Business Owners: Stars May Align For A Sale, But Don’t Forget Wealth, Tax Planning

With the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic (hopefully) behind us, three positive signals appear to make this a great time for business owners to consider selling at least a stake in their companies: Abundant equity and low-cost debt financing, attractive valuations for private businesses, and the prospect of higher tax rates. They make a disposal, especially a tax-advantaged sale to an employee stock ownership plan, look appealing.

But wait a minute. Despite the alignment of tantalizing factors, this may not yet be the best time for you to sell. There’s more to the decision than just the numbers. We know more than a few former business owners with remorse.

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