Ask Cari: How the New Corporate Transparency Act could Affect Your Small Business

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Small businesses have been rushing to better understand the implications of the newly enacted Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”), which entered into effect on January 1, 2024.  The CTA applies to over 32 million businesses in the United States, including many companies that filed a document with any secretary of state office.  The CTA includes a new reporting requirement for small …

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Ask Cari: What Is Due Diligence When Buying a Business?

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Due diligence is the process of obtaining and verifying information about a company or person in preparation for a business transaction, such as an acquisition, merger, or potential new business partner. Generally, due diligence provides information about the company being considered for purchase and its operations, with an eye toward risks that could cause future problems. Obtaining details about pending …

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Business Licenses and Permits: What You Need to Know to Start Your Business

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Small business owners are no strangers to government regulations. There are many requirements that businesses must be aware of and comply with, including business license and permit rules. Most businesses must obtain licenses or permits, so it is important for each business to know which ones it needs. Business operations are regulated at the federal, state, and local levels. Each …

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What to Know about Limited Liability As You Grow Your Business

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Starting a business involves a certain amount of inherent risk. There are no guarantees that the founders of a company will get along, a product or service will sell, or market conditions or competitors will not create unforeseen problems. While entrepreneurs must be willing to take a leap of faith, there are steps they can take to reduce risk, both …

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Five Things to Know Before Including a Limited Liability Company in Your Estate Plan

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When it comes to protecting your hard-earned money and property, it is important that you have the right plan, which can include a number of tools for your unique situation. One tool that might benefit you is a limited liability company (LLC) that owns some of your accounts and property. What is a limited liability company? An LLC is a …

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Pass-Through Taxation: What You Need to Know

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Most US businesses have a pass-through taxation structure: they are not subject to corporate tax. Instead, they have their income “pass through” to their owners to be taxed on their individual income tax returns. Pass-through businesses have simpler filing and a lower tax rate than C corporations because they avoid double taxation. Pass-through business owners must pay self-employment taxes, however, …

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Most Common DIY Contract Mistakes

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Small business owners often wear many hats. On any given day, they might dabble in customer service, human resources, accounting, bookkeeping, and legal matters. Resilient, confident, and flexible by nature, entrepreneurs often welcome the challenge to learn new skills by working outside of their core competencies. But for some matters, not working with an experienced professional can be counterproductive. Contracts …

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Ask Cari: What You Should Know About Issuing Stocks

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The ability of a company to issue stock is a crucial element of modern capitalism. Selling stock, which represents an ownership share in a company, allows companies to raise money for growth and expansion. Stock options are also used as an employee incentive, especially in the startup phase. C corporations are the only entities that issue stock. Other types of …

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Changing Your Business’s Legal Structure

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Over time, your business can undergo significant changes. What may have started as a humble, one-person operation can grow into a more complex company, with multiple owners, employees, an evolving mission statement, and increasing risks. As the scope and goals of your business shift, an accompanying change in business structure might be warranted. There are many reasons to consider changing …

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Ask Cari: How do I Better Understand my Business Liabilities and Assets?

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Assets, liabilities, and equity are accounting terms that every small business owner should be familiar with. They are included on a business’s balance sheet, providing a snapshot of financial health. A balance sheet shows a company’s assets and liabilities at a given time and how money is flowing in and out of the business. This information is useful to owners, …

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Five Things to Know Before Including a Limited Liability Company in Your Estate Plan

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When it comes to protecting your hard-earned money and property, it is important that you have the right plan, which can include a number of tools for your unique situation. One tool that might benefit you is a limited liability company (LLC) that owns some of your accounts and property. What is a limited liability company? An LLC is a …

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Ask Cari: What Is a Series LLC, and Can I Use One?

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The series limited liability company (LLC) is a type of business structure that allows a group of subunits called series to be owned in a tiered structure. At the top level is the “parent” or “umbrella” LLC. Below this are one or more “series.” Not all states allow series LLCs. In states that permit them, the laws vary on how …

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