Regular valuations are a must for every business owner developing a succession plan. But the valuation process can involve a variety of hard-to-see issues. For example, it can be tempting to minimize a business’s value to reduce possible estate tax liability in the future, but this can raise a red flag with the IRS. Also, if you have heirs not involved in the business, an appraiser may need to adjust his or her approach to the valuation. Funding your retirement with ownership shares has value implications as well. For help managing these complexities, contact us.
Author: Jeff Lucke
Jeff Lucke, CPA, is the founder of Lucke & Associates, with an entrepreneurial background. Jeff has had ownership interests in businesses within several industries including automotive, construction, healthcare, telecommunications, and restaurants, as well as being active in real estate. As an owner of a growing CPA firm and other businesses, he has gained unique insights into the challenges and issues that face other growing businesses that most other CPAs do not have. This kind of knowledge ultimately benefits every one of the firm’s clients. He is very involved with clients and becomes deeply involved in their businesses and helping them succeed. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting; his professional affiliations include the AICPA and KSCPA. Jeff currently serves a board member for his community on the Construction Financial Managers Association, the American Diabetes Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.