B Corp vs. Benefit Corporation: Similar Names, Different Duties

With all this “B Corp” buzz in the air, it’s time to get one thing straight: the Benefit Corporation and the “B Corp” are not created equal. The terms are often used interchangeably, and it’s not necessarily wrong to say “B Corporation” or “B Corp” to informally describe a Benefit Corporation either.  People understandably confuse the two, since both similarly aspire to cement a social or environmental purpose in a company’s mission and corporate governance structure.

But there is still a key difference between the pair: the benefit corporation is a legal entity recognized under a state’s corporate laws, while the “B Corporation” (or B Corp) is a certification conferred upon a company by a certifying organization.  A company can be a B Corp without being a Benefit Corporation – and vice versa – but it’s important to know that while these two sound similar enough at first glance, they actually function fairly differently from one another.

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How are C-Corporations Taxed?

By Greg Lindberg, 1800Accountant.com Writer

Do you have plans to launch a brand new small business? Are you ready to take the dive toward a profitable and rewarding future? If you intend to become a newly crowned business owner, it is vital to ensure you know what types of business structure options exist so that you choose the one that is most appropriate for you. This includes understanding how each type of business entity is taxed. One option is to go with a C corporation, which is considered the most traditional type of business structure.

When it comes to filing federal taxes, the IRS treats C corporations as separate business entities. A C corporation can be created when there is an exchange of money or property among prospective shareholders who make up a business. This is done for the capital stock of the business. The advantage of a C corporation is that it typically can claim more tax deductions than the ones available to sole proprietorships or partnerships when calculating their amounts of taxable income. Tax deductions can lead to big savings, helping small business owners hold on to more of the income their companies bring in.

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50 States of Incorporation: Colorado

From Pikes Peak to Rocky Mountain National Park, coming to Colorado means getting a little bit of every kind of landscape under the sun from the aforementioned mountain areas to forests, deserts, canyons, mesas, and high plains. It also means meeting and greeting with an abundance of entrepreneurs starting up their own small businesses! Former technology and aerospace firm employees have branched out to Colorado to start up their own IT, manufacturing, and home-based consulting companies, as mentioned on CNNMoney with the 2011 numbers ranking in 420 new businesses per 100,000 adults.

What brings entrepreneurs in? Outside of the fact that there’s plenty to do and see and sites to ski on, starting up a business in Colorado means a lower cost of living all around, affordable worker’s compensation rates, and state-funded training programs made available. Before you decide to form an LLC or corporation in Colorado, however, keep the following advantages and rules in mind:

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Business Basics: A Closer Look at Registered Agent Services

If you’ve been following our Business Basics series, you’ll know we’ve already covered registered agents, and briefly explained what it is they actually do. However, people still had questions about registered agents, as well as the benefits and pitfalls with choosing a third-party service like registered-agent.com. So we decided to re-visit the topic and dedicate a post to answering some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received. Also, if you haven’t read it already, we recommend first reading our last post on registered agents as it answers the more basic questions.

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50 States of Incorporation: Arizona

Nicknamed The Grand Canyon State and infamous for its deserts and national parks, our state of the week in our 50 States of Incorporation series is Arizona. The 48th state to be admitted into the Union with Phoenix as the state capital, Arizona is also the 15th most populous of the 50 states. Companies including US Airways, PetSmart, and Cold Stone Creamery call Arizona home for their headquarters, but as revealed on CNNMoney Arizona also ranks as the most entrepreneurial state in the country, with tech, software, retail and tourism start-ups sprouting up all over the state.

With so many companies staking ground there, what’s the allure of starting a business in Arizona?  While forming an incorporation isn’t without its requirements, with the most distinctive one being that all Arizona LLC’s must have a registered agent service, some of the benefits of creating an LLC in Arizona include the following:
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Y is for… Yikes, I forgot to Incorporate!

All new entrepreneurs have the choice of incorporating or not. By not incorporating, you’ll get out of some hefty paperwork, though you’ll be missing out on some great benefits that come along with incorporating your business. If you are a small business owner and you haven’t gotten around to incorporating yet, here’s what you’re subjecting your business to:

A lack of trust from customers.

Your customers want to know they are giving their business to a legitimate, professional establishment. Having an Inc. or LLC at the end of your business’s name helps make your customers feel comfortable with you. Without it, you may receive some skepticism.
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Throwback Thursday: A Look at MyCorp’s Early Website Designs!

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MyCorporation is now into its fifteenth year of business – 15 wonderful years of helping entrepreneurs to create their own small business and get it started on the right foot! We were one of the first, online document filing services, and the … Continue reading

S is for S-Corporation

For this week’s post we will get to know one the incorporation options a bit better and learn what it has to offer a new entrepreneur: the S-Corporation!

First off, what is an S-Corporation?

Well, an S-Corporation (also known as the S-Corp) is a special type of corporation that draws its designation from subsection S of the tax code. To start an S-Corp, a small business owner starts a C-Corporation in the state where it is headquartered, then files for S-corporation status with the IRS. While an-S Corporation is similar to a C-Corporation, it has different income and self-employment tax regulations.
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Business Basics: Initial and Annual Reports/Statements of Information

Welcome to our weekly Business Basics post! In case you missed last week’s entry to the series, we are dedicating every Tuesday to helping explain the facets and aspects of starting and running a business that typically get overlooked.

Initial and annual reports (also known in some states as Statements of Information), while not particularly glamorous, keep your business in good standing. Plus if you misfile them, or file them late, your corporation or LLC could be slammed with fees, or even dissolution. Two things that you clearly want to avoid. But what are these reports, and what are they supposed to say?
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