Business Basics: Business Entity

If there is one thing we’ve learned from over a decade and a half of helping small business owners, it’s that every business is different. For new small business owners, it’s important that you choose the business entity that will suit your unique needs. There are four basic entities that you can choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. While there is no “right” choice, depending on what you sell, where you plan to take your company, and how ownership of the company is divided, there will be certain entities that will fit your business model better than others. Business Entity Choice

Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships

Sole proprietorships and partnerships are the simplest type of business entity. They are also the default option. It doesn’t take much to start a sole proprietorship or a partnership either. Just file for a ‘Doing Business As’ name, apply for the right licenses and permits, and open your doors. If the business is run by two or more people, you will also need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and you’ll have to file another form come tax time. But this simplicity comes at a price. Everything the business owes and owns is tied to your personal assets. In other words, you, and your partner if you have one, will be held liable for the business’s debts if it fails. Also, if you do have a partner, you may not be protected if they decide to walk away from the business. So, while running a sole proprietorship or partnership is a lot simpler, it does put an undue amount of risk on the owner(s). To limit your liability, consider forming a corporation or limited liability company.

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Introducing MyBizWiz – Our New Entity Choice Wizard!

MyBizWiz, MyCorp’s new business entity wizard, was created to help answer one of our customers’ most commonly asked questions; ‘What type of business entity should I form?’ There are plenty of different factors that need to be considered before making that final plunge. How many people run the business? What sort business is it? Do you have personal assets you’d like to protect?

Introducing MyBizWiz - Our New Entity Choice Wizard!

In order to help new small business owners navigate the often confusing world of legal business entities, MyCorporation chose to build the new MyBizWiz tool. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions about your business, and our entity-choosing wizard will tell you what type of business entity would suit you best. It also gives you a general description of that entity and runs down the basic benefits behind it.

To get started, just click here and answer a few questions. There are no obligations, and we don’t ask for any personal information – MyBizWiz is here to help you choose the best type of business entity for your company!

We’re happy happy to answer any questions you might have about MyBizWiz -give us a call at 1 (877) 692-6772!

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Starting a Business in 2013 Infographic

Ready to start up your business in 2013? We here at MyCorporation have worked on pulling together a six step guide on how to successfully start up a business. From choosing your company name to selecting your state of incorporation and picking your entity type, we cover all of the basics, ensuring that the start-up process itself is simplified for all entrepreneurs.

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Do Your Taxes Have Bad Breath?

Today, our guest poster Justin Krane offers up a step by step plan on how to stay on top of your taxes and how to avoid putting them off till the last minute. Additionally, you can join Justin and our CEO Deborah for an amazing financial webinar on May 29th at 1PM PST/4PM EST. In this webinar, Justin will teach you how to create high quality goals and the financial strategies to put in place to work towards achieving them. You in? We are! Register by clicking here.

You are trying to back away from them but their stank is just ridic? They have no idea how bad their breath is! Especially when they eat the onion bagel with lox cream cheese! You’ll do anything to avoid their halitosis.

Got me thinking. Do your taxes have bad breath? Your taxes only end up stinking if you put them off till the last minute. It stinks to have no idea how much money you owe the IRS. Give your taxes a breath mint! No more scrambling the last few days before taxes are due. No more tax surprises. No more bad breath.

How you plan your taxes is most likely how you plan your financial life. It’s time to be proactive, not reactive! I want your financial life to be easier for you.
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Guest Post: Three Company Entities Explained

The type of business entity that you choose can impact the taxes you are liable to pay and also your legal protection. This makes it especially important to ensure that the entity you choose is right for your business.

Here we give a balanced snapshot summary of three of the key business entities – Limited Liability Company, sole proprietorship and general partnerships – to help you consider which could be most suitable for your business needs. Continue reading

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C is for C-Corp

For our third installment of the ABC’s for small business, we decided that we liked the letter “C” so much that it had to stay in our word of choice – literally! C-corps are organization structures for businesses that provide non-tax benefits with profits taxed separately from its owners. Beyond just taxing profits separately, c-corps also have the distinction of being separate entities from their owners entirely in both control and management and as such, may go public and raise investment capital, engage in business, and initiate lawsuits.

Last March we did a post on C-Corp 101 and the four considerations to making your business tax efficient, provided below for a quick recap: Continue reading

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Partnership 101

For the last installment in our series on the tax treatment of entity types we’re going to cover the Partnership. If you’ve been keeping up with our posts, this will seem eerily familiar. Why? Because the LLC is typically treated just like a Partnership!

The four considerations we’ve been covering are:

  1. Pass through of gains
  2. Pass through of losses
  3. Transfer of assets to the entity, and
  4. Transfer of assets from the entity

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LLC 101

If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple of Fridays, you know that we’re covering four basic tax tips to consider when forming a new entity. If you missed the first two, read up on the C-Corporation and S-Corporation.

The four considerations we’ve been covering are:

  1. Pass through of gains
  2. Pass through of losses
  3. Transfer of assets to the entity, and
  4. Transfer of assets from the entity Continue reading
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C-Corporation 101

No one will argue with this little piggybank – money plus money is more money. In fact, that’s the best part of paying taxes – It means you’ve made money! But did you know the type of entity you select can affect your taxes?

As we mentioned last Friday, we’re doing a series on four tax considerations that may help you pick the best business type for you and help your business become more tax efficient. The considerations are: Continue reading

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S-Corporation 101: What you need to know

With the tax season upon us, we’d like to help shed some light on tax issues. Every Friday for the next several weeks we will discuss how the following tax considerations apply to different business entities. (Look for the little piggies!)  The considerations are:

  1. 1. Pass through of gains
  2. 2. Pass through of losses
  3. 3. Transfer of assets to the entity, and
  4. 4. Transfer of assets from the entity

This week we’re going to cover the S-corporation.

What is an S-corp?

For starters, an S-corporation starts just like a normal C-corporation. The letters (S & C) are designations from subchapters of the IRS code. Most corporations are C corporations. An S corporation is a corporation that has made a special election to be taxed in a certain way. Because of this special treatment, there are additional rules and restrictions on top of the standard corporate law requirements. Continue reading

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