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Ask A CPA - Business Start-ups

I Am Starting A Business And Don'T Know What Type Of Entity I Should Select To Be. Should I Incorporate ?

When starting a business, your choice of entity includes: operating as a SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP if you own it by yourself; forming a PARTNERSHIP if there are two or more owners; or being designated as a CORPORATION or a LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Your choice to operate as a corporation involves tax and non-tax considerations which require in-depth analysis of your particular situation and can only be done with a CPA in person. However, generally speaking, a corporation provides protection against personal liability for business obligations and offers the greatest flexibility in terms of ownership and transferability. Most businesses for this reason are incorporated. Further discussions with a CPA are recommended before finalizing your decision.

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