Five Essential Tips for Donating Your Business Interest Before You Exit

Five Essential Tips for Donating Your Business Interest Before You Exit

For business owners, the idea of retiring and selling a business can be an overwhelming and daunting process. Donation of privately held business interests can be an effective and tax-efficient way to achieve tax savings and charitable giving and legacy planning goals of the business owner.

We have compiled five important tips for you and your client to consider when contemplating privately held business succession planning, including advice on:

  • Preparing company documentation
  • The value of the appraisal requirement
  • Choosing a charitable giving strategy

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