What’s a partnership?

You would think the answer to this is obvious, and sometimes it is. The short answer: A partnership consists of two or more individuals who operate as co-owners of a for-profit business. The partnership exists whether or not the participants intend to form an official partnership (a de facto partnership). The longer explanation: Please contact [...]

April 8th, 2020|0 Comments

I’m a professional. What’s right for me?

First things first: the question really is whether an entity is going to do you any good at all. From a liability perspective, keep in mind that anything you do is your personal problem; putting your medical practice into a corporation won’t shield you from your own malpractice. But it could, for example, shield you from your employee’s malpractice, or your file clerk’s sexual harassment claim against a fellow doctor. And it may also shield you from your partner’s malpractice. So there are upsides. Some states, like California (where I practice), restrict the use of certain entities by professionals. The term “professional” itself has some grey area. Typically, professionals required to have a certain education, training, and experience aren’t permitted to use an LLC for their business (in California). So lawyers, doctors, etc. will generally use a corporation, though certain professions, like lawyers, have other specific partnership entities available to them. Others, like real estate appraisers, are still permitted to use an LLC. There may also be tax reasons, as a professional, to put your business into an entity. There’s much to consider.

June 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Why shouldn’t I make my LLC managed by all members?

It’s tempting, when you’re starting out, to appoint all of the members as co-managers of the LLC. Y’all are excited and in a kind of honeymoon phase. And if you agree that all members are managers, you don’t have to discuss [read: negotiate] who’s “in charge”. So, two things about that: First, if you can’t [...]

August 6th, 2020|0 Comments

If I’m the only member of my LLC, do I really have liability protection?

Yes. Well, you have the same liability protection as a multi-member LLC. There will be some specific exceptions. For example, if you are personally negligent or you are responsible for your company's payroll tax obligations, then you'll be exposed to personal liability. But being a single-member LLC won't change that. There may be instances where being in a partnership may change an outcome in an insolvency situation and certain specific other circumstances.

July 10th, 2016|0 Comments

What’s a capital contribution?

In its most basic terms, this is the money (or sometimes the assets, like equipment) you put into your business. It differs from a loan in that it doesn’t accrue interest payable to you. If you put money into your corporation or LLC (or partnership), then the return of that money to you as you start to distribute money to you, is non-taxable.

June 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Do I have to make a capital contribution?

No, a capital contribution isn't necessary. But typically you would, and should, make one. You would because there’s almost no way to start a business with zero invested in it. And you should because if your corporation is “under-capitalized”, then you could be exposing yourself and fellow shareholders or members to personal liability, making the formation of the entity a waste of time and money. And it takes more than $1.00 to protect yourself (but nice try).

June 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Can partners in a partnership get a W-2 and be “treated like an employee” like they can in an S Corporation?

Short answer: No. Long answer. When you turn one of your employees into a partner, that individual will switch from receiving a W-2 to getting a Schedule K-1. If you want your “partners” to be treated like an employee, then an S Corporation is the preferred approach (after you’ve determined that a C Corporation is [...]

August 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Why choose to operate my business through an LLC instead of an S Corporation?

If you want your business life to be simpler, LLCs are the way to go. Unlike a corporation (S Corporations and C Corporations are all corporations, right? Right!), LLCs in California don’t have a requirement to hold meetings or keep annual minutes, unless they agree to do so. LLCs are also automatically taxed as a [...]

September 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

What’s a Tax Allocation?

A tax allocation is what happens in your tax world when you’re a partner in a partnership (or a member in an LLC taxed as a partnership). Partnerships themselves generally are not taxed; the tax obligations are “passed through” to its partners. So you might think: well, if the partnership doesn’t give (distribute) any money [...]

April 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Should my operating agreement or shareholders agreement with my co-owners provide for unanimous voting for any operational issues?

Unanimous voting rights can bog down the governance of any enterprise, especially where there are several owners. Sometimes it’s necessary when, say, you have only two owners and they both want to be sure to be included in every decision. Typically, though, unless required by law, you’ll want to avoid unanimous voting requirements, opting instead [...]

February 14th, 2020|0 Comments