When your small business goes through business growth you’ll want to prepared for the changes your company will have to make in order to grow it into a bigger business. One of the main things you need to do is incorporate your small business development so you aren’t held liable for it if it goes under or for its debt. Even if your company is still a small business you could benefit from incorporating it.
Forming an LLC or a Limited Liability Corporation is a great plan to make your business last for the long haul. One major reason for you to form a corporation is to remove your liability. That means that if your company tanks you won’t have to take the hit in your personal assets such as your house, car or personal belongings.
Credibility is another big reason that companies incorporate. Rather than just having a simple name like ‘Bob’s Refrigeration’ it would become ‘Bob’s Refrigeration LLC’ or ‘Bob’s Refrigeration Inc.’ Not all customers prefer to do business with a corporation, but there are plenty who do.
If you’re planning on selling your business in the future incorporating your small business development is a great idea. If you don’t have your business incorporated when you leave your business or die, the business will just end. Scaling small businesses often end up being sold to larger corporations and making sure the company is transferred to the buyer is important.
Tax flexibility is another great part of incorporating. A corporation or LLC can avoid double taxes from corporate dividends and profits as well elect to be taxed as a corporation.
Choosing between whether to form a corporation or an LLC can be a difficult choice but luckily there are some clear cut differences that make it easier to decide. An LLC can choose whether or not to file as a corporation or an individual, which is a great flexibility that corporations don’t offer. To form a corporation you need to be a legal US resident but with an LLC you don’t need to be. An LLC doesn’t have to schedule an annual meeting or minute book. A disadvantage to an LLC is that they cannot issue stock, they aren’t able to engage in corporate splitting.
Some advantages to a corporation is that you can issue stock, and you can split the corporate tax liability. You’ll run into some double taxation of corporation profits and shareholder dividends. You have to hold annual meetings and record minutes. There’s a limit on number of owners you can have in an S Corporation.
Forming an S Corporation is a better idea over a C Corporation. With an S Corporation you won’t be doubly taxed on your profits and your shareholder dividends which can attract a lot more shareholders. Both S Corporations and C Corporations need to file their taxes yearly and pay taxes quarterly.
Another option if you are a non-profit organization is to apply for non-profit corporation status. There are a whole slew of advantages to this. The biggest advantage is that you can become tax-exempt and not have to pay any taxes on your profits. Another one is if someone donates money to your certified non-profit corporation they can write it off as tax deductible, a great way to encourage people to donate to your organization.
Some taxes on property will be exempt with your non profit corporation. Non-profits are exempt from paying property taxes under state law in all 50 states to help them accomplish their goals. Applying for a non-profit corporation status helps appeal to donors who are unsure if they should donate. A small plus is that you will pay less in postage, which can potentially save you a fair bit of money because USPS offers a discounted rate of postage for non profits. It doesn’t apply to all non profits, and checking with your local postal office is the best way to find out if you’re eligible.
Sometimes choosing which type of corporation you should apply for can be a little bit hazy. Working with a good California Small Business Attorney Services firm to help you understand every advantage and disadvantage to each corporation is a great way to decide. They can run the numbers for you and see what would benefit your small business the most.