Customized Financial Solutions for Businesses
Business Planning Group works with owners and executives, as well as their legal and CPA teams, to help our clients understand the potential rewards that are available by taking a proactive approach to financial planning. Our services provide IRS compliant solutions that minimize the impact of income and estate taxes on your lifetime earnings. We create customized programs that help our business clients:
- Implement executive benefits
- Recruit, retain and reward key employees
- Mitigate taxes
- Understanding your business valuation
- Handle business risk
- Build personal wealth
- Increase EBITDA
- Sell or transition a business
- Create tax-free retirement income
We work with and train CPA’s
Business Planning Group is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Boards of Accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.
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Executive Wealth Builder® Plans
Executive Wealth Builder® plans are executive benefits that are combined and customized to meet the goals of you and your company. As a successful owner or executive, you’ve probably spent years hiring and training key employees and building your valued team. In today’s ultra-competitive market, the loss of a key team member could be devastating to your future plans. As can be expected, your top performers look to you to understand and recognize their value to your organization. Rewarding your joint successes with a lucrative executive benefit is your way of saying, ”you’re on my team!” Executive wealth builder plans are an arrangement between you and your key employee(s), where the company agrees to pay the key employee a specified benefit, at a specific time (often at retirement) in exchange for the employee’s commitment to staty with the firm. Sometimes referred to as “golden handcuffs” or “non-qualified plans”, these plans are generally exempt from employee retirement income security act (ERISA) and Department of Labor (DOL) discrimination rules and top heavy testing to which qualified plans are subject.
Executive wealth builder plans include:
leveraged premium plans
- tax conversion plans
section 162 executive bonus and double bonus plans
split dollar plans
buy-sell purchase agreement plans
key person insurance
deferred compensation plans / SERP
- key person insurance
While most qualified plans have contribution limitations that make it difficult to ensure an adequate retirement income, non-qualified, “executive benefit” plans can remedy this condition for owners, executives, and your most valued employees.
Qualified plans provide essential retirement benefits for employers and employees and can also provide death and disability benefits. Qualified plans can give employers a critical edge in recruiting new and retaining existing key employees. Qualified plans allow employers a significant tax deduction for contributions made to the plan and provide tax advantages to owners, key executives and employees by utilizing pre-tax plan contributions rather than after-tax dollars.
Qualified plans must satisfy the Internal Revenue Code in both form and operation. The provisions in your plan document must satisfy the requirements of the IRS code and those plan provisions must be followed in order to be compliant. Plans that meet these Internal Revenue Code requirements are “qualified” for special tax advantages, including income tax deductibility for employer contributions. Additionally, the qualifying contributions are not immediately taxable to employees (except for Roth IRA and Roth 401k Plans). All of the funds within compliant qualified plans accumulate on a tax-deferred basis. These plans help employers and employees leverage their retirement savings.
Qualified plans include:
- defined contribution plans including profit sharing and pension plans
- defined benefit plans and 412(e)(3) plans
- IRA plans
- 401(k) and 401(k) safe harbor plans
Leveraged Premium Plans
Leveraged premium plans enable clients to leverage existing assets in order to fund a life insurance policy. With a leveraged premium plan, the client (or the clients’ trust or organization) takes out a collateralized loan from a lender in order to pay the premiums on a life insurance policy. Since the funds for the leveraged premium plan are loaned, they are not taxed or reported as earnings. Because leveraged plans utilize outside funds, they can significantly reduce client liquidity needs. The insured owns the policy and will be responsible for repayment of the borrowed amount and interest until the loan principal is repaid to the lender, usually through a policy cash value withdrawal. Insurance policy cash values and other assets are used for collateral against the loan until it is retired. Leveraged premium plans have many benefits; here are a few of those:
- leveraged premium plans reduce liquidity needs; helpful if your assets are not readily convertible to cash or, are committed to other expenses.
- leveraged premium plans allow the current assets of the client to be employed into investments with returns that are higher than the cost of borrowing.
- leveraged premium plans assist clients in building significant tax-free retirement income while only paying the interest on the borrowed premiums.
- leveraged premium policy funds can be used for:
- retirement income planning
- pre-funding of a corporate buyout
- estate liquidity
- estate maximization
- corporate liquidation value replacement
- corporate benefit planning
- estate tax replacement
- legacy planning
Tax Conversion Plans
You’ve worked and saved your entire life, creating a significant retirement fund for you and your family. Now, as retirement approaches, you may realize that these funds will be significantly eroded by the continued impact of taxation during retirement. Taxes will be levied on qualified plan required distributions, earnings in retirement, estate taxes after death and finally, income taxes on distribution to the heirs of your estate.
Business Planning Group will assist you in creating your own tax conversion plan (TCP). Your plan will enable you to reduce and even eliminate the future impact of taxation on your retirement plans and estate. When properly constructed, your plan will:
- reduce your overall taxation during plan creation
- convert your assets to tax-free retirement income
- provide you with living benefits while alive
- provide your loved ones with an estate that has tax-free death benefits
You Can Do Something Now!
After a few years of planning and execution to create and fund your TCP, you are ready to get your tax conversion plan out of the qualified plan in which it resides. Once the funds are liberated, income tax on the current plan value must be paid in the next years taxes. In exchange, you have now converted your retirement savings to a tax-free, tax conversion plan!
It may seem a counter-intuitive to get a business valuation now since you are probably not ready to sell your business. Still, knowing your business value is necessary for many major company events. Getting knowledge about your business value gives you a head start on those major events such as debt or equity financing, justification of share values, buy/sell planning and funding, exit planning, tax reporting and even litigation.
What are the methods of understanding the value of my company?
- Market approach business valuation methods – Market approach estimates of the business value compare the company to recent selling prices of similar businesses.
- Earnings or Income approach business valuation methods – These types of valuations determine the cash flow of the company using normalized past earnings to evaluate what future earnings may be and then, evaluate those earnings through a capitalization factor (a rate of return that a purchaser would expect to make).
- Asset-based business valuation methods – These types of valuations can be done on a going concern or on a liquidation basis. The basic valuation methods involve understanding the business net assets (for a going concern) or net cash (in a liquidation).
- Enterprise Value business valuation methods – This value is the total value of the firm, all equity plus all long-term debt.
- A combination of business valuation methods
How to get a valuation?
In order to get a true valuation for your business, it is essential that the data entered be as correct as possible. We prefer that you provide the most recent three-years of financial data from your tax returns as well as your current company P&L and balance sheet, which will enable you to see actual trends that have developed in your business over the past several years.
Captive Insurance Companies
A captive insurance company is one that provides risk coverage for the enterprise risks of its’ parent company(ies). Captives are essentially a form of self-insurance where the insurer (the captive insurance company) ownership mirrors the ownership of the insured entity. Over the last few decades, many large corporations have enjoyed the financial benefits of operating their own captive insurance companies. Since 1986, smaller captives have been available under IRS code 831(b). Known as “micro-captives”, these smaller captives are established to meet risk management needs of small to medium sized companies and cover a wide range of enterprise risks, especially those risks that are typically not insured by commercial carriers or which are only available at a very high cost.
While the risk management benefits of captives are important, tax advantages derived from captives are also significant. A captive insurance company receives annual premiums for insuring the enterprise risks. Once the captive is established, it is subject to state regulatory requirements of the state in which the captive is domiciled. A well structured, IRS compliant, and properly managed captive can provide you and your organization with many benefits.
Individual Disability Income
According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 1 in 4 Americans will become disabled before they retire. Most may think, “I’m careful and the chances of an accident are low,” however, accidents don’t cause most disabilities. Instead, most disabilities are caused by back injuries, cancer, heart disease and many other illnesses. That is why an individual disability insurance should be a part of an effective financial plan.
Your ability to earn an income is the foundation of the life you and your family have and hope to continue creating. Should you become disabled, there is plenty to consider without worrying about having to work in order to get paid.
The chances of suffering at least one long-term disability that lasts for 3 months or longer, before reaching age 65, is 51% if you are currently 30 years old; that drops to 34% if you are age 50. If you do become disabled and are unable to work, there is a significant risk, namely, your future lifetime earnings.
Now, while you are healthy, is the best time to discuss the importance of individual disability insurance with Business Planning Group.