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Why Succession Planning should be an essential part of your business strategy

  • 21st February 2023

Succession planning is an essential part of any business strategy. It ensures that a company's key leadership transitions smoothly. However, many businesses struggle with succession planning, as it involves complex financial and legal issues. This is where an accountant can be a valuable asset. In this blog, we will discuss how an accountant can help with succession planning.

Analysing the Financial Health of the Company

Understanding the financial health of your business is crucial when it comes to succession planning. An accountant can analyse your company's financial statements, tax returns, and other financial records to help you assess your company's financial performance and anything that could impact your succession plan.

Evaluating Business Valuation

Succession planning and business valuation also go hand-in-hand. You need to be aware of the value of your company to ensure the succession plan you put in place is correct for you and your business. This is where an accountant can help evaluate a company based on its assets, liabilities, and market conditions and also how this valuation could potentially change in the future.

Tax Planning

Significant tax implications, with regards to succession planning, can also occur when transferring ownership of a business or control of the company to a new generation. An accountant can help a business to minimise tax liabilities and maximise tax benefits to support business owners in creating a succession plan that is tax-efficient. They can also provide guidance on tax planning strategies that align with the ambitions of a business.

Estate Planning

Estate planning, which can often be a complex process, is also involved in process of succession planning. Having an accountant to support you in developing an estate plan is essential in achieving your objectives and ensuring the transfer of any assets is smooth and successful. They can also assist with creating trusts, gifting strategies, and other estate planning tools that can help minimise tax liabilities and protect your assets.

Developing Financial Strategies

An accountant can also help you develop financial strategies such as creating a budget and cash flow forecasting to ensure a company's financial stability if and when a company transitions to a new generation of leadership.

In conclusion, an accountant can be an invaluable asset in helping business owners to create a successful succession plan that ensuring a smooth transition of leadership and the long-term success of your company.

Do you have a succession plan? If not, contact Forrester Boyd today to find out more about how we can help you to develop your succession plan. Email us or call one of our offices for more information on 01472 350601.

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