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Be an Estate Tax Hero…So Your Family Keeps More Money

Disclaimer: This article is for general information purposes only. Do not pass away thinking that this is all you need to know regarding gift and estate tax valuation. Contact your CPA or attorney for official advice before then.


Death and taxes are inevitable. They are also inseparable; when the first happens, you can be certain the second isn’t far behind.

When anyone passes away, there are always plenty of financial loose ends to tie up. However, for business owners, it can be absolutely overwhelming. That’s when you definitely want solid professionals on your side. Especially when you consider how much Estate Taxes can significantly affect property that you wish to transfer at your death.

Market Your Business

Want to Sell Your Business? You Need an Expert Marketer

Note: In case you’re just joining us, this is Part Two of a series on how to sell your business. Before reading this post on marketing your business, take a couple of minutes and read Part One: Getting a Valuation if you missed it.

After securing an accurate valuation, the next step is to begin letting potential buyers know that your business is available. No one can buy your business if they don’t know it is for sale. There are several simple and direct ways to do this:

fundamentals of selling your business

7 Time Tested Fundamentals of Selling your Business

Would you rather sell your company for 3x or 10x EBITDA?

That’s a big difference, and one worth putting serious thought into.

Let’s say you have 2 companies. Both generate $25 million in revenue and $5 million of profit a year. Company 1 has an owner with complete control of all areas of the business and no management diversification. Company 2 has great management diversification and its largest customer is only 2% of its revenue.

Both companies might sell. But Company 1 will bring in much less than Company 2. Let’s look at some key factors you can take control of now to help you sell like Company 2 later.

Recent Activities

  • Southard Financial facilitated the sale of Memphis' own TOPS Bar-B-Q chain

    Southard Financial facilitated the sale of Memphis' own TOPS Bar-B-Q chain
  • David A. Harris and Matthew L. Jakes spoke at the 2019 Spring Workshop of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association

    David A. Harris and Matthew L. Jakes spoke at the 2019 Spring Workshop of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association held in Atlanta, Georgia in February, 2019 on the topic of “Valuation Appraisal Checklist – 10 Things Your ESOP Appraiser Should be Doing”

  • David A. Harris spoke at The Fall ESOP Forum of the NCEO

    David A. Harris spoke at The Fall ESOP Forum of the NCEO (National Center for Employee Ownership) held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October, 2018 on the topic, “Communicating Valuation: Tools, Tips, and Examples”.

  • Southard Financial negotiated the sale of and was the exclusive financial advisor to Southern Systems, Inc.

    Southard Financial negotiated the sale of and was the exclusive financial advisor to Southern Systems, Inc.
  • David A. Harris spoke at the 2018 Annual Fall Conference of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association

    David A. Harris spoke at the 2018 Annual Fall Conference of the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association held in Birmingham, Alabama in September, 2018. He led a workshop called “The People’s Roundtable Interactive Workshop – A series of ‘Build to Last’ activities that focus on developing successful communication and team building programs for employee owners of all generations.” Speakers included Dolores Lawrence, Blue Ridge ESOP Associates; Lindsay Baublitz, SCandH Capital; David Harris, Southard Financial LLC

  • Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the ESOP Nuts & Bolts Seminar of the NCEO

    Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the ESOP Nuts and Bolts Seminar of the NCEO (National Center for Employee Ownership) held in Indianapolis, Indiana in August, 2018 on the topic of “What’s Your Company Worth? – ESOP Valuation.”

  • Southard Financial helps Transnetyx expand with growth capital

    Southard Financial helps Transnetyx expand with growth capital
  • Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute

    Mark A. Orndorff spoke at the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute 2018 held in Memphis, TN in January, 2018 on the topic of Succession Planning titled “What is Your ‘End Goal’?”

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