Family Owned Businesses

Services for Family Businesses

Family owned businesses rely on KraftCPAs for a variety of services — some of them for more than three generations. We understand the challenges that often accompany transition of a family business, and we’ve witnessed how family dynamics can affect financial management decisions. As an experienced, unbiased third party, we can help resolve many of the complex issues family businesses face.

Why KraftCPAs?

We have the services you need along with a team experienced in working with multiple generations of owners. In addition to traditional audit, accounting and tax services, we can help with:

  • Succession and exit planning including if, when, and how the next generation will assume ownership and leadership of the family business. Our team includes several professionals who hold the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation from the Exit Planning Institute (EPI).
  • Estate and gift planning strategies specially designed to achieve your personal and family business objectives.
  • Capital formation assistance to help locate capital sources to help the next generation purchase the business without depleting working capital.
  • Deal structuring for favorable tax and financial consequences.
  • Assistance with buy/sell agreements for business with multiple owners. All businesses — especially family businesses — need to have buy-sell agreements in place to protect the owners’ interest in the case of a shareholder’s death or retirement.
  • Business valuations essential to proper estate planning and in structuring buy/sell agreements among owners.
  • Benefits consulting to design the right retirement plans to achieve the results you desire for your family members and other company employees.
  • Personal financial planning including tax planning, retirement planning, investment planning, wealth management, and risk management.

Estate planning is critical

An estate plan is critical for any business owner, but even more so when family is involved in the business. Unless you determine to whom, how, and when your assets will be transferred, your estate will pay higher taxes than necessary.

Without an estate plan, you may leave your family with a tax burden that forces them to sell the business to pay taxes. Even if your children want to continue your business legacy, you severely limit their options without proper estate planning.

Kraft’s estate planning specialists can advise you on the best strategies to achieve your desired transition of business and personal assets.

Consider gifts of ownership interest

Giving away assets now will help reduce the size of your taxable estate, but proper planning is necessary. KraftCPAs can help you consider the estate and income tax consequences and the economic aspects of any gifts you’d like to make. For instance, to minimize estate tax, consider gifting property with the greatest appreciation potential. You can also leverage gift tax exclusions and exemptions by gifting ownership interests in the business, which may be eligible for valuation discounts.

Knowing the company’s value is paramount

Your company’s value is a major factor in determining the tax impact of bequeathing, gifting, or selling ownership interest in the business. An inaccurate estimate can leave heirs facing a substantial estate tax bill that could force them to sell the company after your death.

The KraftCPAs business valuation team is highly regarded by the accounting and legal community for its depth of experience and unsurpassed specialized credentials. We conduct valuations for a variety of business purposes, including:

  • Business succession planning
  • Estate planning and compliance
  • Purchase or sale of business assets
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Management planning and business analysis
  • Obtaining equity and debt funding
  • Structuring a buy/sell agreement
  • Income tax planning and compliance
  • Economic damages in litigation
  • Mediation, arbitration, and dispute resolution

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