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As a fully integrated firm of Chartered Accountants and advisors, William Buck provides a complete solution. Putting you at the core of the business, our advisors work together to ensure that careful consideration is given to your business and personal wealth affairs.
Working closely with you and your team, our Business Advisors can help you plan and implement contemporary business strategies and practices to meet your business’s full potential.
Our commercially minded tax specialists offer clear, responsive advice to manage your tax risk, address local and international issues, and develop strategies to optimise your tax position.
Our audit team has extensive experience in a range of engagements, giving stakeholders independent and objective assurance on financial information, transactions and processes.
Our Corporate Advisory team provides objective, strategic and commercial advice across a broad range of business issues. Our work spans the breadth each engagement from the origination of ideas to managing the transaction process, valuation and structuring.
Our highly experienced team of liquidators and trustees use their extensive expertise to assist in times of financial distress, achieving the best outcome for all stakeholders.
By understanding not only what you want to achieve but why it’s important, our wealth advisors can create strategies attuned to your key priorities. The end result is a plan focused on your life goals.
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Our advisors understand the risks and opportunities unique to the agribusiness sector. Taking a strategic view of your operations they provide relevant guidance and advice.
Assisting public and private schools, vocational colleges, universities and private training providers, our education specialists provide timely and valuable assurance services together with strategic, financial and management advice.
Our Government and public sector team has substantial experience in assisting all levels of government to review their structures and develop strategies, in line with relevant legislative requirements and accounting and audit standards.
Working with over 1,600 clients in the health sector, our advisors help practitioners and health care corporates achieve their business and personal goals
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Integrity and transparency are at the heart of the best Not for Profit organisations. These values re shared by our dedicated Not for Profit team, which helps entities to establish to improve performance and develop strategies for long-term growth.
Our advisors understand the challenges and opportunities facing the professional services sector first hand. This experience together with our expertise helps to determine your strategic objectives and provide concise, relevant advice to help you achieve your goals.
Our property and construction team assist on a wide range of assignments from property development to construction and large infrastructure projects. Their diverse experience, technical expertise and commercial know-how to help you tackle the important issues.
Our retail and wholesale team works with a variety of businesses from family owned operations to franchises and larger chains, to provide advice and guidance on the issues that count.
With the skills to help tech companies grow from startup to exit – we provide tailored tech company solutions, supported by access to a range of specialists across numerous service lines and industries.
Our transport and distribution team works with businesses to review their operations, improve efficiency and productivity and ensure compliance with the latest regulatory developments.
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We work with individuals, businesses and community organisations with a particular focus on the mid-market. Drawing on our extensive experience, our advisors will challenge your thinking and re-frame problems to understand their root-cause.
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Whilst the immediate receipt of cash is the preferred form of consideration for a sizable minority of respondents(26.9%), a total of 73.1% of respondents would be willing to accept either shares in a public company (6.4%), the deferred payment of a fixed cash amount (19.9%), cash contingent of post-sale performance (5.8%) or a combination thereof (41.0%) if this achieved a higher overall price for their business on sale.
The willingness of an owner to consider various consideration payment options can greatly improve the chances for the completion of a sale transaction. It gives the parties the opportunity to remove the possible deal impasse that may arise over “price” by allowing the ultimate price paid to be determined by future results that fully reflect any improvements that the existing owners have implemented and which may not be reflected in past results.
It also gives the vendor the opportunity to continue to have an influence over the future performance of the business, or to share in a smaller part of a larger and more diversified public company.
Perhaps surprisingly, 55.2% of respondents indicated that they did not intend to pass on the business to a family member or, if they did, a further 22.4% of respondents would require payment for the business. Only 16% of respondents indicated that they would “gift” the business to a family member.
The foregoing responses may reflect a significant change that has taken place in social attitudes over the past four generations. Past generations have generally been characterised as builders of family businesses which they aspired to see handed down to their children and kept within the family for a number of generations. The survey responses indicate that this may no longer be the case.
The trend over the past four decades has been for Australian families to decrease in size. Australia’s total fertility rate (TFR) has declined from 3.5 children per mother at the height of the baby boom in 1961 to 1.89 in 2010 . The decline in TFR was most evident during the period from 1961 to 1980 and has tended to fluctuate in the range of 1.8 to 2.0 children per mother since the early 1980s. In the period from 1920 to 1961 rates were generally in the range of 2.5 to 3.5 children per mother (except for the post-depression / pre-war years of 1931 to 1940 when the rate was 2.1 to 2.5).
The increased rate of family breakdowns has compounded the issue of having a smaller number of potential successors within the family and the always present potential for conflict between family members.
In short, for family succession to be a viable option there must not only be family members who desire to continue the family business but they must also have the right combination of experience, education and general business acumen. Given the social and economic trends, all factors seem to be limiting, rather than increasing, the number of family members able to take over the business.
Approximately three-quarters of respondents are not aware of how much tax they would need to pay if they sold their business, or if they would be entitled to capital gains tax concessions on the sale.
Given that the after-tax consideration received on the sale of a business is generally more important to owners than the pre-tax price received, the responses represent a critical knowledge “hole” in an owners’ exit planning.
Taxation is a complex and ever-changing area where proper planning with the likely end-goal in mind can deliver significant benefit to the exiting business owner. It is important to appreciate that the appropriateness of any tax planning is dependent upon the objectives that it is designed to serve. As objectives change, so does the effectiveness of any existing tax planning. In short, what was appropriate when the business was expanding and growing, may not be as appropriate when an existing business owner is looking to sell the business.
Equally important is the fact that implementing the most tax effective structure takes time in order to avoid the possibility of negative tax consequences.