When starting a limited liability company or corporation, businesses in most states must provide a written statement of business purpose in their formation documents (articles of incorporation or articles of organization). The business purpose statement describes why, and for what legal purpose, will the LLC or corporation exist. This is not the same as a company's mission or vision statement, which businesses often leverage when seeking financing, attracting customers, and rallying employee morale. In most states’ articles of incorporation and articles of organization, the purpose statement is a brief explanation of what business activities [...]
Texas Comptroller Annual Franchise Tax Reports Requirements If you have a business in the Lone Star state, you may be wondering if you must file a Texas annual franchise tax report and pay a franchise tax. The state’s report filing requirements vary according to the type of business entity, so it’s important to research what obligations your business does (or does not) need to fulfill. Most domestic entities (for example, companies registered as LLCs or corporations in Texas) and foreign entities (companies registered in a different home state but conducting business in Texas) need [...]
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ Juliet (in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare). Such is also the case with a statutory agent. More commonly known as a registered agent, a statutory agent is an individual or entity appointed by a Limited Liability Company, S Corporation, C Corporation, or other legal business entity to accept legal documents, government correspondence, and compliance paperwork on its behalf. Other names for a statutory agent include agent for service of process and resident agent. Statutory agents are critical for keeping statutory (state-registered) business [...]
CorpNet is proud to announce that it has made Inc.’s prestigious “Inc. 5000 Regionals” list in 2021 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the state of California. Out of the 250 companies to receive the honor in the state, CorpNet was named number 213 on the list. Collectively, this year's award honorees demonstrated 137 percent median growth, had $6.7 billion in total revenue, and added 17,666 jobs in the state. Where companies ranked on the list was based on percentage growth of their annual revenue from 2017 to 2019. CorpNet achieved 65 [...]
Business entities that are registered with Georgia's Office of the Secretary of State must file a Georgia annual report each year. The due date for filing Georgia's annual report is April 1st. What is an Annual Report? The correct terminology for an annual report is actually "annual registration." However, many people refer to it as an "annual report" because that's what the annual filing is called in many states. Throughout this article, you'll see that I use both terms to mix things up a little for your reading pleasure! Businesses required to file a [...]
If you have incorporated in Florida or formed an LLC in Florida, your deadline for filing your Annual Report is May 1. Here are 7 facts that you need to know to ensure that your corporation or LLC remains compliant in the state of Florida. You Must File an Annual Report Whether Your Business Has Changes or Not While the purpose of the Annual Report is to ensure that the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations has your company’s most updated information, you still have to file the document, even if you have no changes since last year.
Most everyone could do with a little more cash these days, and a side hustle is a great way to keep your “day job” or core business and still make extra income. But what happens when your side hustle gains traction, and you want to make sure it is legally protected? When does the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) need to know? What about your state’s Secretary of State or Department of Revenue? Here’s what to know to keep your side hustle on the right side of the law. Is Your Side Hustle a Hobby [...]
Whether that name is legally registered with the business’s home state or not, every business has a legal name. A DBA (or “Doing Business As” is a name that is different from the legal name of the company. A DBA is also referred to as the “trade name,” “assumed business name,” or a “fictitious business name.” A DBA lets the public know the true owner of a business. DBA laws are consumer protection laws. They exist, so consumers have full transparency on which companies they are transacting business with. In other words, DBAs prevent [...]
Legislative Update Gives Exemption to New California Limited Liability Companies LLCs registered to do business in California must pay an annual franchise tax of $800 to the state's Franchise Tax Board (FTB). However, to relieve some of the financial pressures amid the pandemic for newly formed businesses, California Governor Gavin Newsome signed legislation in 2020 to exempt startups from paying the LLC franchise tax during their first year in business. This is welcome news for aspiring business owners in the Golden State! The new rules established by the state’s 2020 Budget Act (AB 85) [...]
What is a Partnership? A partnership is a formal legal entity where two or more parties agree to manage and operate a business and share its profits and losses. Like a sole proprietorship, each partner is responsible for the assets and liabilities of the company. However, in a partnership, the parties create a partnership agreement that dictates ownership, responsibilities, and decision-making authority. While there are no specific filing or registration formalities needed to start a partnership, partnerships must comply with the registration, filing, and tax requirements required of any business. How Do I Know [...]
Have you been thinking about whether your business might benefit from being an S Corporation? I presented a webinar for accounting professionals about the S Corp election not too long ago. Within that presentation, I covered information of value to entrepreneurs in all fields. In this article, I will share that insight with you in hopes that it will help you gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be an S Corporation. What Is an S Corporation? The S Corporation is not a business structure in itself. Rather, [...]
IRS Form 2553 (Election by a Small Business Corporation) is the form that a corporation (or other entity eligible to be treated as a corporation) files to be treated as an S corporation for federal tax purposes. The IRS has specific criteria that entities must meet to qualify for S Corporation election. Here’s an overview of their requirements: Must be a domestic corporation or a domestic entity eligible to elect to be treated as a corporation Must timely file Form 2553 Must have no more than 100 shareholders (or LLC members). Shareholders are individuals, [...]
IRS Form 8832 (Entity Classification Election) is the form an eligible business entity uses to elect federal income tax treatment other than its default treatment. Eligible entities include: Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) Partnerships (a business entity that has at least two members and is not a corporation) According to the IRS, a corporation is usually not considered an eligible entity unless: It is an eligible entity that previously submitted Form 8832 to be an association taxable as a corporation. The IRS may then allow it to use Form 8832 to change its classification. It [...]
A corporate resolution is a formal record of a corporation's board of directors' decisions and actions on behalf of the company. States require incorporated companies to use corporate resolutions for recording major business decisions. The company's board of directors must vote to approve resolutions either during board meetings or in writing.