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Closing your business isn’t as simple as shuttering your doors. It’s a complex process to end your tax obligations, reduce your liabilities, and maximize your share. Owner Actions can help. Sign up today for a step-by-step guide, articles, and resources that will simplify the challenges of your business exit.

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Winding down.

Before sharing your plan to close your business with your customers, you should determine how you’ll fulfill your outstanding orders, whether you’ll accept new orders, and the date by which you need to wrap up operations. 

A great many factors will weigh into your decisions, including your contractual obligations (and what happens in the event of non-performance), the amount of time it will take to complete each request, how long your employees will stay on, and whether you have the supplies and inventory you need to fulfill remaining orders.

What should you do about the orders you can’t fulfill? Our guide to winding down operations will help you determine your next steps.

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Dividing what's left.

After selling your remaining assets, collecting your outstanding receivables, repaying your creditors, and covering your final federal, state, and local tax obligations, you may have a pool of proceeds that will need to be distributed before closing your bank accounts. 

How you should you distribute those proceeds? The answer depends on the structure of your business. Learn more in our brief guide to distribution.

Maintaining your records.

By law—or in some cases, best practice—you should store many of your business’s essential documents long after ceasing operations. The primary reason is that they can help you defend against audits and lawsuits, which may occur years after the closure of your business. 

Our guide to recordkeeping after the close of your business can help you determine what you need to keep on hand (and for how long) and what you can safely destroy. 

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