For most new businesses and business owners, keeping it simple is key. After all, launching a new business requires attention to detail and doing many things right. For that reason, most new businesses start out simply as a sole proprietorship or a Limited Liability Company (LLC). As a successful business matures, however, the savvy owner should call time out to consider the S Corporation form of business.
The owners of an active business operating as a S Corporation enjoy a distinct tax advantage over other types of tax entities, particularly sole proprietors, partnerships and LLCs. For the owner of a profitable sole proprietorship, partnership or LLC, the earnings are subject to both income tax and the 15.3% self-employment (SE) tax, which funds Social Security benefits and the Medicare health system. This SE tax is often unanticipated, particularly for new entrepreneurs, and can cause havoc with cash flow at tax time. Read More
If you are considering starting a business, the simplest and least expensive form of business is a sole proprietorship. A sole proprietorship is a one-person business that reports its income directly on the individual’s personal tax return (Form 1040) using a Schedule C. There is no need to file a separate tax return as is required by a partnership or corporation (if the business is set up as an LLC with just one member, filing is still done on Schedule C, although an LLC return may also be required by the state). Generally, there are very few bureaucratic hoops to jump through to get started.
However, we strongly recommend that you open a checking account that is used solely for depositing business income and paying business expenses. You will also need to check and see if there is a need to register for a local government business license and permit Read More
Can You Establish a SEP Plan if you are a Sole Proprietor? What if that Sole Proprietorship Had Historically Passive Income?
Regardless of their nature or topic matter, offbeat questions are one of the spices of life. When it comes to the realm of taxation generally speaking the answers frequently distill down to – it depends.
These two questions were asked of me on my last trip to New York City and I couldn’t restrain a spontaneous sarcastic guffaw as we were in the middle of the Museum of Modern Art attempting to comprehend the Matisse Cut-Out Exhibit and I was day dreaming that my 10 year old daughter may perhaps be an artistic genius. Read More
Someone said, “The 3 C’s of life were: CHOICES, CHANCES and CHANGES. One must make a choice to take a chance or one’s life will never change”. We are faced with choice in every thing we do, and making the right choices requires sound knowledge of the various options available to us.
When choosing an operating entity for a company, it is very important that we thoroughly research the options available. Your business can be a sole proprietorship, a partnership with someone else, a single member LLC, a pass-through entity like an S Corporation or it can be a C corporation. What I will layout in this blog today are the characteristics of an Limited Liability Company and an S Corporation; the pros and cons of choosing each entity type; and converting from one entity to another. Read More