The Launch Blog: Expert Advice from the CorpNet Team

The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Subchapter S Corporation

Before the advent of the S Corporation in 1958, entrepreneurs had two options for forming a business entity. They could form a partnership or form a C Corporation. But neither of those business structures fulfilled the needs of many people seeking to start their own businesses. To help encourage small businesses in America, Congress and President Eisenhower created the Subchapter S Corporation. You may be thinking, “That’s really interesting, Nellie, but unless I’m attending a business trivia night anytime soon, why should I care?” Hang in there—we're getting to that! Whether you're a business [...]

February 17th, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

5 Things to Know About the 2020 S Corporation Election Deadline

The New Year (a.k.a. 2020) is moving along swiftly. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has passed, the Grammy’s have come and gone, and many a person has already given up on their well-intended New Year’s resolutions. Fortunately, if requesting S Corporation tax treatment for your business in 2020 is on your list of resolutions, there’s still time to make it happen. Why Consider S Corporation Election? S Corp election is a tax treatment option available to eligible limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations (C Corporations). Entrepreneurs should discuss with their attorney and accountant or [...]

February 17th, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

How to Start a Vending Machine Business

The vending machine industry is one that has evolved and steadily grown since 2012. As consumers' lives get busier and people seek convenience and time-saving options while on the go, vending machine operators have many opportunities. Have you been thinking about how to start a vending machine business? In this article, we'll talk about: What the industry looks like for entrepreneurs Advantages of operating a vending machine company Ways to get into the vending machine industry 13 steps to get you started off right Vending Machine Business Outlook According to the Automatic Merchandiser State [...]

February 5th, 2020|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Does Your Business Need a Sales Tax License?

Does your business need to collect sales tax and remit it to the state or local tax authority? And if it does, how do you go about getting a sales tax license? Moreover, what if your business is selling your products across state lines? Do you need to charge and remit sales tax in those states, too? These are all valid and important questions! We're going to delve into them in this article to give you some helpful food for thought as you research what requirements apply to your business. Please keep in mind [...]

January 24th, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

16 Considerations When Choosing a Business Filings and Compliance Provider

Entrepreneurs cannot succeed in business completely on their own. Yes, they leverage their talent, expertise, and skills. But they also recognize when to delegate tasks and responsibilities to others with the knowledge and proficiencies they lack. For example, not very many business owners know all the ins and outs involved preparing and submitting the paperwork involved in setting up a business entity and keeping it compliant. Rather than trudge through the process and hope for the best, it's wise for business owners to enlist the help of a business filings and compliance service fulfillment [...]

January 20th, 2020|Categories: Startup and Launch|

What California’s AB 5 Means for the Gig Economy

In 2020, the hot topic is California’s Assembly Bill 5, often called the “Gig Economy Bill.” This is because AB 5 makes it difficult to be an independent contractor in California. Before we examine AB 5 in detail, let’s understand why California legislators passed the bill in their own words: THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following: (a) On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los [...]

January 15th, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Tax Savings Features of Corporations, S Corps and LLCs Under TCJA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), made tax law changes that affected every business. Deductions, depreciation, tax credits, and corporate tax rates will make filing taxes different for you and your clients this year. Generally speaking, most of your business clients will do well under the TCJA, but there are a few tax breaks that have been lowered or eliminated. Here’s what you need to know. Changes for Corporations Corporations will feel the biggest impact from TCJA, primarily in a positive way. Pre-TCJA, corporate tax rates were similar to individual tax rates, in [...]

January 13th, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Remaining Independent Under California’s New AB5 Law

Whether you work as an independent contractor or your business hires independent contractors, California’s new AB5 law, which went into effect January 1, 2020, forces your hand on becoming an employer or an employee depending on how you conduct your business. The Existing Employee vs. Contractor Designation Up to now, you’ve probably made sure you’re adhering to the IRS classification rules for independent contractors, which are as follows: Behavioral Control: A worker is an employee when the business has the right to direct and control the work performed by the worker, such as when [...]

January 10th, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Help Your Clients Decide if it’s Time to Incorporate or Form an LLC

Among all the decisions and actions a small business may need to take, one of the more important is deciding whether to incorporate or form an LLC. January is the most logical start date for a new LLC or corporation since it eases the paperwork burden. Your clients can start fresh in the new year with their new legal structure and don’t have to worry about reporting taxes as two different entities for the tax year. At this time of year, sole proprietors and general partnerships may be wondering if it’s time to create [...]

January 9th, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Can You Change an LLC Name?

The decision to change an LLC name is one not to consider lightly. After all, your business name is one of your most important brand assets. But sometimes, a name change is in order for one of many reasons. Perhaps there was a mistake in your formation paperwork, so you need to correct the name. Or perhaps the name was fine in the past, but now it's not because it includes the name of a business partner who just retired. Or maybe your business has expanded into other products or services, and the name [...]

January 8th, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

10 Small Business Resolutions for 2020

The start of a new year provides the perfect opportunity for business owners to set new goals and find unique ways to improve their operations. There are plenty of different options for your 2020 resolutions, from shoring up your finances to organizing your online presence. Here are some suggestions and tips from members of the online small business community. Grow Your Savings with Money New Mindset If one of your resolutions for 2020 is to save more money for your business, you may need to shift your mindset. So how can you look at [...]

January 7th, 2020|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

Is it Time to Revisit C Corporations for Your Small Business Clients?

For more than a decade, I (and probably you too) have typically advised small businesses to opt for a Limited Liability Company over a C corporation due to its ease of administration and tax advantages. However, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act now creates the opportunity for big tax savings for C corporations and should make us rethink our general guidance. We’ve got a full tax season under our belts since the Tax Cuts and Job Act was enacted. It’s a good time to take a fresh look at corporate structures and consider [...]

January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Why a Business Plan is Important for Your Startup

I think it’s safe to say that nearly all business experts agree that all entrepreneurs can benefit from having a business plan. Why is a business plan important for your startup? According to a study by Palo Alto Software, entrepreneurs who have a business plan are about twice as likely to successfully grow their business, attract investors, and get loans than those who did not have one. What is it about a business plan that makes it such an essential ingredient for success? Let’s take a closer look! 12 Reasons Why a Business Plan [...]

January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

The Consequences of Noncompliance in Business

"Business compliance" is a phrase that makes many an entrepreneur cringe. But despite the lack of affection for those two words, business owners MUST take them seriously. The possible consequences for noncompliance range from “mild inconvenience” to “devastating disaster.” Most critical is that noncompliance by Limited Liability Companies and Corporations can lead to “piercing the corporate veil,” which puts business owners’ personal assets at risk. (More on that later!) Before I get into the penalties for noncompliance, let’s first take a moment to discuss what it is exactly. What is Noncompliance in Business? Nearly [...]

December 26th, 2019|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

How to Start a Dropshipping Business

Statistics indicate that a third or more of e-commerce brands use dropshipping as a way to provide products to customers. If you've been thinking about starting an online store but don't want to deal with the costs and hassle of maintaining inventory, you may find the dropshipping business model a viable approach. Ready to learn more about dropshipping as a way to fulfill customer orders? Let’s talk about what it is, some points to consider about the business model, and how to start a dropshipping business. What is Dropshipping? Dropshipping is an order fulfillment [...]

December 18th, 2019|Categories: Startup and Launch|