Business Valuation Services

Marital Disputes - Navigating Divorce and Taxes

A divorce between high net worth individuals with business and financial ties can significantly alter the financial positions and tax situations for everyone involved.

Cendrowski Corporate Advisors focuses on sensitive client needs by providing a comprehensive analysis of the financial aspects of each case, supporting law firms and their clients with business valuations, tax implications, and lifestyle analyses for cases that involve child support and alimony. Our divorce dispute valuation services also include:

  • Income analysis
  • Net worth determinations
  • Advice on economic and tax issues
  • Trial testimony
Client Success: Business and Income Valuation for Divorce Dispute

During a valuation engagement for a divorce case, the opposing spouse and his brother were the majority owners of several fast food operations of a small franchise chain. We were engaged to determine the value of the businesses and the cash flow received by the opposing spouse.

Through discovery, income tax returns with depreciation schedules were obtained along with franchise agreements and depositions of the franchisor and a minority owner. The tax returns reflected a lack of proper accounting procedures spanning over two decades. The gross value of each operation’s property and equipment (depreciable) assets never changed from the original tax return on any franchise operations.

More importantly, the franchise fee per the franchise agreement was a flat 2% of sales. However, the franchise fee paid per the tax return usually exceeded 3% of sales every year. By recomputing income based on a 2% franchise fee, revenue was calculated to be understated by millions of dollars a year, exceeding eight figures over five years. The opposing spouse’s share of the unreported income was a high six figures annually and mid-seven figures over the five years of tax returns. Based on the implied income of the opposing spouse and under-reported taxable income, a substantial settlement was provided to the opposing spouse within ten days.

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Understanding Economic Damages Calculation: Lost Profits vs. Lost Business Value

When a plaintiff seeks compensation from a defendant for economic damages resulting from a breach of contract or other wrongful actions, damage experts need to consider the facts of the case to determine the most appropriate measure of damages. The two most sought damages in these cases are lost profits and lost business value. We […]

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John Alfonsi and 2023 Mid-market Deal Maker Symposium

John Alfonsi Panelist at the 2023 Mid-Market Deal Makers Symposium

Join us in congratulating John Alfonsi on being selected as a Panelist at the 2023 Mid-Market Deal Makers Symposium on January 10th – 13th. This year’s exclusive symposium for Deal Makers members will be held at the luxurious SLS South Beach in Miami, Florida. Deal Makers members are coming together for networking, education, and fun. […]

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GGI World Conference Recap

GGI World Conference Recap

Attending GGI World Conference is just one way we expand our knowledge. We also broaden our access to an extensive network of expertise and contacts through GGI Global Alliance. That opens a world of resources to benefit you. Harry Cendrowski attended Montreal’s GGI World Conference as global chair of the GGI Trust & Estate Planning […]

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