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Friday, March 14, 2008

Don't forget Uncle Sam

After reading Jeff McIntire-Strasburg's recent post titled: "Ecopreneurist: How to Approach a Venture Capital Firm with a Cleantech Business Idea" I was struck by the thought of a company I am working with at the moment in the Green Technology world.

One of our early conversations centered around their financial projections and pro-forma statements in which the company president proudly said "our figures don't include any tax based income or incentives, these are straight numbers." Of course, I wanted to see the non-tax based numbers in an overall evaluation of the business, but one of the things that really makes the green industry potentially above average regarding investment returns is the proliferation of numerous tax and government incentives and our management team was really missing the boat on potential tax strategies that could have a dramatic effect on both capital requirements and overall returns of the business.

Thankfully, we have now begun an analysis of the available tax strategies and we have already uncovered federal benefits that will significantly add to our bottom line.

So the moral of the story is...don't forget Uncle Sam.

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