Imagine deciding to sell your business – your life’s work – and having the taxes you would have to pay on income related to the sale double what they are today.


Well, that is what will happen if the administration’s capital gains tax increase goes into effect. The capital gains tax on some transactions could be raised from 20% to 39.5% -- that’s a 98% increase!


This proposed capital gains increase could take an additional $150,000-$200,000 out of your pocket for every post-sale million dollars in value.


This is important information to have now, because there has never been a better time to sell a business. We are seeing dramatic increases in what businesses are being valued at; in how many buyers are in the market looking for an opportunity; and the numbers of businesses that are being valued at a premium price.


Business valuations that were negatively impacted by the pandemic are starting to return to ‘pre-COVID’ levels. The banks and the business valuation firms recognize negative COVID impacts beginning March 1, 2020, and for some industries running through the end of this month, June 30, 2021.

Business owners with companies that have had historical success and growth prior to COVID and are returning to normal numbers this year need to know that the last 16 months won’t affect their market value as significantly as they might assume.

This might be the right time to sell – to ensure that you get the most out of your life’s work.


Thank you,


Frank Haverkamp

Sunbelt Nebraska

Business owners ask us these questions every day:

  • Should I sell my business now while they are selling so quickly and for a premium?


  • How can I increase the value of my business so it’s worth a lot more?


  • Do I know what my business might be worth in today’s “Seller’s Market”?


This is important information to have now, because there has never been a better time to sell a business. We are seeing dramatic increases in what businesses are being valued at; in how many buyers are in the market looking for an opportunity; and the numbers of businesses that are being valued at a premium price.


Another reason to consider selling – a proposed capital gains increase could take an additional $150,000-$200,000 out of your pocket for every post-sale million dollars in value!


Elevating your business value is all about understanding a few simple things about your Customers and Competition and your Capacity and your Competence. These are all good things to take a look at and consider. Taking steps now to improve your standing in each category will make your business worth more whether you are thinking about selling or not.


There has never been a better time to sell a business!


Thank you,


Frank Haverkamp

Sunbelt Nebraska

There has probably never been a better time to sell a business – for many reasons; The biggest may be an upcoming increase in the capital gains tax.


Raising the capital gains tax from 20% to approximately 39.6% would have huge potential impact on what you, as a business owner, could expect to net from the sale of your business. And the new administration has indicated a big increase in the capital gains tax might be coming. Healthy businesses are selling quickly, so there is still a window of opportunity to sell before any increase takes place.


In addition, it’s a great time to find out what your business might be worth because:

Right now, buyer activity is high, including high net worth individuals, strategic buyers, and private equity groups. It’s a seller’s market!


Businesses are REALLY SELLING – there is an extraordinary amount of pent-up capital waiting for the right business opportunity in which to invest.

Many businesses are SELLING at a PREMIUM – COVID 19 has created a backlog of capital and buyers that is driving demand in most industries.

Right now, you should take the time to see what your company might be worth today. I am with Sunbelt Business Advisors, Minnesota’s largest seller of companies, and can quickly set up a Confidential Business Valuation with no cost or obligation – again, 100% confidential!


You should get all the facts. We’ll do all the homework. You make all the decisions. I know sometimes the more successful you are, the more difficult it is to imagine ever selling your business – even though you could move on to even better things. It’s important to have the facts either way.


Thank you,


Frank Haverkamp

Sunbelt Nebraska