Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs): Now Even Greater Tax Savings When Selling Businesses

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With careful planning, tax practitioners can help owners of a business sell their stock to an ESOP without having to pay tax at the time of the sale on all or part of the realized gain. Using ESOPs may allow clients to save potentially millions of dollars in taxes and create a company that is exempt from federal tax at either the corporate or the shareholder level.

The faculty for this program will discuss what you need to know to better advise your clients about the use of ESOPs. Gain specialized knowledge on sophisticated transactions involving ESOPs.

Educational Objectives
• Show the requirements and structure of an ESOP
• Identify the ways in which an ESOP can benefit employees
• Determine the tax benefits and consequences to an ESOP’s selling shareholder 
• Identify valid QRPs and show their impact on investment strategies
• Distinguish between the tax benefits available to C corporations and S corporations



Mr. Hector focuses his practice on ERISA and employee benefits law including the areas of ESOPs, qualified plans, all types of executive compensation, fiduciary liability, and related securities law issues. Mr. Hector is a nationally recognized ESOP attorney, who has advised several public and private ESOP companies with regard to corporate governance, succession planning strategies, ownership transition, and liquidity transactions.

Mr. Hector has served as counsel to companies and shareholders regarding the use of ESOPs in numerous transactions, including equity repurchases, ownership succession transactions, leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations. He has also represented lenders and trustees in ESOP transactions.

Mr. Hector has an impressive history working with all types of benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. He has also represented several clients before the IRS and the Department of Labor in connection with ESOP and employee benefits matters.


Since 1983, Mike McCarthy has achieved a rewarding career in financial services by putting his clients’
interests first and providing exceptional personal service. He combines experience and expertise to
provide appropriate and customized investment strategies. In addition to serving his clients, Mike has
been a Branch Manager for Wells Fargo Advisors since 1996.

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Loyola University of Chicago in 1982 and received his
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional certification in 1990. His teaching experience includes
serving as an instructor for the investments section of DePaul University’s CFP® courses since 2000. He
currently serves as the Director of the Financial Planning Education Center for the university. Mike has
served in various capacities over the years for the Financial Planning Association (FPA). He is a member
of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and a member of the ESOP Association.
In addition to his corporate and executive service capabilities, Mike specializes in thorough retirement and investment planning and believes in a good investment program enhances personal wealth by helping to increase income consistent with each client’s risk tolerance.