With Barack Obama set to reverse the Bush tax cuts that critics labelled a handout to the undeserving rich, anyone thinking of selling their business might be considering accelerating the sales process.
From the end of this year capital gains tax is set to jump from 15% to 20%, meaning entrepreneurs selling their business after this point will pay more on any capital gains made on their asset.
Buyers, meanwhile, might anticipate a surge in properties for sale over the next few months as entrepreneurs hurry to dispose of their assets to maximize their return.
Writing on Business Insider, Jay Bhatti argues that "what you might see for the rest of 2012 is a lot of M&A activity driven by startups and venture capitalists wanting to get exits and big tech companies hungry to beat each other out for promising start-ups.
"In short, you have buyers ready to pay a premium and sellers motivated to quickly close transactions over the next six months."
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