If you’re first starting to think about starting a business, there are a variety of issues that can be difficult to understand. Fortunately, the experienced legal team at Eskander Loshak LLP is here to provide the assistance you need every step of the way. Here are some tax entity structures you should consider when forming a business:
Common Business Structures
Sole proprietorships, where one person forms an organization and retains complete control, is by far the most common type of business structure. A sole proprietorship is straightforward and easy to form. When you are conducting business activities, but fail to register any other form of business, you are automatically considered to be operating a sole proprietorship.
If you are considering forming a sole proprietorship, it is critical to understand that these entities do not produce a business entity separate from your personal assets. This means that the person establishing a sole proprietorship business entity can be held personally liable for the obligations and debts of the business. Sole proprietorships may also struggle to raise capital, as many lenders may be wary of lending, given the risks associated with this type of business entity.
Partnerships involve two or more individuals coming together and forming a business entity, with the understanding that they will share in both the profits and the losses of the business. Partnerships are advantageous for businesses, as they allow the partnership to avoid the tax burden of profits or losses, as they are “passed through,” meaning the partners are able to report them on their own income tax returns. The primary disadvantage of partnerships is that, like with sole proprietorships, both partners are usually liable for the losses and financial obligations of the business.
A corporation is another common business structure. When created, the corporation becomes an entity which is separate from both those who founded it and those who handle it’s day-to-day responsibilities. In essence, a corporation becomes legally similar to an individual. Therefore, just like a person, a corporation is taxed and held liable for its actions.
The primary advantage of forming a corporation is the ability to avoid personal liability for the actions or obligations of the entity. Conversely, the major disadvantage of a corporation is the need for meticulous record-keeping for taxation and liability purposes.
Limited Liability Corporation
Limited Liability Companies (LLC) are a popular form of business entity as it affords owners the benefits of both a partnership and a corporation. LLCs are a great choice for a business structure, as they allow profits and losses to be passed through to the owners without taxation of the entity, while also providing the owners a measure of protection form the liabilities and obligations of the entity.
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