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Ask A CPA - Business Start-ups

Can Me And My Wife Be A Sole Proprietorship ?

No. Technically a husband and wife can't jointly own a business as a sole proprietor. They can't split a sole proprietorship and file two Schedule C's and two Schedule SE's. To avoid being classified as a partnership, a husband and wife team operating a business together can treat one spouse as an employee and the other spouse as the owner.

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