Those who run small to moderate sized family businesses have a whole different set of considerations when it comes to retirement. You may not pay into a company provided 401k plan bi-monthly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have retirement on your radar. Consider these articles highlighting retirement objectives for owners of small businesses.
The benefits of giving money away during your lifetime
Current rules allow individuals to give away up to $5.12 million during their lifetimes without attracting any federal gift tax. A couple can transfer as much as $10.24 million. And the gift-tax exemption isn’t reduced by the annual gifts of up to $13,000 per recipient that individuals can make to reduce the taxable portion of their estates.
Run your family finances the same as you run your business
I know that in the age of the 99 percent versus the 1 percent, the word “business” can sound like a four-letter word. But the reality is that we can all learn a great deal from successful businesses. All we have to do is apply those lessons to our personal lives. (This is true no matter what your political views are.) Let’s examine this to determine if you think the argument holds water.
Have an exit plan
Too many owners aren’t prepared for the day when they’ll need to cash out. Some haven’t done their homework to figure out what the business is really worth. Others undermine their company’s value with their inability to let go.
Be smart with your tax planning
Our current system imposes a gift tax of up to 35% when taxpayers give assets away, with exceptions. Individuals now get one $5.12 million lifetime exemption, and they can also give up to $13,000 of assets a year to an unlimited number of recipients. (Next year the lifetime break is scheduled to drop to $1 million and the top rate to rise to 55%.)
This means an owner who wants to give a business to children or others, such as employees, can use these exemptions to transfer ownership tax-free. He can even use the $13,000 annual exclusion to transfer value bit by bit.