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How to Lease or Buy a Car in Today’s Crazy Automotive Market

It’s no secret that the automotive industry has been experiencing a serious supply chain shortage throughout the pandemic. Auto manufacturers aren’t able to get certain necessary parts like semiconductors and computer chips. In addition, there have been many other production… Read Now >>

Transferring Your Business Ownership to an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust (IDGT)

March 24, 2021
Pocket watch and pen, representing creation of a trust

Some business owners will want to explore the option of creating an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust (IDGT). When the situation is right, it can be a smart way to limit tax liability when transferring wealth and business assets to heirs.… Read Now >>

Selling a Business in a High-Tax State? Consider an ING Trust.

March 17, 2021
California state capital building - high-tax state

It’s no secret that here in California, taxes are among the highest in the country. The trust income tax tops out at a whopping 13.3% and can be very costly if you are selling a business or transferring estate assets.… Read Now >>

Estate Planning Opportunities in Anticipation of Tax Changes

March 10, 2021
Family hiking in the hills, representing estate planning for family future.

We saw a major swing of power with this past election as President Biden moved into the White House and Democrats gained a technical majority in the Senate. No matter your political beliefs, it is important to study political trends… Read Now >>

Are Estate Tax Laws About to Change?

March 3, 2021
Scales of justice - Tax law concept

This month on the Illumination Wealth Blog, we want to talk about tax planning. We will be focusing on the changing estate tax laws and the overall estate and gift tax landscape, as well as estate and income tax planning… Read Now >>

7 Main Types of Business Exit Options, Part 2: External Exits

February 24, 2021
Conceptual hub with 7 different exit options

Last week, we talked about the first four most common types of business exit options. We featured the “internal exits.” This week, we will focus on the “external exits” that business owners can consider when it is time to sell… Read Now >>

7 Main Types of Business Exit Options, Part 1: Internal Exits

February 17, 2021
Conceptual hub with 7 different exit options

On the Illumination Wealth Blog, our focus lately has been on exit planning for business owners. Last week, we put together a checklist to help you know if you are truly “ready” to move on. These next two weeks, we… Read Now >>

Business Owner Exit Plan Readiness Checklist

February 10, 2021
Hand filling out a checklist

Are you truly ready to transition away from your business? This is a critical question every business owner must ask as they develop and execute their exit plan. Cashing out and moving onto retirement or another business venture sounds enticing.… Read Now >>

The Business Owners’ Financial Game Plan for 2021 [Webinar Replay]

February 5, 2021

The new year is here, but the economic uncertainty continues. In this webinar, we make sure you’re in the best position to understand and maximize the most recent stimulus, proposed stimulus, and tax law changes impacting business owners. Join our… Read Now >>

Why All Business Owners Should Have an Exit Plan Ready

February 3, 2021
hourglass representing time running out to develop business exit plan

Many business owners are planning to sell their business at some point in the future—or at least their personal ownership stake. That’s when it’s time to retire or move onto the next business venture. Whether you own a small business… Read Now >>

How to Narrow Your Business Value Gap

January 27, 2021
Coronado Bridge - metaphor for bridging the business value gap

As we discussed last week, calculating your business value gap is an important step to take (and continue retaking periodically) if your ultimate plan is to sell your business. The value gap represents your company’s actual market value compared to… Read Now >>