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Entrepreneurs and startups have recently become very unclear about how to start an Amazon business because the responsibility of online sellers to collect and remit sales tax has been an issue under debate for quite some time. Entrepreneurs who have brick-and-mortar stores in jurisdictions that have enacted sales tax clearly must add state (and sometimes local) sales tax to customer’s bills when selling taxable goods. And then send they must send those funds to the proper tax authorities. But what if you sell your products online to customers in other states? The rules haven’t been completely clear in [...]
Knowing your how to start a business checklist for a home based business may sound simple to most people. With no need to rent or buy office space and worry about setting up workstations for employees, how tough can it be, right? Well, although setting up shop at home offers some degree of simplicity, business owners who work out of their homes still face some of the same legal considerations companies with dedicated places of business do on how to start a business from home. If you’re contemplating about launching a business and how to start a business [...]
Some aspects of starting a nonprofit are similar to starting a for-profit business, but nuances exist. How to Incorporate a Nonprofit Organization can be confusing and complicated and it can be helpful to have a checklist of what you should address to incorporate a business as a Nonprofit Organization. Before I go any further, let's first chat about what being a nonprofit business means. The information that I'm about to provide you in this article on How to Incorporate a Nonprofit Organization is not intended as legal, tax, or financial advice. It's for general knowledge purposes to give [...]
Should you incorporate year end or next year? It may depend on the state where a business is located and if the option of a delay effective date exists.
Do You Need to an MLM LLC for Your Network Marketing Business? MLM entrepreneurs are considered independent contractors. By default, they’re sole proprietors, but forming a legal business entity offers potential liability protection and tax benefits. Also sometimes called “network marketing” companies, MLMs offer income opportunities to folks who want to set their own schedule and work at their own pace—without having to build a business from the ground up. Many people who want the flexibility of being their own boss have chosen careers in working as agents for multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, so I regularly field questions [...]
If you’re the sole owner of a business, you may have pondered the question: “Should I operate as a sole proprietor or a single member LLC?” Decisions, decisions! So what else is new when running a business, right? There are always choices to make—and deciding which business entity type will be right for your company is one not to be made lightly. The type of business structure you choose will have legal and financial implications. It will also affect the time you spend on efforts to keep your business compliant with whatever rules must be followed for the [...]
What Is the “Corporate Veil”? When a company is formed as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or corporation, it is regarded as its own legal entity. Therefore, the business—rather than its owners—is held accountable for its debts and legal responsibilities. “Corporate veil” (also called a “corporate shield”) is a business term that refers to the legal distinction between an LLC or corporation and its owner(s). It is the legal separation established by keeping a company’s activities, assets. and liabilities independent from those of the business owner(s). Is it Necessary? The corporate veil, when kept intact, helps protect a [...]
You’ve likely seen them on busy city streets or at the town fair. They’re also popular sitting outside breweries and concert venues. Schools often hire them for fundraising events. We’re talking food trucks, of course. According to Food Truck Nation, food trucks brought in an estimated $2.7 billion in revenue in 2017, and this industry is not done growing. The road to success with a food truck business is one paved with growth and opportunity, as long as you know (and follow) the rules of the road. Whether you’re adding a food truck to your existing brick-and-mortar restaurant [...]
Uber drivers, even those doing rideshare driving as a side-gig, are considered to be earning income through self-employment. Just like other self-employed independent contractors, they face some critical startup decisions—including what business entity type to choose for their business. Should Uber Drivers Form an LLC? After signing the Uber contract to designate themselves as a self-employed private contractor, Uber drivers face the decision of what type of business structure they should operate under. They shouldn’t take this lightly, because the business structure chosen will affect their tax obligations and degree of personal liability. When Uber drivers don’t establish [...]
Before forming an LLC, many entrepreneurs ask about the standard LLC tax rate to see if this form of entity is a solid option for their new business. This is an excellent question and one that can be best answered by exploring what an LLC is and how it is taxed. The LLC (limited liability company) business entity type is one of the most popular selected by small business owners. It shields the owner’s personal assets from the liabilities of the business and may result in some tax savings to boot. The LLC is an entity formed according [...]
Why You Might Need to Process a Fictitious Name Registration As a small business owner, it’s important to able to pivot quickly if the marketplace isn’t buying what you sell. That was a lesson I learned immediately after I started my business in 2008. Initially, our business planned to connect small and midsized business owners with companies that wanted to market to them. But did I mention it was 2008? As the economy crashed, big companies cut their budgets and the costly services we’d planned to sell were a no go. We had to start over, including using fictitious [...]
What is an LLC Statement of Information? No matter which state your Limited Liability Company is located in, you will need to file documentation with the Secretary of State to establish your company and keep it legally compliant. A Statement of Information is one of the standard reporting requirements that many LLCs across the United States must adhere to. A state may require a Statement of Information as an "Initial Report," due shortly after registering a business. Moreover, many states mandate LLCs to submit a Statement of Information (also sometimes called an "Annual Report") each year, every other [...]
Choosing the appropriate form of business for your company is complicated—and if you are an attorney, physician, accountant, architect or other licensed professional, there are some extra factors to consider. As a professional, you may want to opt for the liability protection and flexibility that a limited liability company (LLC) offers, as opposed to forming a corporation or partnership. But in many states, professionals whose jobs require licensing by the state aren’t legally allowed to form an LLC. Instead, they must form a professional limited liability company (PLLC). In this article, we’ll look at the difference between an [...]
How much do you value your accountant? If you answered “plenty!” then you’re in good company. According to a survey* by Wasp Barcode Technologies, small business owners ranked accountants as the most important professional to their businesses. Not surprisingly, when asked how familiar the business owners are with accounting functions, most answered in the middle range. Most business owners would never attempt to file their business taxes without the help of an expert accountant, so why wouldn’t you turn to your accountant for help with business formation, too? Most business owners hire an accountant for taxes and accounts [...]
This weekend there was a question posted on Facebook asking this very question. Can accounting professionals, like CPAs or staff accountants, help their clients file LLC formation documents? Is this considered "practicing law" or is it part of a firm's standard accounting services? Here is the Original Question Here is an answer from a group member: This woman hits the answer spot-on. Since this is such a great question, I believe it deserves exposure outside of Facebook so I wanted to cover it on our blog as well. Here was my answer inside of the Facebook [...]
Creating a budget as a freelancer shouldn’t be any harder than it is for any other small business. And yet, the rollercoaster ride of finding and keeping clients, collecting invoices, marketing your business and juggling all of this yourself can create major budgeting headaches. Income predictability is a challenge unique to freelancers, according to a recent survey by Upwork and Freelancers Union. Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can take better learn how to budget as a freelancer. Step 1: Keep Business and Personal Finances Separate Even if you used personal assets to start your freelance business, [...]
Incorporating is one of our favorite services, not only for the tax savings it provides those who are self-employed, but also for the asset protection it offers those with passive real estate investments or one-off productions in the entertainment industry. Before we dive into the benefits of an S-Corporation, let’s first understand each type of business entity: S-Corporation: Entity used to assist self-employed individuals transition from small to medium sized business structure. Only entity that allows the self-employed to reduce social security and Medicare tax (SE tax). An S-Corporation can also be an LLC electing to be taxed [...]
If your business is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or corporation, you must appoint a registered agent to accept service of process for your company. Assigning an authorized registered agent is necessary for keeping your business legally compliant and maintaining good standing in the state(s) in which you operate. Your registered agent is the entity—an individual or business in the state(s) in which your company conducts business—that will receive legal documents on your behalf. Examples of the types of mail that goes to your registered agent include: Tax notices Federal and state correspondence Notice of lawsuits Summonses to [...]