Retiring from business ownership

30 October 2020

Retiring from business ownership

Retiring from business ownership – where to start?

When you start considering retirement working out what to do with the business you've successfully built up over the years can be complicated as there are many moving parts and other people involved.

There are some things you can do now that will put you and your business in good shape for when the time comes, even if your retirement is a good few years away.

Make sure your financial accounts are up to date

Paying expenses on time and collecting outstanding debts will give you a clear picture of your businesses cashflow and profitability.

Get your business valued

It may be some time since you last had your business valued and knowing how much it is worth will be important.

Consider tax implications

Speak with your accountant about how tax could impact your plan for leaving your business to retire.  If you're over 55 and have owned your business for more than 15 years you may be able to claim some Capital Gains Tax concessions.

Speak with a legal specialist

Your legal specialist can help you understand what the requirements are for selling or closing your business and what documentation needs to be prepared. They can also guide you on other matters such as business licences, intellectual property and employment contracts.

Decide what you want

Do you want to take a step back but still be involved? Do you want to sell your company to other business partners or a third party? Are there children to take over what you have built over the years? Knowing what you want or what is possible will help you make your plan for closing your business, selling it or passing it on to someone you know and trust.

For more information on retiring from business ownership, speak with a Financial Advisor who specialises in financial planning for business.

This information is general advice only and does not take into account or consider your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting consider the appropriateness of the information to your needs or seek independent advice from a properly qualified professional. Prepared by BUSS (Queensland) Pty Ltd (ABN 15 065 081 281, AFSL 237860) as Trustee for BUSSQ (BUSSQ Fund, ABN 85 571 332 201).

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