Succession planning

By Tolley in association with Peter Rayney of Peter Rayney Tax Consulting Ltd
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The following Trusts and Inheritance Tax guidance note by Tolley in association with Peter Rayney of Peter Rayney Tax Consulting Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Succession planning
  • Introduction
  • Passing down the shares
  • Company purchase of own shares
  • Use of trusts

Introduction

Succession planning can be described as the development of prudent and considered strategies to help protect a business from unnecessary deterioration. Such deterioration could arise from (possibly) unexpected future events, eg the owner-manager’s forced retirement or serious illness.

Clearly, owner-managers should have a mechanism in place for passing over the management and / or ownership of their company over a period of time. For most owner-managers, transferring the running and / or ownership of their business is a difficult and emotionally charged affair. However, owner-managers who fail to plan for succession do so at their peril since, in a worst-case scenario, this could lead to a collapse of the business.

There are many reasons why owner-managers are reluctant to hand over control, which include:

  • fear of their own retirement
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