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Business types at a glance

Sole Proprietorship
Business licenses may be required (varies by city or county).
Filing with the state is required to form the business.
Can have more than one owner/partner/director.
Offers some protection of personal liability if the entity is sued.
Additional tax filings required (other than personal return).
Eligible for income tax exemptions and donor contributions may be tax deductible.
LLC
Business licenses may be required (varies by city or county).
Filing with the state is required to form the business.
Can have more than one owner/partner/director.
Offers some protection of personal liability if the entity is sued.
Additional tax filings required (other than personal return).
Eligible for income tax exemptions and donor contributions may be tax deductible.
Corporation
Business licenses may be required (varies by city or county).
Filing with the state is required to form the business.
Can have more than one owner/partner/director.
Offers some protection of personal liability if the entity is sued.
Additional tax filings required (other than personal return).
Eligible for income tax exemptions and donor contributions may be tax deductible.
Nonprofit
Business licenses may be required (varies by city or county).
Filing with the state is required to form the business.
Can have more than one owner/partner/director*.
Offers some protection of personal liability if the entity is sued.
Additional tax filings required (other than personal return).
Eligible for income tax exemptions and donor contributions may be tax deductible.

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Start a Business with LegalZoom – Form an LLC, Corporation, Partnership, or Sole Proprietorship

Choosing a business structure is an important step in starting a business because it determines how your business will operate as well as how it will be taxed. Whether you choose a limited liability company (LLC), corporation, sole proprietorship, or partnership LegalZoom can help you get started.  LegalZoom makes it possible to form an LLC, corporation, nonprofit, sole proprietorship, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership online quickly and easily. The process begins with answering a few questions about your new business. LegalZoom will create your business entity documents and file them with the appropriate state agency, and you'll receive your completed package by mail. LegalZoom helps with the administrative aspects of business formation allowing you to focus on the details of your business that matter to you the most. Whether you're interested in forming an online business or a brick and mortar business, LegalZoom has the resources you need for starting a small business

*A nonprofit corporation doesn't have an owner, stock, or membership interest, but it can have multiple managers and members.


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