What makes an established business “bankable” as opposed to perpetually seeking investor capital? The standard suite of financials a bank looks for are pure data, such as the income statement, balance sheet, and AR-aging.  These are backward-looking, based on past performance.  However there are also a number of reports a client can create themselves that…

BLUE RIDGE ESOP ASSOCIATES ACQUIRES CROWE LLP ESOP BUSINESS Crowe Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and certain tax-related 401(k) Plan services will transition to Blue Ridge CHICAGO (August 11, 2022) – Blue Ridge ESOP Associates, the nation’s largest independent ESOP administration and recordkeeping firm, announced today that it has acquired the ESOP services and certain…

Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a)(28) allows employees to diversify a portion of their stock once they meet certain eligibility requirements. There are specific age and service requirements outlined by the IRS to determine who is a Qualified Participant, however your plan may allow for rules that are less restrictive. Statutory Requirements:  Click here to continue…

When an employee terminates employment with the company due to a disability, his or her ESOP account may be subject to certain procedures and additional benefits. Before these procedures and benefits can be applied, it is important to understand how your ESOP Plan Document defines disability and whether or not the employee’s circumstance meets that…

Why are business owners and their advisors talking about ESOPs? With capital gains taxes on the rise, ESOPs are playing an increasing pivotal role as an exit strategy. Come join us on October 19 for an important webinar on Tax Reform & ESOPs. We will provide an overview of Employee Stock Ownership Plans, including the…

This recorded webinar introduces ESOPs as an exit strategy for business owners contemplating a sale. Lavelle Law attorneys Steve Migala and David O’Leary describe the structure of an ESOP, when it makes sense for a corporation and its shareholders to consider an ESOP, its typical use cases, and an ESOP’s unique tax advantages for corporations…

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“I should demote myself!” joked the head of sales. “It looks like I am better at selling than at managing a sales team.” We were looking at his team’s individual sales numbers. He was selling more when he was a regular salesperson than his whole team today. We too often promote the wrong person into…

Effective March 12, 2024, New York Labor Law prohibits employers from requiring employees and job applicants to provide information about their personal accounts. If you think this sounds familiar, you are right. This idea has been in place in various states for years; now New York is joining in! Under the new legislation, “personal accounts”…

Unlocking Retirement Savings to Fund a New Business Many people have dreams of starting a business but lack the capital or funding needed to launch their new business ideas. It’s true: It costs money to start a business. The US Small Business Administration (SBA) says that how to fund a business is one of the…

In order for your family business to outlive its founder, careful succession planning is a must. That means finding the most frictionless way to pass both leadership and ownership from one generation to the next. While some family business dynamics lend themselves to smooth and simple succession, others hit bumps in the road. One of…

Accurate Asset Assessment for Fair Distribution: When planning an estate, one of the primary concerns is ensuring a fair and equitable distribution of assets among beneficiaries. A professional valuation provides an accurate and unbiased assessment of the true value of all assets, including real estate, investments, businesses, and personal property. This is essential to avoid disputes…

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