impact of New Tax Law on Valuations

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"Caught between the Scylla and Charybdis": What Sting Knows About Valuing Small Businesses

Sting is one of the more cerebral pop musicians and he clearly is wise to the ways of business valuation practice. So...

EBITDA and Fair Market Value

One of the main differences between the world of real life transactions and the fair market value world is the way th...

Almost as Riveting as Game of Thrones...

Well, maybe that's a bit of an oversell, but certainly having a greater impact on the pocket book, the battle over ho...

When Goodwill has No Value

Recently, I have dealt with a number of issues relating to the valuation of goodwill. One particular case involved a ...

The Rule of Thump

An article in the Atlantic Monthly refers to the emergence of a new term - the "rule of thump" - based on confusion w...

"It was a Very Good Year" - 1959 Ruling Stands the Test of Time

Channeling Frank Sinatra this month, I turn my attention to Revenue Ruling 59-60. This key valuation document issued ...

Valuation Factors for a Franchise

On the southeast corner of a major, urban intersection is an established privately-held "fast food" hamburger restaur...

Earning Capacity: The Critical Piece of the Puzzle

Where does the value of a business come from? First and foremost, it comes from the ability to generate earnings, its...

Champagne Wishes and the Valuation Issues of the Rich and Famous

The opportunity to gawp at the lifestyles of the rich and famous was a side benefit to taking a look at a dispute ove...

Why Financial Statement Adjustments Are Made in Valuation Process

Clients are often mystified by the adjustments business valuation analysts make to financial statements when we start...

"I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK!" - Cash Flows from Timber Apparently Trump the Value of Land

What a great start to 2015 - when a recent case allows me to include a reference to the halcyon days of Monty Python ...

Who Needs to Go to Vegas? Small Business Owners can Gamble for High Stakes from the Comfort of Their Offices!

Many entrepreneurs start a business with other like-minded business people and don’t want to think about what h...

The Season of Personal Goodwill

The case of Bross Trucking v Commissioner (Tax Ct. Memo LEXIS 109) was not strictly a valuation case but did address ...

"It All Depends Upon Your Appetite" - Or More Accurately the Judge's Appetite!

This month's commentary does not feature bottles of red or white (with apologies to Billy Joel) - though other bevera...

"Losing My Religion" - An IRS Lament?

A recent tax court case allows me to dig up a reference to an R.E.M. hit single (never my favorite, but, hey, any por...

"All You're Ever Gonna be is Mean - But Which One?"

In an effort to be down with the kids, this month's title comes from a Taylor Swift hit single - a big step from my n...

"There Are Three Kinds of Lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics"

I recalled this bon mot from Mark Twain as I reviewed a recent article from Business Valuation Resources that focused...

"Let's Start at the Very Beginning" - Do-Re-Me and the Cost of Capital

Sometimes it's just good to channel Maria in the Sound of Music and go back to basics. I recently had a good opportun...

"If You Know What I Mean" - Estate of Richmond v. Commissioner, Part the Third

A Neil Diamond song title as this month's hook? What? Who? How? Calm down - all will be revealed at the end of this e...

"Bang Bang" - The Tax Court Shot Him Down...

I never thought I would be minng Cher's back catalog for inspiration for an even more tenuous link for the title to t...

A Giant LEAP for Mankind? Maybe Not, but Some Helpful Data for Valutions

This month we're going to do some finance stuff - be warned, there may even be a formula... As valuation analysts, we...

Waiting in Vain? How Long Does it Take to Sell a Company?

We know that Bob Marley didn't want to wait in vain (in fact he said so repeatedly in the song) - and neither does th...

Free as a Bird Now! Eagle Dilemma Resolved

You may recall that I sent out an e-mail last year highlighting the dispute between the Estate of Ileanna Sonnenband ...

Fly Like an Eagle? The IRS Will Bring You Back Down to Earth

I struggled with the title of this item......the story itself has been a godsend to headline writers and I don't feel...

"Doctor, Doctor - Give Me The News..." - Is the Medical Profession More Prone to Litigating Divorces Than Other Professions?

Please file the following under the "I'm just sayin'..." category - far be it from me to draw any conclusions!  ...

"I Have Only Come Here Seeking Knowledge..." But What Knowledge is Allowed to Affect a Valuation?

I have always cringed when Sting followed up the title line with "Things they would not teach me of in college". On t...

"A Man Hears What He Wants to Hear...and Disregards the Rest": S Corp Valuation Revisited

Paul Simon's lyrics seem to sum up the approach the Tax Court took in the case of Estate of Louise Paxton Gallagher v...

You Can Check Out Anytime You Like.. but you're better off if you figure out what a business is worth before you start!

Don Henley, the sage that he is, goes on to state that: "You can never leave" ... yet that isjust what every business...

"Even if We're Just Dancing in the Dark" Or on the head of a pin?

Oh yes, just squeezing in a Springsteen reference again - it's been a while. So how do I justify this random referenc...

"Clowns to the Left of Me... Jokers to the Right" What's the Value When You're Stuck in the Middle?

So we're trying to value a 50% interest in a company. We've determined the value of 100% to be $10 million ...

Set A Fair Price To Sell Your Share Of The Business

If, emulating Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, you hope to climb the Pyramids and hit the tables in Monte Carlo whe...