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In the event the company is sold, the only thing you can do to seek to reduce your personal capital gains liability is to structure the buyout so that the majority of the money to the shareholders who are employees is paid in the form of severance which would be then taxed at the personal income rate and not the capital gains rate. This is something that has to be negotiated as part of the sale whereby the sales price of the company would be less and closer to what you have paid for the company and the purchase agreement would specify that all of the employee/shareholders would either receive a severance (which would be calculated to make up for their share of what the actual sales price would be) or if they will stay on it would be paid in form of a retention bonus and either way it would then be taxed as personal income and not capital gains.
Legally, transferring your ownership of shares to an offshore LLC owned by an offshore trust is not supposed to excuse you from capital gains on a sale of a company in the US. Thus, the offshore company is still liable to pay the capital gains for any profits from sales made in CA or in the US.
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