The entity you choose for your business affects everything contracted by your company. Your business entity will determine the amount of taxes you pay, what kind of records you keep, and how vulnerable your assets are to lawsuits. Among the different business entities, all companies should be one of the following legal structures: a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company (LLC).
When starting a business, you have to make a ton of decisions. Deciding what to name your company and hiring employees, what kind of products or services you should sell, and how to fund your operation, getting your business off the ground comes with a nearly endless number of decisions. Of all these decisions, perhaps none is more important or has a more significant impact on your success (or failure) than your choice of business entity structure.
Taking your clients out to dinner or to a sporting event can be a great way to get to know the people with whom you are doing business and help you develop a closer relationship. Plus, it can be a legitimate business expense (with some exceptions) that you can deduct from your company’s income taxes. The rules for deducting meal and entertainment expenses from your taxes have changed quite a bit over the last few years, and these changes can be pretty confusing.
Planning for your potential incapacity and eventual death, regardless of your financial status, is something that you should take care of immediately, especially when you have children. While Aretha lived a relatively long life, you'll never know when tragedy may strike, and through diligent estate planning, you can save your family from the needless disputes, expense, and embarrassing public exposure the late singer's loved ones are currently enduring.
Nearly three years have passed since Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” whose earnings are worth $80 million, died from pancreatic cancer at age 76. Yet, due to poor estate planning, her children have yet to see a dime of their inheritance, and what they ultimately receive will be significantly depleted by back taxes. Also, it’s still not clear whether or not Aretha ever had a valid will. Her story shows how destructive poor estate planning can be for the loved ones we leave behind.
You don’t want to launch a nonprofit just to avoid the “business” aspects of running a business. You should form a nonprofit because you are passionate about its mission and want to benefit your community through your organization. That said, if your nonprofit is going to succeed, you’ll still need a head for business, and access to the proper legal, insurance, financial, and tax (LIFT) systems, which form the foundation of any successful company.
With 2020 firmly in our rear-view mirror, the economy appears to be on the rebound, and things are slowly getting back to a semblance of normalcy. That said, many families continue to struggle financially, and if this includes you, you may be able to find some relief from the American Rescue Plan. To highlight the ways the ARP can impact your family's bank account, we'll break down three additional parts of the law that stand to boost your family's finances. Learn more here!
Starting a nonprofit organization can be a great way to give back to your community while working for a cause you are passionate about. That said, if you are starting a nonprofit simply to avoid some of the more unsavory aspects of running a business, you should seriously reconsider. When running a nonprofit, you’ll be working in service to your mission rather than in service to yourself or to the other owners of your business—and that’s because there are no “owners” of nonprofits!
Signed into law on March 11th, President Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) is the largest direct-to-taxpayer stimulus legislation ever passed, and it came just in time to save millions of Americans whose unemployment benefits were about to expire. This ARP comes with numerous other provisions that can seriously boost your family's finances for 2021. Learn more here to highlight the ways the ARP can impact your family's wallet.
One of the most exciting parts of owning a business is paying your own hard work. And yet, some business owners don't pay themselves or rely on inconsistent income to avoid owing taxes. But the right way to pay yourself from your business depends on the type of entity structure you use to establish your company. That's why entrepreneurs are advised to structure their business as an LLC. In this way, you can protect yourself from debts and lawsuits related to your company and save on taxes.