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Tax and Financial Planning for the Closely Held Family Business

Gary A. Zwick, Walter Haverfield LLP and James John Jurinski, University of Portland, US
Tax and Financial Planning for the Closely Held Family Business serves as a manual to help business advisers devise strategies for clients dealing with family issues. Guiding family businesses through the complex maze of organizational, tax, financial, governance, estate planning, and personal family issues is a complex, time-consuming, difficult, and sometimes emotional process. This book focuses not only on identifying the problems family businesses face, but on devising solutions and planning opportunities for both family businesses and their owners. Each chapter of this book contains creative planning opportunities that advisers can suggest and help implement in order to solve real problems in the family business.
Extent: c 656 pp
Hardback Price: $310.00 Web: $279.00
Publication Date: July 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78536 775 5
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  • Business and Management
  • Family Business
  • Law - Academic
  • Tax Law and Fiscal Policy
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Tax and Financial Planning for the Closely Held Family Business serves as a manual to help business advisers devise strategies for clients dealing with family issues. Guiding family businesses through the complex maze of organizational, tax, financial, governance, estate planning, and personal family issues is a complex, time-consuming, difficult, and sometimes emotional process. This book focuses not only on identifying the problems family businesses face, but on devising solutions and planning opportunities for both family businesses and their owners.

Tax and Financial Planning for the Closely Held Family Business provides traditional planning techniques as well as many often overlooked non-traditional strategies. The authors, who are JD-CPAs with extensive experience representing family businesses, discuss the role of the family business advisor in dealing with the organizational, tax, financial, governance, estate planning, and personal family issues that confront business and its owners.

Many family business owners may find that the timely involvement of a wise, experienced and careful business adviser can protect the owners from business and family crises. Practitioners, law libraries and law firms will find that each chapter of Tax and Financial Planning for the Closely Held Family Business contains creative planning opportunities that can be studied and implemented in order to solve real problems in the closely held family business.

‘A great desk reference for family business advisors. Easy to read and easy to follow. Advisors will learn about the dynamics of a family business and how they differ from other closely held businesses and the impact that has on operations, compensation, retirement and succession planning. The authors present their unique perspective on these matters and offer creative techniques and solutions to various issues and problems arising with regard to taxes, liquidity and transferring ownership. If you advise a family business, you need this book.’
– Bruce J Belman, JD, CPA United States

‘I highly recommend the Tax and Financial Planning for the Closely Held Family Business. It is rare to find a book that uniquely and insightfully focuses on both important family business dynamics, as well as the many crucial financial, income tax, estate planning and other legal issues that should and must be addressed by family business leaders and advisors. It is especially rare to find such a book that is readable, practical and thorough, not to mention having many creative solutions.’
– Lawrence J. Eisenberg, Lawrence J. Eisenberg, P.C./Benefits Law Group, US

‘For those of us who regularly represent family owned businesses, it is difficult to find a reliable single resource that takes into consideration at a sophisticated level the cornucopia of issues that have to be considered for such work. This type of work requires the ability to nimbly apply not only legal, business and tax law principles, but also requires the advisor to be able to understand nuances of how families work in the context of the family business. Zwick and Jurinski have found a way to pull all of those issues and nuances together in a book that clearly lays out the issues and problems that advisors face in representing family businesses, gives a wide range of suggestions on how to address the various issues that family businesses face from time to time, with an emphasis on how to help make decisions on as tax efficient as basis as possible. The book looks at these issues from various points of view, just like our clients do, and recognizes that this type of work is not a cookie cutter operation. This book will be a valuable tool for advisors to help their family business clients think through complicated issues and be able to consider the use and implementation of various tax planning ideas and structures, including ideas and structures suggested by provisions of the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that may be of benefit to the family business and the family.’
– Ronald A. Levitt, Attorney at Law
Contents: 1. The Many Roles of the Family Business Adviser 2. Understanding Family Business 3. Family Issues in Family Business Operations 4. Dealing with Power Struggles and Protecting Minority Shareholders 5. Creative Compensation Techniques for Family Businesses 6. Creative Retirement Planning for Family Business Owners and Their Families 7. Solving Problems in Succession Planning for Family Businesses 8. Creative Estate Planning Techniques for Business Owners and Their Families 9. Special Problems in Implementing Intra-Family Transfers 10. Creative Techniques to Provide Estate Liquidity 11. Valuation Techniques and Strategies to Minimize Taxes on Family Businesses 12. Creative Life Insurance Planning for Family Businesses 13. Financing Problems and Issues 14. Income Tax Planning Opportunities for Family Businesses and Owners 15. Negotiating the Tax Code’s Related-Party Rules 16. Comprehensive Case Study Index