09 Jan 2017 Written by Joshua Watkins
Many new (and even some experienced) entrepreneurs seem to struggle with the dizzying array of business entity choices and their various combinations. To name a few there are: proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships, LLPs, LLCs, Trusts, Corporations and S-corporations. Each entity has its place and time, but for high growth potential businesses I will choose a corporation almost every time. The reason is mainly tied to tradition and corporate governance.
Our main clients are closely held businesses (and their owners), so business and individual planning are often tied at the hip in our office. Often that means a business sale isn't the ideal exit or retirement solution for our clients, so we look hard for tax advantaged strategies that (at a minimum) won't hurt the underlying business operations and ESOPs have been a regular part of that analysis.