Succession Planning

Succession Planning

According to the AICPA, only 46 percent of multi-owner firms and 6 percent of sole practitioners have written a succession plan. 

A succession plan for your business means a better financial proposition and reduced emotional stress for you, your partners, and your family. The following insights will help you prepare.

Pennsylvania CPA Journal

  • Using Tax Season as a Measure for Possible Firm Transition

    Tax season often defines the strength and success of a CPA firm. It also tests and exposes challenges and gaps in services, clients, personnel, processes, and other aspects of managing the practice. Some firm owners hope the next tax season will be their last as an independent firm; others will use the coming tax season to gauge their potential to acquire another firm. Quite a few have already made the leap to merge, and next tax season will be a part of their first transition year.
  • Pros and Cons of Selling a Business to a Key Employee

    Entrepreneurs work hard to make their businesses succeed, and they often have a large percentage of their personal wealth embedded in those businesses. When they begin to contemplate retirement, it is important to maximize the net proceeds from the sale of their business to provide sufficient resources to support their retirement.
  • IRC 355: Understanding the Basics of a Tax-Free Spin-off

    One disadvantage of forming a Subchapter C corporation is the unfortunate reality of “double taxation.” The first level of taxation occurs when the business pays corporate income taxes on its profits. The second level occurs when the previously taxed profits are distributed to shareholders as dividends. Even if the corporation does not have sufficient cash flow and decides to distribute property that has appreciated in value to its shareholders, the tax is typically unavoidable.
  • Building a Core Competency in Mergers and Acquisitions

    At many middle-market companies, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are few and far between. But if your company’s strategy includes growth by acquisition, M&A needs to be a core competency. Fortunately, this does not require staffing a large internal transaction group.
  • Check M&A Agreements before Taking CARES Act Benefits

    When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law, taxpayer-friendly opportunities were aimed at quickly getting cash into the hands of businesses who needed it most. One method of accomplishing this included the temporary reintroduction of net operating loss (NOL) carrybacks. While this was certainly a welcomed benefit, some taxpayers who were involved in a merger or acquisition in 2018, 2019, or 2020 may need to review their old agreements to make sure the benefits of their NOLs are preserved.

CPA Now Blog

  • Do Not Overlook Your Midcareer Employees

    Thirty percent of midcareer professionals (between 30 and 45 years old) have quit their jobs over the past year. A third of those left without another job lined up. Employee turnover is costly, disruptive, and robs CPA firms of a pipeline of future leaders. Why, then, do so many firms focus on recruiting new employees instead of keeping the top talent they have?
  • 5 Priorities in 2022 to Win at M&A

    When it comes to accounting firm mergers and acquisitions (M&A), two factors in 2022 are making a hardy impact: staffing challenges and the acceleration of technology. For those in today’s market, here are five vital priorities to be more successful with your M&A endeavor.
  • ESOPs Can Be a Valuable Business Transition Strategy

    Clients value the insights of their CPAs, and often turn to them when it comes to important decisions, especially something as important as a strategy to transition out of their business. An often-overlooked option is the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). This blog highlights ESOP benefits so CPAs can be more conversant on this transfer option.

Journal of Accountancy

Navigating the Path to Success in Accounting Practice Sales

Harry L. Olson, CPA, advises that knowing how to avoid major hazards when seeking a buyer can make all the difference between a profitable conclusion and a disastrous outcome.

PICPA TV

Key Succession Planning Tips for Small CPA Firms
Key Succession Planning Tips for Large CPA Firms
How to Value an Accounting Firm in the Succession Planning Process
CPA Conversations

Important Phrases to Listen for during M&A Conversations

When you’re talking to another party about a merger or acquisition, there are going to be things you want to hear and things that make you hesitant should they come out of your counterpart’s mouth.
 

Listen In

Transition Advisors:
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PICPA members are eligible for a free consultation with Transition Advisors LLC, one of the country’s leading consultants on succession, M&A and partnership issues.

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