If you are approaching retirement age and will qualify for Social Security benefits, you need to decide when to start collecting. You can begin as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. Within that window, your monthly receipts will increase for each month you delay taking benefits. Many people take a passive approach to this decision, heading into retirement without an actual plan. It is typically more of an afterthought. Having a plan and looking at your personal situation ahead of time can make a big difference in your benefit payout.
Does your business offer a retirement plan for employees? If not, it may be time to consider setting one up. A retirement plan may be beneficial for several reasons. It can help you to recruit employees as part of your overall compensation package, and can help your employees by giving them a tax-advantaged way to save for their retirement.
When should you start planning for retirement? Many people start saving in their 20’s but it is never too early or too late to start. Fortunately the tax law provides subsidies to help people save for retirement. Below are 10 ideas for you to consider as you are either starting your journey, towards the end, [...]
The oldest of the baby boomers—born between 1946 and 1964—currently are winding down their careers, including thousands of business owners. Unlike previous generations, however, baby boom entrepreneurs are expected to face fierce competition when courting potential buyers. With approximately 25% of the total US population made up by baby boomers (as of 2011), many as [...]
Planning your estate around specific assets is risky and, in most cases, should be avoided. If you leave specific assets—such as homes, cars or stock—to specific people, you may inadvertently disinherit them. Here’s an example that illustrates the problem: Andrew has three children—Robert, Anna and Tim—and wishes to treat them equally in his estate plan. [...]
Most business owners have a lot of wealth tied up in their companies. If you’re in the same boat, how can you convert some of that wealth into cash to help pay for your retirement? Many C corporation owners have found that an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) — a qualified retirement plan, similar to [...]
Selling your business can be an emotional and life-changing decision. Despite years of hard work and nurturing your business, it might be time to sell. Following are a few key steps that can make the process easier: 1. Be Realistic Don’t try to make assumptions of what your business is worth. Hire a seasoned appraiser [...]
One of the biggest concerns for family business owners is succession planning — transferring ownership and control of the company to the next generation. In many cases, the best time tax-wise to start transferring ownership is long before the owner is ready to give up control of the business. A family limited partnership, or FLP, [...]
In my previous post I talked about assessing where you are and planning for succession. In this discussion I want to cover your estate plan and picking the right partners. Think retirement The first considerations for retirement planning are your health, lifestyle and any financial obligations. You will use these to determine your required revenue [...]
You’ve worked for many years to build a successful company, and now you’re starting to think about retirement. To ensure a smooth exit from the workplace, establish your retirement and estate plans now — well before you’re ready to sell or transfer your business. Early planning will help ensure that you adequately provide for your [...]