The Launch Blog: Expert Advice from the CorpNet Team

LLC’s: Best Biz Structure to ‘House’ Multiple Properties

With any property, there are inherent liabilities — from a broken balcony railing to old electrical wiring or mold. The LLC forms a wall that shields individual owners from personal liability. If sued by a tenant or guest, the defendant is the LLC, not you. And the judgment can be collected only from the LLC's assets, and not from your own personal assets.

November 30th, 2021|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Is an LLC a Corporation?

Many entrepreneurs wonder if an LLC is a corporation. An LLC is not the same thing as a corporation, but it's easy to get the two business entity types confused. In this article, I’ll explain the difference and highlight some of the advantages these structures have over unregistered entities. Limited Liability Companies and corporations are both types of statutory (state-registered) entities. To create them, business owners must file formation paperwork with the state and pay a registration fee. There may be other tasks as well that state law requires to legally form an LLC [...]

November 15th, 2021|Categories: Startup and Launch|

How to Formally Close Your Sole Proprietorship or Partnership

Deciding to close a business that you’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into can be an emotional experience. That’s especially true of entrepreneurs who have operated as sole proprietorships or partnerships. Essentially, they become “one” with their companies, making saying “goodbye” bittersweet even when the time is right for closing. Fortunately, the overall process for closing a sole proprietorship or partnership is relatively uncomplicated (compared to dissolving a corporation or limited liability company). That’s helpful for sure, particularly if you’re aiming to finalize your business by the end of this year. Since the [...]

November 8th, 2021|Categories: Maturity and Exit|

How to Retire When You Own Your Own Business

How many small business owners think about retirement when starting their businesses? Not many, which is understandable since all efforts are generally focused on growing the business, not leaving the company. However, at some point, all entrepreneurs want to know how do you retire when you own your own business? The answer depends on what the business owner wants from the business, whether other people are involved, state regulations, and how the company is structured. Let’s break it down. Retiring Strategies Small business owner retirement strategies may include: Selling the company to a buyer [...]

November 4th, 2021|Categories: Maturity and Exit|

C Corporation vs. S Corporation

If you have your sights set on incorporating your business, you may be wondering if a C Corporation or S Corporation is the better option. While both are popular choices, nuances exist that may make one or the other more advantageous for your situation. The business structure you choose will affect your company in many ways, including the legal and financial aspects. That’s why it’s critical to do some research and ask for guidance from an attorney and accountant or tax professional when deciding. In this article, I’ll compare the C Corp vs. the S [...]

November 1st, 2021|Categories: Startup and Launch|

12 Steps for Closing an LLC Before Year End

If you’re thinking of closing your LLC before the year ends, you may be feeling overwhelmed. And you are probably wondering what you must do to exit the business without leaving any loose ends behind. Indeed, there is more to shutting down a business than merely ceasing to sell products and services. The exact actions a limited liability company’s members must take depend on where the business is registered, whether it has employees on its payroll, and other factors.  It can be tricky to determine all the requirements, so LLC owners (a.k.a. members) should [...]

October 19th, 2021|Categories: Maturity and Exit|

Get Your Office Into the Holiday Spirit

I love the holidays. Celebrating with family and friends is very important to me and my husband, Phil. And we strongly believe in sharing that holiday spirit with our employees and contractors. Unfortunately, last year, like many of you, we couldn’t celebrate in person, but we still made sure our employees knew they were appreciated and valued. This year, we’re back to hosting a holiday party. Our company has employees and freelancers located all over the country, and we’re going to bring them here to Westlake Village to get to know one another and [...]

October 19th, 2021|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

How to File Taxes as a Limited Liability Partnership

As a startup with more than one business owner, you have your choice on how you want to legally structure your company. The decision isn’t to be taken lightly since a business’s structure affects how you organize your company, registration requirements, compliance maintenance, how you distribute income, and how you file your partnership taxes. Businesses with more than one owner can structure as a partnership, limited liability company (LLC), corporation, and another legal entity called a limited liability partnership or LLP. In today's post, we'll review what an LLP is, how limited liability partnerships [...]

October 18th, 2021|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

S Corporation vs. LLC

Limited liability companies (LLCs) and S Corporations are business structures that provide liability protection for business owners and allow for pass-through tax treatment. While they have those things (and some others) in common, they differ in several ways, too. If you’re starting a business or considering changing a sole proprietorship or general partnership to an S Corporation or LLC, it’s critical to understand the similarities and differences. Every business and business owner’s needs are unique in some respects, so I encourage entrepreneurs to do research on their own and enlist the expertise of an [...]

October 14th, 2021|Categories: Startup and Launch|

What You Need to Know About the Qualified Business Income Deduction

Tax considerations are a significant factor in how entrepreneurs structure their businesses. The qualified business income deduction (or QBI tax deduction) is an important tax deduction that allows eligible businesses to deduct up to 20% of their qualified business income from their taxes. As a provision of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the QBI deduction was intended to help business owners of companies with pass-through tax elections lower their taxable income and receive additional tax benefits. In today's post, we'll cover all the essential details you need to know about the [...]

October 7th, 2021|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

What You Need to Know About Work From Home Tax Deductions

According to Global Workplace Analytics, 25-30% of the workforce will be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021. Already a trend before the pandemic, remote working became the “new normal” for businesses of all sizes struggling to stay afloat during safer-at-home directives. Today, both employers and employees have found the positives that remote working offers. However, only employers can claim work from home tax deductions on their income taxes. Let's review who can claim work from home tax deductions, what expenses qualify, and how you should calculation those deductions. [...]

October 6th, 2021|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

12 Steps for Closing a Corporation by Year End

As difficult it may be to make the decision to close a business, things can become even more challenging if a business’s owners don’t tie up all the loose ends. If you’re thinking of closing your corporation by year-end, realize that there’s more to the process than halting the sale of products and services. Merely stopping business activities doesn’t officially close a company, there are steps that must be taken to legally end the business entity’s existence. The exact actions a corporation’s owners must take will depend on where the business is located, whether [...]

October 6th, 2021|Categories: Maturity and Exit|

Filing Annual Meeting Minutes Before Year End

Depending on a business’s entity type and the state it’s registered in, its owners may be required to hold annual meetings and record minutes from those meetings. But how do you know if that requirement applies to your company? In this article, I'm going to explain what annual meetings and annual meeting minutes are to help you get on the path to determining if you must fulfill those important business compliance tasks. If you're a professional services provider that coaches or gives direction to business owners, this information may be helpful to your clients, [...]

September 28th, 2021|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Business Closures, Dissolutions, and Withdrawals

It has been a rough few years for businesses across the country, but especially so for small businesses. According to Yelp data, an estimated 60% of business closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are permanent. Companies of all sizes have had to close some or many of their locations. Whether you’ve had to close down entirely or shutter locations in other states, it’s crucial you legally close your business so there are no repercussions down the road. In many cases, this means you need to take action before we close out the 2021 calendar [...]

September 28th, 2021|Categories: Maturity and Exit|
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