There are many ways to help your business's bottom line. One of the fastest ways to achieve this goal, if done correctly, is through mergers and acquisitions. You've probably heard of the term before, and have a general understanding of what happens to companies when this occurs, but what exactly happens when a company merges with another or is acquired? The answer to that depends on the goals of the businesses involved. In this blog, we'll cover the options you have to consider as it relates to structuring your business entity for a merger or acquisition.
The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) once governed the auditing process for LLCs that are taxed as partnerships. Previously, the IRS could not hold the LLC responsible for federal income tax deficiencies, only the members of the LLC were liable. TEFRA has since been repealed and effective January 1, 2018 the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 governs the auditing procedures. This adjustment allows the IRS to collect underpaid taxes directly from the LLC if the LLC is taxed as a partnership rather than a C-corp or S-corp. This important change will require companies to update their operating agreements.
More than half of all new restaurants fail within the first year, and the statistics for other types of business aren't much higher. When you come up with a new business idea, you might spend years researching your idea and comparing other businesses before looking at funding or applying for loans. The most successful business owners plan for the unexpected problems that can pop up in the future.
If you're a small business owner, you've most-likely considered entering a partnership at one point or another. From an outsider's perspective, joining a partnership can seem like a great use of resources, capital, and energy. However, most partnerships don't pan out the way partners would hope because many business partners enter a partnership for all of the wrong reasons. Some of these reasons include not having enough connections, shortage of financing, lack of skill set, or simply not wanting to operate alone. That being said, there are many variables that may come into play and derail a partnership as the business picks up.