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A question about formation, Welcome
To make money in business, you need to spend money.
Every business should have a Lawyer and an Accountant. Speak to the Professionals.
They will answer your questions CORRECTLY, Good luck, LUCKIEST
I work for a company called Sage International, Inc. Give us a call. 775-786-5515. You dont need an accountant or an attorney, you need experts. We offer a 30 min consult. I believe we can help you. One of the advantages of incorporating in Nevada we dont have State tax..... Until then.!!
I am a paralegal with over 25 years experience. One of the biggest mistakes people make when starting a business is incorporating. More times than not, the person hasn't given much thought to the tax implications of becoming incorporated. There is a misunderstanding in the business community that, in order to be considered legitimate or valid, a person has to incorporate their business. This couldn't be farther from the truth.
If the business you are starting could expose you to liability, then by all means incorporate so that your personal assets are protected. However, you need to examine your business and determine whether liability issues exist. If not, then don't encumber your new start-up with unnecessary fees and paperwork headaches.
For example, my company, Paralegal Consultants (www.paralegalconsult.com), provides paralegal/litigation support services to area law firms. Since I am not selling to the general public, my liability exposure is virtually non-existant. As a result, I operate as a sole proprietorship. This entity formation allows me to roll over my business income into my personal income and deduct my business expenses from there. This is a very simplified approach to operating a business and I don't have to worry about stock certificates, articles of incorporation, etc.
On the other hand, if you incorporate (and I'm speaking about Maryland specifically), you will not only be responsible for having a corporate book (i.e., articles of incorporation or organization if you are an LLC, minutes of meetings, stock, bylaws, etc.) but also will be liable for personal property tax, unemployment tax, workers' compensation coverage, etc. These are mandatory items that affect your financial situation and can be problematic if you are not savvy enough to set them up correctly.
I realize there are pros and cons to each situation and there are many more variables in forming a corporate entity that I do not discuss here. Each situation is uniquely different and should be examined independently. However, if you are the only person in your "company" right now and you are starting up a new business, sometimes it is best to take the route of being a sole proprietorship until you determine whether your idea is going to be successful. It can certainly save you a tremendous amount of time and expenses.
And by the way, you can't call yourself a "president" or "CEO" of a sole proprietorship. You can only refer to yourself as "owner." People also make this mistake very frequently.
I'd be glad to help with any questions you may have.
Valerie Nowottnick, Owner
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Can anyone elaborate on the advantages/disadvantages of incorporating in Nevada vs. Michigan? I was told being incorporated in Nevada would give me a huge advantage in my attractiveness to lenders, is this true? if so why? and lastly, are there any downsides to being incorporated in Nevada and working in different states? What are things I need to look out for? Thanks in advance for any insight on this.