Have you called Cal Garvin?
I highly recommend you call and talk with him. Read the below and then ask Brett for Cal’s cell phone. Cal is a great Deferred Sales Trust™ Client Reference for Robert(Bob) Binkele (Co-Founder of the Deferred Sales Trust™) and Campbell Law (Creator of Deferred Sales Trust™). 12+ year client of Bob and Campbell Law. Make sure to leave a voice mail for Cal and mention my name and Robert Binkele’s name. He is not a client of mine (Brett)…..just Bob, Campbell Law, and another Trustee, however, he a great reference for Robert and Campbell Law regarding IRS scrutiny. Mr. Garvin sold his LPL business. He was a top producer in Southern California. His wife was a top US Treasury Department attorney. See the full story below and reach out to Cal. He is a really easy-going guy and great to talk with and loves to share his story from, “too good to be true” and,”not sure it’s legal,” to 100% legal and all in.
With over 2000+ Deferred Sales Trust™ successful closes over 24+years, we’ve heard a lot of great stories, this one from Cal has inspired many to overcome the Deferred Sales Trust™ sounds too good to be true:
Calvin G.,[Los Angeles, CA]
“After over 35 years in the Financial Services Business and considered an expert, I thought I knew everything, but I learned something new…”
How the Deferred Sales Trust™ (Deferred Sales Trust™) changed the life of Calvin Garvin
I had been in the Financial Services business for well over 35 years. Had a lot of really good clients that wanted to work with me as their advisor because of classes they had taken that I taught at the local colleges and universities in Southern California specializing in Retirement.
Over 50% of my clients were engineers in addition to the many attorneys and business owners. About a third of them owned investment property, mostly apartments. In all cases when I was able to show them that the return on their business or real estate, after expenses, maintenance, insurance, and taxes, could be exceeded by most bank savings accounts, everybody agreed but they couldn’t get over the issue of taxes they would have to pay if they sold their real estate or business. Most of them had a cost basis that was so low, and the taxes in California were so high at selling, they had made the decision to stay with it for the rest of their life. Another humorous but truthful way to look at it was “they had a lifetime job.” Retirement, or enjoying retirement for the business or investment real estate owners, was out of the question or limited at best.
I Agreed With the Masses….
I have to admit, from personal experience, I had to quasi agree with them. At one point in my life, I personally owned 24 apartment rental units. Decided early on it was a lot of work for the return and decided to sell, get out of the business. Yes, I paid a fair share of taxes. Later, now having a very successful business with a cost basis of less than 10%, I found myself in a similar situation that many of my clients did.
There was no way I could ever sell, pay the taxes (in California), they were too high, and maintain the standard of living we wanted. I was getting to the point in an age that I was planning/strategizing in terms of how I could possibly work this business for the rest of my life (yes, I accepted the fact I had a lifetime job). With seven employees, a couple of hundred clients, managing a lot of money, dealing with governmental regulations that were ever-changing, it meant a lot of work. I didn’t see any way I could cut back in my time on the job, EVER. I tried, and there was no way I could get my work hours under 32 hours a week…for the rest of my life.
I had resigned myself to the same fate that most of my clients had. What is interesting is that I was beginning to realize for myself, what I had seen some of my clients experience, even my own father come to the conclusion that maybe it’s not worth it. From experience I found that by the time many people get into their mid 60s in age, their perspective on life changes and they begin to feel differently. My father decided it wasn’t worth the money and began to sell his 250 rental units off, even though he had to pay the taxes because he felt as he moved into the last fourth of his life, his values and paradigm on life had changed. Time with family, children and grandchildren had become more important (thank you Dad). He was down to a 5-plex by age 75, and gave it to one of my brothers just to get rid of it. Most don’t come to that conclusion. They die with their business or investment.
I Thought It Was Too Good To Be True!
A very good friend of mine I had known for years, in Central California, also in the Financial Services business, while talking to him one day, suggested a process I had never heard of. He said, “Cal, I stumbled onto something I heard about called the Deferred Sales Trust™. It is a way of selling a highly appreciated business or investment property/real estate and defer the taxes, both State and Federal.” In California, that was a significant amount of money I would have to pay in taxes. I looked at the information he emailed me and my initial reaction was, “this is too good to be true.” And typically, when you feel that way it usually is. I ran the numbers, knowing what my business was worth, and if I could at least defer the taxes, there was more than enough there for my wife and I to live the rest of our lives in the manner we wanted. If I had to pay the taxes, it meant I had to keep working another ten or fifteen years, at least, before I could sell. I understood the numbers and the business and knew what to expect.
Two Words That Changed My Life….
As much as I do know about tax issues, I wasn’t familiar with this one program (because it was new and relatively unknown, I had never heard of it). But unlike most people, I had an “Ace in the Hole.”
You see, my wife is an attorney and had worked for over 20 years for the US Treasury Department, had done some IRS work, then later she spent 5 years doing consulting working for two of the Big Five Accounting Firms. Knowing she knew who and where to “check it out,” I handed it over to her. Two days later she came back to me handing me the material and said two words that changed my life (and hers), “it’s legit.” That’s all I needed to hear. There was no way my wife was going to allow me to pursue anything that would adversely affect her and the rest of the family too. I double-checked the numbers again, knowing what I would probably get for my business, and started the process.
Working with a Business Broker that specialized in sales of Financial Services business, I was given a value more than I expected and told when they posted the business for sale, I would probably get at least 15 offers within 24 hours. He was wrong, I got 27 offers, some for more than I was asking. I discounted the price because I wanted at least 50% down and the balance within 24 months. In talking to all the potential buyers over the telephone, I narrowed it down to three, then my wife and I went and personally interviewed the final three. We accepted the offer we were most comfortable with, we got what we were asking for. We immediately took a small down payment, signed an agreement, and put the business sale into escrow.
Much to my surprise, this is where it actually got VERY easy. We turned it over to the people that work the Deferred Sales Trust™, they said they would take it from there, coordinating the details between the Business Broker/seller, escrow agent, and the buyer, to make it happen in order to defer the taxes on completion of the sale/transaction. And they did, we didn’t have to do much after that other than answer a few questions along the way. Had the sale all wrapped up within 30 days, I no longer owned the business (HOORAY!!). I did a physical onsite 30-day transfer after the sale, connecting my clients to the new owners, and 97% of the clients transferred over just fine. The new owners were extremely happy and so were my wife and me. I no longer had to work a 50 to 60 hour work week the rest of my life (32 hours was in reality a dream).
That was over four years ago as of this writing and I haven’t changed my mind. I have all the money I asked for, didn’t have to pay all the taxes (deferred), creating a cash flow that allows me and my wife to maintain a standard of living and live a life that previously I only dreamed about. And the new owners are still extremely happy with what they bought (we do talk to each other once in a while).
– Cal Garvin