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How Are Shares Allocated in an ESOP?

October 19, 2022

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) are qualified retirement plans that grant company shares of stock to employee participants. One common question that owners and ESOP sponsors have to address early in the formation of the ESOP is how those shares will be allocated to participants.  Who Can Participate In ESOP Shares Allocation? Anyone who participates…

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Are ESOPs Good For a Small Business?

October 12, 2022

If you are a small business owner who is exploring exit strategies and/or employee benefit offerings, you have likely come across Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). ESOPs are an option for small business owners who want to transition out of the business over time and/or who want to share the business’ success with their employees…

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What is a Leveraged ESOP & How Does it Work?

September 29, 2022

There are two types of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) – leveraged ESOP and non-leveraged ESOP. Both are qualified retirement plans used by privately-held companies, but how they are funded and structured are slightly different. Leveraged plans are the more common arrangement, at least during initial formation, which is why we want to focus on…

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An Introduction to ESOP Valuations

September 23, 2022

ESOP valuations are a critical component of every employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Accurate valuations are most obviously necessary in order to ascertain the value of employee shares, but they are also needed well before an ESOP is established. For instance, companies need to conduct an ESOP valuation in order to determine the feasibility of…

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ESOP vs ESPP – What’s the Difference?

September 16, 2022

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) are both attractive employee benefits that help participants save for retirement and build wealth. They each encourage employee investment in the business in both a literal and figurative sense, which can aid in retention efforts while boosting employee satisfaction and productivity. Many business owners…

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ESOP Accounting Guide: What You Need to Know

September 13, 2022

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are a terrific benefit to employees and a smart financial tool for many businesses, but they do impact company financial statements in unique ways. In this post, we provide a quick primer on ESOP accounting so you can better understand these impacts. ESOP Accounting Authority and Background Both leveraged and…

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Family Business Succession Planning: What You Need to Know

August 31, 2022

Succession planning is one of the most emotional and challenging aspects of running a family business. Family business succession planning requires owners to look to the past and the future, be honest with themselves about their successor options, and open doors of communication that have been left firmly closed until now. Through it all, they…

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ESOP Rules and Regulations 101

August 23, 2022

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are an attractive solution for business owners and companies that want to reward their employees for their contributions to the business. They are also an effective solution for business owners who want to retire, transition out of the business, or create a succession plan. Finally, the tax advantages and corporate…

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Top 5 Benefits of an ESOP

August 16, 2022

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is most well-known as being a type of qualified employee retirement plan. But there are many more benefits of an ESOP – to both employers and employees. ESOP Defined At the simplest level, an ESOP is a tax-exempt trust that is set up as a defined contribution retirement benefit.…

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What is an ESOP Distribution?

August 11, 2022

One of the biggest advantages to employees who participate in an Employee-Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is the retirement benefits received. Receiving those benefits is considered an ESOP distribution. There are several ESOP payout rules that must be followed in order for retired, terminated, or exited employees to receive their benefits and final distribution could take…

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