Friday, October 12, 2007

Corporations 101 for Small Business Owners

Having a small business can get complicated. It can get even more complicated if you incorporate your business. My husband has been considering doing this and we have been doing some research. One thing I almost missed was having a record of company minutes. Did you know that you must hold a meeting with the directors and shareholders once a year? If the IRS audits you, they will request to see your actual company minutes. When your corporation is first set up you need to have a meeting of directors and shareholders. You should adopt bylaws. When your LLC is set up you should adopt an Operating agreement. Then you have to hold meetings each year at the time you were formed. Sounds complicated doesn't it? helps people like us! First they give out free forms that are helpful. They also will prepare the whole set of documents for only $20-$25.

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