Tax Tip of the Day: Choosing the Type of Legal Entity for Your New Business

Choosing the type of legal entity for your new business can have tax implications.

Sole proprietorships. By far the simplest and least expensive business form to set up, a sole proprietorship can be maintained with few formalities. However, this type of entity offers no personal liability protection and doesn’t allow you to take advantage of many of the tax benefits that are available to corporate employees.

Partnerships. Similar to a sole proprietorship, a partnership is owned and operated by more than one person. A partnership can resolve the personal liability issue to a certain extent by operating as a limited partnership, but partners whose liability is limited cannot be involved in actively managing the business.

S Corporations. This type of legal entity is somewhat of a hybrid between a partnership and a C corporation. Owners of an S corporation have the same liability protection that is available from a C corporation but business income and expenses are passed through to the owner’s (as with a partnership).

C Corporations. Although they do not have the shareholder restrictions that apply to S corporations, the biggest disadvantage of a C corporation is double taxation. Double taxation means that the profits are subject to income tax at the corporate level, and are also taxed to the shareholders when distributed as dividends.

Limited Liability Company. A relatively new form of legal entity, a limited liability company can be set up to be taxed as a partnership, avoiding the corporate income tax, while limiting the personal liability of the managing members to their investment in the company.

Limited Liability Partnership. An LLP is similar to an LLC, except that an LLP does not offer all of the liability limitations that are available in an LLC structure. Generally, partners are liable for their own actions; however, individual partners are not completely liable for the actions of other partners.

There are more detailed differences. Please contact our office for more information on this subject and how it pertains to your specific tax or financial situation.

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