Starting a small business is an exciting endeavor with numerous decisions, one of the most critical being the choice of your business structure. The business structure you select will impact everything from taxation to liability and day-to-day operations. We understand that this decision can be daunting at Anthony Law Group, and we are here to help you navigate the options and find the best fit for your circumstances.
A sole proprietorship is the simplest structure, making it an attractive choice for small business owners. It involves no formal registration but offers no separation between your personal assets and business liabilities. You and your business are considered the same in the eyes of the law
A partnership structure may be suitable if you are starting your business with one or more partners. There are two main types: general partnerships, where all partners share equal responsibility, and limited partnerships, where some partners have limited liability. Partnerships often require a partnership agreement that outlines each partner’s responsibilities and share of profits.
Limited Liability Company (LLC):
The LLC is a popular choice for small businesses because it combines the limited liability of a corporation with the simplicity of a partnership. It provides protection for your personal assets while allowing flexibility in management and taxation.
A corporation is a more complex structure with strict formalities, but it offers the highest level of liability protection. It could be more suitable for larger small businesses looking to attract investors. Corporations can be either C-Corporations or S-Corporations, each with its own tax advantages.
An S-Corporation is a variation of a standard corporation that allows you to pass income, deductions, and credits through to your shareholders. This structure can help small businesses avoid double taxation and is often chosen by businesses with less than 100 shareholders.
If your small business has a charitable or social mission, consider structuring it as a nonprofit. This type of organization allows you to seek tax-exempt status and receive donations, but you must adhere to specific regulations.
A cooperative business structure is suitable when the business is owned and operated for the mutual benefit of its members. Each member has a say in the company’s decision-making, typically on a one-vote-per-member basis.
The best business structure for your small business depends on various factors, including your industry, size, and long-term goals. Anthony Law Group is here to help you make an informed decision and ensure that your business is set up for success. Contact us today for personalized guidance on choosing the right business structure for your small business.