Business Structure Basics by Sachin Karpe

business structure, Sachin Karpe

Of all the decisions you make when starting a business, probably the most important one relating to taxes is the type of legal structure you select for your company.

Not only will this decision have an impact on how much you pay in taxes, but it will affect the amount of paperwork your business is required to do, the personal liability you face and your ability to raise money. The simplest structure is the sole proprietorship, which usually involves just one individual who owns and operates the enterprise.

If you intend to work alone, this structure may be the way to go. If your business will be owned and operated by several individuals, you’ll want to take a look at structuring your business as a partnership. Partnerships come in two varieties: general partnerships and limited partnerships. The corporate structure is more complex and expensive than most other business structures. A corporation is an independent legal entity, separate from its owners, and as such, it requires complying with more regulations and tax requirements says Sachin Karpe.

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