Employee Stock Ownership Plans as a Business and Tax Planning Vehicle

Leveraging ESOPs for Business Succession and Estate and Retirement Planning

Recording of a 110-minute CLE/CPE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Course Materials

This teleconference will provide tax advisors with a review of the use of ESOPs for business succession, and estate and retirement planning purposes. The panel will discuss how to structure the ESOP and analyze tax consequences for the business owner, shareholders and employees.


Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are popular forms of deferred compensation plans and can be effective tools for business succession, and estate and retirement planning purposes. ESOPs provide tax advantages for the business owner seeking to plan for retirement while retaining control of the business.

Structured properly, ESOPs can enhance the company’s liquidity, preserve working capital, reduce a business owner’s income tax burden, provide the business with tax deductions and offer tax deferred income to key employees.

Listen as our authoritative panel of legal advisors provides practical and strategic advice on using ESOPs as tax and retirement/estate planning vehicles for business owners.



  1. Advantages of ESOP as a deferred compensation plan
    1. Business succession
    2. Estate and retirement planning
  2. Structuring the ESOP
  3. Tax attributes and consequences
    1. Impact to business entity
    2. Impact to business owner
    3. Impact to employee/shareholder


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How can business owners leverage ESOPs for a business succession vehicle?
  • What tax advantages do ESOPs offer the business owner and his or her company?
  • What are some of the pitfalls in structuring ESOPs and how can counsel best avoid these pitfalls?
  • What estate planning advantages do ESOPs offer business owners?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Anthony J. Jacob
Anthony J. Jacob

Hinshaw & Culbertson

Mr. Jacob is engaged in general corporate practice, including various aspects of private merger, acquisition,...  |  Read More

Anthony E. Antognoli
Anthony E. Antognoli

Hinshaw & Culbertson

He focuses his business practice in the representation of large and mid-size clients in the areas of federal taxation,...  |  Read More

Mary Josephs
Mary Josephs
Executive Managing Director
Verit Advisors

She is Founder and CEO of Verit Advisors, a specialized middle market investment banking firm. She is a nationally...  |  Read More

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