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

  • Section 382(h) Proposed Regs Throw Taxpayers a Curveball

    On Sept. 9, 2019, the U.S. Treasury and IRS issued proposed regulations under IRC Section 382(h) pertaining to the interaction between built-in gains or losses with Section 382 limitations. Treasury believes the proposed regulations will simplify the application of Section 382, provide needed clarification to taxpayers in determining built-in gains and losses, and address other issues relating to Section 382 that were created as a result of tax reform (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017). Taxpayers are not as optimistic about these recent developments, and for good reason.
  • Generation Transfers: Five Questions to Ask Beforehand

    For too many business owners or operators, succession planning takes a back seat to day-to-day operations and short-term goals. For family businesses, succession planning involves additional stresses, such as deciding which relatives will actively participate in the business, what their roles and responsibilities will be, and how much the owner will be compensated.
  • Practice Integration Imperatives

    Negotiating the terms for a CPA practice transfer or merger is the most important step in setting the stage for a successful transaction. Nearly as important, but often overlooked, is having a well-designed integration plan.
  • Four Common Pushbacks in CPA Firm Mergers

    Often, a CPA firm will start very comfortable conversations with another firm about doing a merger deal or an acquisition. Then, despite early good vibes, pushback is often encountered. Pushback is not rare, but if you don’t handle the issues of concern promptly and comprehensively, getting the deal done will become much harder.
  • 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.

CPA Now Blog

  • Use the Busy Tax Season to Test Succession and Transition Viability

    Successfully transitioning a CPA firm is predominantly about leadership skills and control. That’s why busy season—a time when resources are pushed to their limits—is the perfect time to determine whether or not you have the right team to perpetuate your practice.
  • Planning for Retirement – A CPA’s Personal Perspective

    Retirement is a topic each of us must wrestle with personally at some point. If you are an owner, part owner, or partner in a business, perhaps the single most important step before retirement is to have a succession plan.
  • Expert Offers Tips on Exit Planning

    Exit planning is a forward-thinking strategy that should be established well in advance to ensure comfort for yourself and your clients, whose businesses depend on your unbroken service and attention. Hear more from Charles R. Kedra, CFP, AIF, CEPA, senior partner and director of business advisory services with Legacy Planning Partners.

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.
 

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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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