Form a Company

Q.:  What kind of financial reports are minimally required of an LLC, and how often should they be made available to the partners?   A.:  Minimally, LLCs are required to file annual tax returns for their company financial reports and the members (owners) of an LLC would receive a copy of Form K-1, which is […]

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Q.:  What document do I need to change who the sole member of an LLC is? A.:  The sole owner of an LLC owns 100% of the membership interests of that LLC.  What you require is called an assignment, which is a document that transfers the membership interests (company ownership) to you and states the […]

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Yes, they’re cumbersome, but don’t ignore the corporate formalities if you don’t want creditors poking into your personal assets. Congratulations! You’ve taken the important step of protecting your personal assets by forming a corporation or limited liability company. But just as giving birth is only the beginning of your responsibilities of caring for a baby, […]

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Yes, legalese is its own language. Like the Latin spoken at the Vatican, it’s truly understood only by a few. So for the rest of us, here’s a handy definition of a term relevant to all business owners (whether a corporation or an LLC): “piercing the corporate veil“ It’s considered a privilege to be able […]

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Workshak’s post on limited liability partnerships (which pulls from Taxgirl’s post on ProBlogger) is right about one thing:  that limited liability partnerships (LLPs) are pass-through entities. What the post doesn’t address is that the LLP statutes in many states make the form less-than-ideal for many multiple-owner businesses.  For example, in some states, LLPs can be […]

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Lest my previous post be construed as just a plug to pay lawyer fees for no reason, here’s the primary reason that kind of corporate housekeeping is so important: You risk exposing your personal assets to creditors if you don’t do them. What? Wasn’t protecting your personal assets the whole point of forming an LLC […]

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Why bother? Yes, some companies can cover many of their potential business risks with insurance. But in my opinion, if you intend to go into business, you should intend to form a separate entity. Create a plan and a budget that encompasses those costs. The risks to your personal assets and to your business growth […]

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Ready to chase your dreams of being an entrepreneur? Yes, I mean you. Why not you? Listen in to this lively and informative interview of Robert Tuchman, author of YOUNG GUNS: The Fearless Entrepreneur’s Guide to Chasing Your Dreams and Breaking Out on Your Own. Robert talks about why the theme of “why not you?” […]

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Happy New Year. With the new year comes the sweeping out of the old, which is where your corporate housekeeping comes into play. Many entrepreneurs think their legal work is done once they’ve incorporated or formed a limited liability company. Not so. Most states’ statutes require you to compile a written record of your major […]

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“Life is trouble; only death is not,” comments Zorba the Greek in the novel by Nikos Katzanzakis. I’ve heard many a business owner brag about the lack of complication that their sole proprietor status affords them. No messy ownership agreements, no separate filings or taxes, complete freedom and flexibility to do what you want when […]

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