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  • Writer's pictureNicole Bernier, Esq.

When to form a Corporation (instead of an LLC)



In my blog I usually talk about LLCs and Sole Proprietorships. There's another popular form of business entity worth mentioning: the Corporation. Think of a corporation as a more rigid and rules-based version of an LLC. So when is it appropriate to have a corporation instead of an LLC for your business? As you'll see below, there are some benefits to the corporate structure. If you're aiming for a more strategic approach to your business, exploring a corporation might just be your next smart move. However, for a little side hustle or a simple business setup, an LLC usually does the trick. It's all about matching your business needs with the right structure. 🎯


Let's break it down simply!


1. Dreaming Big with Funding

If your business vision includes significant expansion and attracting external investment, a corporation, particularly a C-corp, could be your ideal choice. Corporations have the unique ability to issue stock, which is a game-changer for securing venture capital or angel investments. This is super crucial if you're planning to scale up big time and need substantial capital.


2. Structured Governance Preferred

Corporations require a more formal structure with a board of directors, regular meetings, and minutes. This might sound a bit daunting, but it’s perfect if you love keeping things organized and official. These formalities lend credibility and a sense of reliability to your business, which can be a big plus (and may attract more savvy investors) in certain industries.


3. Eye on the Long Run

Corporations have a unique advantage - they can outlive their owners. This means if you're building something you want to last generations, a corporation is the way to go. It survives changes in ownership or management, making it a stable choice for a long-term vision.


4. Tax Flexibility Matters

Now, let's talk taxes. Corporations are subject to corporate tax, and any dividends paid to shareholders are taxed too. This might sound like a double whammy, but for some businesses, the tax flexibility and benefits, like deducting employee benefits, can outweigh the cons. If your business is profit-heavy, the corporate structure might be more tax-efficient than an LLC.


Conclusion 🌟

Are you geared towards expansive growth, value formal corporate governance, have a long-term business horizon, or seek specific tax benefits? If so, a corporation may be the right strategic fit for your venture. It's important to tailor your decision to your business objectives and consult with a financial or legal expert for personalized advice. Wishing you every success in your entrepreneurial journey! 🚀🎉


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