Task 1: Sole Proprietorship And Business Entity

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Running head: Business Law Rachel Lavender Western Governors University 2/21/11 PART A Sole Proprietorship A sole proprietorship is how most business entities begin. This type of business is owned and operated by one person. The main advantage of this type of business is that the owner does not need to get the approval of a partner or board in order to make decisions. A significant disadvantage is that, in a sole proprietorship, there is no separation from the business and personal assets, therefore, there is unlimited personal liability to the owner’s personal assets. · Liability-There is no difference between personal and business assets. This means that any personal assets belonging to the owner will be used…show more content…
All partners share in the decision making for the business. A partnership agreement is usually established in order to delegate the responsibilities of each partner such as who will make decisions for the business, how will profits and losses be shared, how much money and time each partner will contribute and even a plan in the event a partner chooses to terminate their share of the business. The main advantage of this entity is that it allows more expertise as well as financial support in order to make a business grow. The main disadvantage is that just like the sole proprietorship, the personal assets of each partner will not be spared if the company faces financial…show more content…
A C Corporation is considered an entirely separate entity and those that make up the company such as officers, directors, managers, and shareholders are not personally liable for the acts of the company. This is the main advantage of a C Corporation. A disadvantage is that profits of the corporation are taxed at two different levels. One at the corporate level and then another on the dividends of the shareholders. · Liability-A C Corporation has limited liability in that it is seen as a separate entity from the owners, which in turn protects their personal assets from being taken to pay for the company’s debt or liability losses. As with the other business entities, insurance can be purchased to shield the assets from being taken due to a liability loss. · Income taxes-Corporations are taxed twice. They are first taxed on the profits made by the corporation itself then the profits to the shareholders, also known as dividends, are taxed. · Longevity-The dissolution of a C-Corporation can occur because of a shareholder becoming disabled or dying, the failing profits of the company or because they can not agree on the direction or handling of the company. On the other hand, a corporation can have an endless existence by transferring ownership through the selling of

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