Business Purchase Review Checklist

Due diligence is the process of verifying the information about the business, as provided by the seller, is correct and accurate. Due diligence is, in almost all sales, a condition of the buyer’s offer. The business conditions must meet the buyer’s expectations before the deal is finally closed. If there are any problems uncovered, this is the time they must be addressed. A due diligence checklist should cover several aspects of the prospective business, including financial documents, legal issues, operations, employee relations, as well as all assets, products and customer data. This document contains a comprehensive checklist of the important issues that need to be considered when evaluating the purchase of a business, including personal factors, choice of structure, funding requirements, physical and industry requirements, marketing, staff, insurance, recordkeeping, and income tax & GST registrations.

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