Company owners face many decisions when it comes time to transition responsibilities and ultimately ownership to the next generation. For those owners who wish to sell their shares gradually and transition out of their responsibilities over a period of years, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) might be the right fit. An ESOP is a qualified defined contribution employee benefit plan that primarily holds the employer company’s stock. An ESOP functions similarly to a stock bonus plan that provides a retirement benefit to employees in the form of the company’s stock. As a “qualified” plan, an ESOP is established by the employer for the benefit of the company’s employees and qualifies for certain tax benefits, both for the company and the selling owners. (more…)
Is a substantial portion of your net worth tied up in your closely held business? Even if you plan to stay involved with the company for many years, it’s critical to have an exit strategy.
An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is one tool that offers a tax-efficient way to share equity with employees. It can also help you address issues such as a lack of liquidity and enable you to provide for family members who don’t work in the business. (more…)