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Business Succession Planning - Never a Better Time to Address This FLEXCAST

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2.0 Credits

Member Price $98.00

Non-Member Price $113.00


Aging baby boomers - Low values from business interruptions - Historically low interest rates. In bad times for many, a perfect storm of opportunity for addressing business succession planning with clients. This Course discusses the various issues and alternatives that arise with respect to succession planning for the owners of privately-held businesses. Gifting the business to family members is discussed. Are there suitable successors within the family? Will there be sufficient liquidity to address financial needs if the business interest is given away? What are the best tax planning alternatives for transferring a business? We will consider entering into a succession arrangement with fellow owners of the business. Concerns regarding entering into and structuring a buy-sell agreement will be reviewed. The alternative of selling the business to a third party will be explored, considering both the tax and non-tax issues that arise in this situation.


Key Elements in the Planning Process. Code Section 6166. Advanced Estate Planning Techniques. Estate Freeze Transactions. Estate Freezes. The Charitable Bail-Out. Suggested Terms for a Buy-Sell Agreement.



Designed For

CPAs, financial professionals, enrolled agents and attorneys.


Building a succession plan. Use tools and techniques for transferring the family business interest. Understand federal tax consequences. Understand valuing the business. Understand liquidity issues in succession planning.




This is a FlexCast (no exam required) and may be viewed only Monday - Saturday, 5am - 5pm PT. You may take up to one year from the date of purchase to complete the course. Pause your FlexCast and resume at a convenient day during the hours above. Partial credit for 2+ credit courses: If you are unable to complete the course in one sitting, partial credit can be awarded (minimum of one credit). To earn the remaining credits, you must return later and start the course from the beginning. Use chat to ask questions of a subject matter expert during the program.


Leader Bios

Steven Siegel, Western CPE

Steven G. Siegel, JD, LLM, is president of The Siegel Group, which provides consulting services to attorneys, accountants, business owners, family offices, and financial planners. Based in Morristown, New Jersey, the Group provides services throughout the United States.

Steven is the author of many books, including: The Grantor Trust Answer Book (2018 CCH); The Adviser’s Guide to Financial and Estate Planning(AICPA 2019); Federal Fiduciary Income Taxation (Foxmoor 2019); and Federal Estate and Gift Tax (Foxmoor 2016). He is also a co-author with Richard Oshins, Esq. of The Anatomy of the Perfect Modern Trust, Estate Planning Magazine January and February 2016.

In conjunction with numerous tax-planning lectures he has delivered for the National Law Foundation, Steven has prepared extensive lecture materials on the following subjects: planning for an aging population, business entities, preparing the audit-proof federal estate tax return, business acquisitions, representing buyers and sellers in sale of a business, dynasty trusts, planning with intentionally defective grantor trusts, estate planning, S corporations, divorce, and many others.

Steven has delivered hundreds of lectures to thousands of attendees in live venues and via webinars throughout the United States on tax, business, and estate planning topics on behalf of numerous organizations, including Western CPE, the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, CCH, National Law Foundation, AICPA, Yale School of Management, University of Chicago Business School, the National Society of Accountants, Cohn-Reznick, Foxmoor Education, many state CPA societies and estate planning councils, and on behalf of private companies.

He’s presently serving as an adjunct professor of law in the graduate tax program (LLM) of the University of Alabama School of Law, and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall University and Rutgers University law schools.

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa); a juris doctor from Harvard Law School; and an LLM in taxation from New York University Law School.

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Non-Member Price $113.00

Member Price $98.00