Taking stock of your estate plan – Why business owners should consider an ESOP
Abstract: Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) offer closely held business owners an exit strategy and a tax-efficient technique for sharing equity with employees. An ESOP can also be a powerful estate and retirement planning tool. This article explains how ESOPs can help business owners address several planning challenges, including lack of liquidity and the need to provide for children outside the business. A sidebar looks at the pros and cons of S corporation ESOPs.