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Corporate and LLC Structure Can Protect Sole Proprietors’ Assets

There are plenty of advantages to being your own boss, but that doesn’t mean that every decision is easy or straightforward. One of the first things you’ll have to decide is the type of business structure that is best for your situation. While selecting “sole proprietor” may seem like the path of least resistance, if you have personal assets at risk for your business’ debts and liabilities, it may make more sense to go with the more complicated route of electing to form as a C- or S-corporation, or even as a limited liability corporation (LLC).

What is the difference between each?

In a nutshell, if you set up as a C corporation – the preference of venture capital investors – you’ll have to pay taxes as both an individual and as a corporation. By contrast, both S corporations and LLCs have the advantage of a favorable pass-through tax treatment while still providing your personal assets with significant protection.

No matter which entity you choose, you won’t find the process costly or complicated, and if you decide to switch at a later date you can do so easily. Still, it’s important to understand that filing a Certificate of Incorporation does not entirely protect you from personal liability. In order to provide yourself and your shareholders with the highest level of personal protection make sure that you do the following:

  • Never use your personal name or the name of a shareholder on any official documents. Whether invoices, correspondence, or contracts, the official corporate name is the only appellation that should be used, and the word “inc.” or “corp.” should be included where corporate. This is the best way to ensure separate entity recognition. The same is true whenever signing on the company’s behalf. Only use the corporate name and include your title, as shown below:


    By: ___________________________________
    Name and official title of the authorized signer

  • Maintain entirely separate bank accounts for your personal funds and your corporate funds, as well as separate taxes. Corporate tax liabilities should be paid from corporate accounts and personal taxes from personal accounts; the same is true for shareholders.

  • Assuming that you have corporate bylaws and other formalities, make sure that you follow all of them to a tee. This may include ensuring that meeting minutes are recorded, that the Board of Directors holds regular meetings, and that stock is issued.

The clearer and cleaner the line between the organization and the individual, the higher the level of personal protection, so make sure that there is a separation between corporate and individual transactions.

If you have questions about what type of entity is right for you we can help. Contact us today for more information.

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