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Starting Your Business as a Sole Proprietorship

Jan 8, 2022

Discover the considerations and challenges when starting your business as a sole proprietorship.


Russell Maynard: The simplest type of business to form is a sole proprietorship.  In fact, there is no formation of an actual entity at all.  The owner simply starts working and having a business.  The tax filings associated with a sole proprietorship are made with the owner’s individual tax return, or 1040.  Much like LLC’s and S-Corporations, sole proprietorships may be eligible for the QBI deduction, which is a deduction that lowers taxable income.  The primary drawback to a sole proprietorship is the lack of liability protection.  As a sole proprietor, your personal assets are subject to any liability claims or the claims of any creditors that come about as a result of your business activity.

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