Exit Planning

Exit Planning

I have used HLB Gross Collins for personal taxes and partnership returns for over 10 years. I have found the firm and my primary contact, Abigail Hampton to be competent and responsive even when I have been late providing information. I have no reservations in recommending Gross Collins and Abigail to anyone needing a CPA.

Steve Zeis CEO & Founder

Zeis Brothers Investment

Business owners should have an exit strategy: a plan for the time when they're either unwilling or unable to keep running their company. Often, that planning can include a current disaster plan for relatively young business owners and a future long-term succession plan for a smooth path to retirement. At HLB Gross Collins, P.C. we work with owners as to the best exit plan for their business. Whether you are passing your business to the next generation, selling all or part of the business to a third party or exiting through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), HLB Gross Collins, P.C. can assist you through each step of the process. Our consulting experts can help you with the following:

  • Maximize business value
  • Develop a succession plan
  • Determine strategic options
  • Minimize taxes


Buy-sell benefits

Business owners and co-owners of all ages should have a buy-sell agreement in place. Such an agreement should identify the buyer, in case a sale becomes necessary, and specified events that will trigger the buyout. The agreement also should spell out how the price will be determined-it could be a multiple of cash flow or revenue, for instance.

If a company has two or more co-owners, a mutual buy-sell can be effective. For sole shareholders finding a buyer may require some creativity. A key employee might be named, or even a competitor. Funding for a possible buyout might be provided through life and disability insurance.

A long-term exit plan also should cover taxes because certain deal structures can be more or less favorable to the seller. HLB Gross Collins, P.C. can help you work out the terms of an exit strategy and a plan that will make the most sense for current and future business owners.


With international dealings, not all CPA firms are created equal. Frustrated with complicated and inaccurate advise by our previous CPA, we were referred to HLB Gross Collins. HLB has been there to get to know who we are and to help us grow along the way by making suggestions and referrals that work for our business. No question is too small or large, all receive respectful and timely replies. The personal, reliable and professional services that Iliana and HLB staff have provided has been beyond measure, in the more than 11 years since we made the change.

Marc Lacourly

Prime Industries Inc.

“Crunching Numbers” for me is only one of the many things I appreciate about HLB Gross Collins. Over the many years of working with Pauline, who I consider my accountant and friend, I have developed a relationship which reflects trust and loyalty. I know she has my best interest as a basis for all her advice. Caring may be the key word. She is always available to guide my decisions in a supportive and professional manner. I consider myself fortunate to be a client.

Sara Thomas

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