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Showing 88 posts from 2014.

Work with attorney to maintain ownership of business

In a recent Forbes article, contributor Steve Parrish wrote about an interesting issue that most closely-held businesses, often family-owned, face in some way or another: how to maintain control over a business. The problem is not a small one, because failure to properly plan can create a situation where ownership of the business falls into the hands of individuals who aren't right for the job. More >

What are my tax obligations in business dissolution?

Closing a business can be a big undertaking from a financial and legal perspective. Not only must a business reach an agreement among owners that the company should be dissolved, it must also take stock of its assets, obtain a valuation, manage contacts and other obligations, cancel contracts, dispose of assets, pay off debts, and file the proper papers with the state. More >

Mergers and acquisitions not always successful, so plan wisely

Mergers and acquisitions are in the news a lot nowadays, as readers may have noticed. In fact, merger and acquisition activity has been quite significant this year, with global mergers having exceeded a value of $3 trillion through the end of November, according to a recent New York Times article citing data from Thomson Reuters. The assumption, to those who aren't experienced in the area, is that all these business deals are probably really helping companies out. More >

Cable merger runs into problems in different areas of Kentucky

Many of our readers have by now heard of the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. As part of the merger agreement reached by the companies, approval from at least 85 percent of Time Warner Cable’s client base is required, and some markets have been putting up resistance. More >

Business sales: getting an accurate valuation, P.2

In our last post, we began discussing the topic of business valuation, which is an important issue for those in business to have a grasp of when they approach the issue of selling their company or passing it on. As we noted, experts in the field identify several different approaches to business valuation. We’ve already briefly discussed the approach of the business’ assets or its income. More >

Asset Purchase: Initial Considerations

A recent post discussed a few generalities on stock purchases and asset purchases. In a basic sense, the characteristics of a stock purchase and of an asset purchase will guide the parties in the earliest stages of negotiation over whether to structure the transaction as a stock or asset deal. This post and posts to follow will expand on certain aspects of both types of deals that the parties may face as negotiations progress, beginning with a few initial considerations for parties negotiating an asset purchase. More >

Tax-Exempt Organizations: Excess Benefit Transactions vs. Private Inurement

In the past several years, tax-exempt organizations (hereinafter "Organizations") have faced greater scrutiny and attention from the IRS. As a result, Organizations must adhere to stricter compliance and administrative requirements to maintain their tax-exempt status. More >

Business sales: getting an accurate valuation, P.1

When it comes to selling or buying a closely held company, business valuation is an important issue. For sellers, the concern should be to ensure that one is able to receive a return on one’s investment, if possible. And buyers, of course, usually want to get a deal. Business valuation would be easier if it could be determined by a set formula, but as a recent article in The Lane Report notes, there is both a science and an art to business valuation.   More >

Give Thanks - And Think Of The Future

The holidays mean fun, feasts, festivities, and getting together with family and friends. They also pose the perfect opportunity to discuss important estate planning issues while everyone is together. There is no better time to talk about your wishes for the future than with loved ones around the table. This is especially true if family members live considerable distances from each other and only see each other a few times a year. More >

GoPro announces plans to sell millions in stock

Stock sell-off, a term which our readers may have come across before, refers to the selling of securities by a company, whether stocks or bonds or other commodities. According to Investopedia.com, sell-offs can occur for a variety of reasons, such as after a less than satisfactory earnings report or when oil prices significantly increase. A sell-off can be a smart way for companies to deal with uncertainties in the stock market, depending on how they are handled. More >

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