Entity Options for Your Massachusetts Small Business

Posted by Robert L. Arone You know your business better than anyone else: whether that be a professional, trade, occupation, dog-walking, catering, or custom-made crocheted goods. But when it comes to giving your business the best legal and tax footing, you may feel a little lost in what choices there are and the benefits and costs of each choice. In this article, I will give a simplified overview of a few business structures available to Massachusetts entrepreneurs and small business owners. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks regarding registration procedure, tax structure, and personal liability. Some choices are better for taxation and some for liabilities and some structures cost more to maintain. Sole Proprietorship A sole proprietorship is, in many ways, the default legal structure for a Massachusetts business. A sole proprietorship has, as the name would suggest, a single (“sole”) owner (“proprietor”). The procedure for setting up a

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