It is critical to determine the purpose of the valuation. This determination shapes the choice of evaluations to aply, because different approaches and concepts may be more appropriate.
Most business owners use tax returns of financial statements prepared for tax returns as the financial presentation of their business. As a result, the market value of assets are not reflecting depreciation or acceptable deductions that are written off for tax purposes.
While this may be good for tax purposes, tax return financial statements do not reflect years of hard work or business assets. The business goodwill or intngible value, which represents a major component of a business worth in many cases, is not a consideration for tax purposes and, therefore neither are financial statements for tax purposes.
For a business to grow and expand in today's market, capital and financing are essential. An evaluation reflecting what the business is worth can be a powerful tool in dealing with financial institutions. Also, a business evaluation is essential when the owner is ready to consider selling the business.
Placing the right value on your business is essential for any of the following purposes:
• The sale of your business at a fair market price • To provide a lender with a Fair Market Value for a business • Planning for a merger, acquisition or stock offering • To develop an estate plan or tax plan to protect your wealth • To transfer the business into a trust or create a succession plan • To determine the value of assets and liabilities for a divorce settlement • Existing Web Site Modifications and Enhancements • To assist an attorney in litigation • To settle an insurance claim • To set up an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP)