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US Business Structures
US C Corporation
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) refers to general US corporations as C Corporations. Forming a C Corporation allows a business owner to create a separate legal structure that can shield their personal assets from judgments against the business. Unless a corporation applies for S Corporation status, the IRS taxes corporate profits as well as dividends paid to shareholders. Many tax professionals refer to this scenario as double taxation.
US Limited Liability Company (LLC)
A Limited Liability Company (LLC) combines the tax flexibility of a partnership with the personal liability protection of a US corporation. US LLC owners report their share of business profit and loss on their personal tax returns, similar to tax reporting for a general partnership. Forming an LLC in US can help you separate yourself from your business, protecting your personal assets in the event of a judgment against the company. All 50 states and the District of Columbia now recognize this popular business type.
US Limited Partnership Today
If you need to form a Limited Partnership for your business, We can help. A Limited Partnership provides some protection from liability for certain partners. Limited partners contribute capital to the business but cannot participate in its management. These limited partners have limited liability for business debts and obligations. General partners manage the company and have unlimited personal liability for judgments against the business.
US S Corporations
S Corporations get their name from a unique section of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code. A corporation can eliminate the disadvantage of double taxation of corporate income and shareholder dividends by applying for S Corporation status. Owners report profit and loss on their individual tax returns. They still have the opportunity to separate and protect their personal assets from judgments against the business.
In the United States, the individual states incorporate most businesses, and some special types are incorporated by the federal government including national banks, federal savings banks, and federal credit unions. Federally chartered organizations are either issued a charter by Congress or are licensed for a specific operation (such as a bank) by a federal agency. (Many governmental units are specially formed public corporations and some private organizations have received a charter from Congress.) Corporations are required to file articles of incorporation with a state agency for each state they operate in. Corporations operating in the nation's capital file with the District of Columbia, but this does not make them federally chartered.
In the articles of incorporation, the corporation's name must be stated. Usually, at least one word of its name must indicate that the entity is a corporation (indicating it has limited liability) as opposed to an individual (with unlimited liability). There are also restrictions that may not be used, for example, a corporation may, in some cases, not be allowed to use a word or phrase that implies it is a government agency, and may in some cases be restricted from using certain terms referring to special businesses, e.g. most states prohibit a corporation from having the word "bank" in its name unless it is chartered as a bank or has special permission. Each state has varying requirements for forming a company and also determining what designations can and can not be used.
The only terms that are universally acceptable in all 51 U.S. jurisdictions that register corporations are either the word "Corporation" or "Incorporated" or the abbreviations "Corp." and "Inc." Many allow "Limited" or "Ltd." and some states allow "Company" (or "Co.") but a number that allow use of "Company" prohibit use of "and Company", "and Co.", "& Company" or "& Co."
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