> You need at least an attorney and a CPA to help you evaluate the> business in their different areas of expertise. If you want a> financial planner to help with investment questions, those> questions aren't going to be answered by the attorney or the CPA.Fair enough. My research seems to be telling me the same thing. Thanks.> First question I'd have - if the business really is expected to> continue to throw off the kind of income that it is currently> generating, why does he want to sell?As I first started researching businesses for sale (online), I shared your concern, but this appears to be standard pricing for small business sales - the asking price is usually 2 to 4 times the net profit.In this case, as I said, it's a friend I'd be buying out, so there's less risk in that I know why he's selling (when it's a stranger, you have to take a leap of faith that they are really selling for the stated reasons).> Have you seen the tax returns to confirm it's actually producing> that much income?Yes, of course. As to whether or not it will continue, well, that's the risk part, akin to the risk of investing...> If the business income flows through to your individual return,> are you counting the self-employment tax as part of your taxation?It's a LLC so it's all about my own taxes. I was using 33% based on having owned my own business in the past and seeing that overall, the IRS was taking approximately 33% of my income. So I wasn't breaking it down and instead using an approximate overall percentage of my income. Maybe I should run through an actual scenario on a 1040 or ask a CPA to run the exact numbers.