Taxation Often Presents Difficulties For Business Owners Seeking to Pass Their Business to Their Child

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., a NJ Passing on Your Business Attorney

Business owners work hard to create a successful business. They often look forward to retiring and passing along their business to their children. This is a proud time, where a parent gets to sit back, relax, and let their child flourish. Unfortunately, more and more businesses today are making the mistake of not planning for this business transfer. The results have been harsh, with many parents being unable to pass their businesses on to their children due to unforeseen taxation issues that arise upon this transfer. Planning for this business transfer can significantly increase the odds of successfully passing your business along.

Most individuals misunderstand the complicated logistics in passing a business to a successor. Business owners often have the impression that since they have a child willing to take over the company, they can simply take a back seat one day and give the child the business. Unfortunately, finding a successor for the business often turns out to be the least of a business owner’s worries.

Taxation can present one of the most significant obstacles to family business owners wishing to pass their business along. Depending on how you plan on passing your business to your child, whether it be through gifting it at some point during your life, passing it through your estate upon your death, or placing the assets of the business in a trust and passing the business along via the trust, different tax implications will ultimately arise. One must consider these tax implications when determining how and when the appropriate time is to pass their business along. Businesses often collapse because their owners are not prepared for the significant taxes that they are forced to pay when transferring the business. A knowledgeable Business Succession Planning Attorney can guide you as to the best method of transfer and most appropriate time period to transfer. 

Business owners may also face other obstacles when attempting to transfer their business, making consultation with a Business Succession Planning Attorney even more important. Some of these challenges include lack of teamwork among children whom the business is being passed to, second-thoughts about letting go by the business owners themselves, and lack of planning as to the direction of the business. Business Succession Planning attorneys are aware of the significant challenges presented to business owners. They can guide you as to what you can expect when the time comes for you to finally pass your business along. Please call Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., a NJ Business Succession Planning Attorney today. He can be reached toll-free at 855-376-5291 or by email at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com/. He looks forward to discussing this important subject with you.

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