What is an ESOP?

Many business owners may wonder, “What is an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)?” This a common question from business owners seeking business succession plans as a method for liquidating their equity in the business while maintaining the culture and values of the company they built during their working years.

Roles and Responsibilities of an ESOP Plan Trustee - Part Two

Part One of our Roles and Responsibilities of an ESOP Plan Trustee highlighted the requirements for an ESOP Plan Trustee according to Title 29 of U.S. Code Section 1104(a) and IRS Section 401(a)(28)(c).

Roles and Responsibilities of an ESOP Plan Trustee - Part One

In part one of our two-part series on the roles and responsibilities of an ESOP Plan Trustee, we will discuss the overall responsibilities of the Plan Trustee including engaging an independent ESOP appraiser.

Pending Legislation for ESOPs

Last month, Republican Senator Steve Daines from Montana cosponsored the bill in the Senate titled S. 1589 – Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act of 2017. The pending bill was initially sponsored in the Senate by Republican Pat Roberts from Kansas last year on July 19th.

Employee Owned Companies are 235% Better at Job Retention

We have previously discussed how ESOP Companies are Better at Job Retention than their Non-ESOP Counterparts.

Ways to Develop an Effective ESOP Communication Committee

I am honored to be presenting on Struggling with How to Make an Impactful ESOP Committee on Thursday, March 8th, at 1:05 pm in Appleton, WI as part of the ESOP Association Wisconsin Chapter 2018 Spring Conference & Roundtables  being held at Lawrence University.

ESOP Repurchase Obligation: What is the ESOP Repurchase Liability?

What is the ESOP repurchase liability?

The ESOP repurchase obligation or liability is the company’s obligation to buy back shares from ESOP participants according to the company’s ESOP document and ESOP Distribution Policy. The ESOP repurchase obligation helps with planning for cash requirements and how to meet bank (or seller) requirements for leveraged ESOPs.

Companies With ESOPs Offer More

We have reviewed methods for transitioning your business compared to selling to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). One of the arguments against ESOPs is the perceived lack of diversification, because all the participants’ investments are in company stock. The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) has done a great job of addressing this myth by showcasing how employee ownership can create jobs, strengthen the economy, and develop companies, illustrated in this infographic.

Recruiting Advantages as an Employee Owned Company

The landscape in today’s job market for hiring companies is difficult, especially with the unemployment rate at 4.1% for the past three months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment rates are at the lowest since 2000. Employers continue to need top talent to grow operations. This was evident with December’s jobs report indicating, once again, that we added jobs, another 148,000 to be exact. Companies have added 2.1 million employees in 2017 and 2.2 million employees in 2016, so it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. 

2017 ESOP Benefit Payment Government Filings (IRS Forms 1099-R, 1096, 945)

If you paid any ESOP or other qualified retirement plan distribution of $10 or more last year you will have to prepare and file some government forms: Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc.

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