Five Essential Tips for Donating Your Business Interest Before You Exit

Five Essential Tips for Donating Your Business Interest Before You Exit

The complexities related to selling business interests can be difficult to navigate. As a wealth triggering event, it is important to keep the tax efficiencies of charitable giving top of mind. Donating private business interests can be an effective and tax-efficient way for your clients to meet their charitable giving and legacy planning goals.

We’ve drawn upon our extensive experience in accepting charitable contributions of non-publicly traded assets to create this short paper that highlights five essential tips to guide your conversations as clients prepare to sell their businesses, including advice on:

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

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