Are EOTs the reply to enterprise house owners’ succession woes?


A slow-burn path to EOT adoption

As with all first drafts, there’s nonetheless room to enhance on Canada’s EOT laws. Whereas U.Ok. guidelines enable enterprise house owners to switch their enterprise to an EOT on a tax-exempt foundation, the present tax legal guidelines in Canada don’t enable that as but. In different phrases, deploying an EOT technique would lead to a taxable occasion for Canadian entrepreneurs, which may hinder its adoption.

“There’s probably some tax planning that must associate with implementing this,” Kinnear says. “For our enterprise proprietor purchasers, we work collaboratively with their company accountants. … It’s all about minimizing the quantity of tax the enterprise proprietor is finally going to should pay on it.”

One other potential snag, in keeping with commentators, pertains to the timing of the sale proceeds. Enterprise house owners have historically been capable of obtain all or considerably many of the proceeds in pretty brief order after promoting to a 3rd get together, after which they will make investments the cash how they like. With the EOT, Kinnear says, enterprise house owners will face a runway of a number of years, and probably as much as a decade.

“For lots of enterprise house owners, that might elevate some cashflow issues and considerations. That’s one other space we’ve to strategize and map out,” Kinnear says. “What’s going to an prolonged cost interval seem like for enterprise house owners to make use of this? And the way does it influence any huge purchases they’ve deliberate?”

With these and different challenges, it’s going to seemingly take time for many enterprise house owners, their advisors and their accountants to return to grips with EOTs. However as soon as early adopters work out the kinks and proclaim their success, the technique might very nicely take the pure subsequent step of attracting consideration within the media and at trade conferences. For now, solely time will inform whether or not they can really catch on – and hopefully, catch hearth.


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