Category Archive: Tax

May 22

Organizing a Minnesota LLC using a Legal Service Alternative – Is it worth it?

Doing business in the form of a limited liability company (LLC) provides entrepreneurs limited liability protection and can offer advantageous treatment of profit and loss for tax purposes.  To obtain these benefits, Minnesota companies must organize an LLC by filing Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.  Although organization has traditionally been performed by …

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Jan 13

Suggested Maintenance for Your Small Business

Most of our lives are governed by suggested maintenance: Change your oil every 5,000 miles Get a colonoscopy when you turn 40 See your dentist and replace your toothbrush every six months Limit yourself to 2,000 calories per day Change your password every three months But what maintenance do you perform for your small business …

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Oct 09

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sole Proprietor in Minnesota

The attorneys at Batten and Beasley can help you make the best decision on the entity type that is right for you. A sole proprietorship will be a viable alternative for operating your business if you will be the only owner and the business is not a type that involves significant risks of liability to …

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Jun 10

Non-Tax Factors of Business Formation Minnesota

In choosing the most appropriate form of organization, the business owner will want to consider a variety of factors, including: complexity and expense of organizing the business; liability of the business owner; distribution of profits and losses; management control and decision making; financing startup and operation of the business; transferability of ownership interest; continuity of …

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May 16

Forming a Business in Minnesota: Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A Minnesota business also may organize as a limited liability company. A limited liability company elects to be treated for tax purposes as a sole proprietorship (disregarded entity), partnership, or corporation. A limited liability company may have one or more members. As described further in the section on tax considerations in choosing the form of …

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May 08

Innocent Spouse Relief Under the Internal Revenue Code

Newlyweds are typically the recipients of well wishes and presents from friends and family alike.  Although Congress is neither friend nor family, it also leaves its imprint on the occasion by bestowing important tax benefits upon married couples.  For the typical taxpayer, the impact of this favorable treatment is most visible through the joint taxation …

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Mar 01

Why Small Businesses Need Legal Counsel

There are many old adages that apply to why a small business needs to consult with and use the services of an attorney. My favorite is “You don’t know what you don’t know!” It is your job as an entrepreneur to focus on what you do best, which would be to run your business. It …

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Dec 14

Differences Between an S-Corporation and Limited Liability Company

There are three main differences between an S-Corporation “S-Corp.” and a Limited Liability Company “LLC”. These differences are (1) ownership restrictions, (2) the treatment of self-employment tax and (3) the distribution of profits and losses. The ownership restrictions for an S-Corp. are much more substantial than those of an LLC.  Pursuant to IRS code section …

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Oct 20

Something To Consider Before You Throw Away A Letter From The IRS…

There are two truths to consider when a taxpayer receives a letter from the IRS as the result of an erroneous or incomplete tax return. In this event, a taxpayer should take comfort in the fact that tax disputes involving the IRS are commonplace in modern society. Automated Collection Services, a core component of IRS …

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