High Personal Tax Levels & Family Businesses

High Personal Tax Levels & Family Businesses

June 15, 2023

Family Enterprise USA (FEUSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting family-owned businesses in America, has recently conducted a comprehensive survey among family businesses in the country. The Family Business Survey 2023 highlights the most pressing concerns of these enterprises, with high personal tax levels emerging as a top worry for America's largest private employers.

High Persona Tax Levels: A Barrier To Growth

Family-owned businesses are crucial to the American economy. They contribute to 64% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and employ 62% of the workforce. Despite their importance, the FEUSA survey reveals that these businesses are grappling with a slew of challenges, with high personal tax levels taking center stage.

The survey indicates that a significant number of family business owners are concerned about the increasing personal tax rates, which they believe hampers their ability to grow and reinvest in their businesses. This is particularly true for small and mid-sized family enterprises, which often lack the resources and financial flexibility of their larger counterparts.

Family businesses are unique in that their personal finances are often closely intertwined with the company's operations. Higher personal tax levels put more pressure on the owners, affecting not just their individual finances but also the overall health of the business. This burden has the potential to limit investment in new ventures, hinder job creation, and ultimately impact the country's economic growth.

The Impact of High Personal Tax Levels on Family Business Succession

Family-owned businesses face unique challenges when it comes to succession planning. Transferring ownership and control to the next generation requires careful planning, and high personal tax rates can complicate this process.

The FEUSA survey found that family businesses are concerned about the effect of high personal tax rates on their succession plans. These tax rates can make it difficult for the next generation to inherit the business, as they may not have the financial means to absorb the tax burden. Consequently, this could lead to the sale or closure of the business, jeopardizing the legacy and jobs associated with these enterprises.

Calls for Tax Reforms to Support Family Businesses

The findings of the Family Business Survey 2023 have prompted FEUSA and other industry stakeholders to call for tax reforms that support the growth and sustainability of family-owned businesses. They argue that reducing personal tax rates could help spur investment, create more jobs, and secure the future of these enterprises.

Some proposed measures include:

  1. Lowering personal income tax rates for family business owners to encourage investment and job creation.
  2. Providing tax breaks for family businesses that invest in research, development, or innovation.
  3. Simplifying the tax code to reduce the administrative burden on family-owned businesses.

As America's largest private employers, family-owned businesses play a vital role in the nation's economy. To ensure the continued growth and prosperity of family enterprises, it is crucial for policymakers to consider tax reforms that support their unique needs and contribute to the overall health of the American economy.


Important Disclosures

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