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506 (c) and crowdfunding

506(c) Offerings and Crowdfunding: What’s the Difference?

by Andrea Uptmor

In the last two years, regulations set by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) have undergone several changes. These changes were the result of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. The JOBS Act, as it is more commonly known, was intended, in part, “to reduce barrier to capital formation, particularly for smaller companies.” In... Read more »

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What is a benefit corporation?

What Is a Benefit Corporation?

by Angelique O'Rourke

I recently wrote a post on social enterprise, discussing what it entails, and what some of the legal structure options are for a business when the focus is on a social mission. The benefit corporation option is one such legal structure. It’s a fairly new structure, with the first one of its kind coming into existence... Read more »

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What Is a Social Enterprise?

by Angelique O'Rourke

A social enterprise is defined by its mission, specifically that it makes a positive contribution to a social cause. Because of this, the structure of a social enterprise can vary. Nonprofits are certainly social enterprises, but many for-profit companies fall into this category by making the conscious decision to have their focus be an altruistic... Read more »

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What is an L3C?

What is an L3C?

by Angelique O'Rourke

In recent years, socially-minded entrepreneurs have begun testing a new type of business entity: the L3C, or Low Profit Limited Liability Corporation. A low-profit limited liability company, or an L3C, is a legal structure (a variation on a limited liability company or LLC) that is relatively new to the United States. The United Kingdom began... Read more »

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4 Things You Should Know About Small Business Taxes

4 Things You (and Every Small Business) Should Know About Taxes

by Jonathan Michael

Recently our Bplans audience had the chance to attend a free webinar on Small Business Taxes, hosted by the CEO and founder of TaxAlli.com, Zach Olson. The webinar was extremely informative, and we had a lot of great questions from our attendees. As a follow up for our registrants, and in case you didn’t have a... Read more »

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How to Find the Right Attorney For Your Business

How to Hire the Best Attorney for Your Small Business

by Arlene Soto

Hiring professionals for a small business is an important process. The best attorney for your business will depend on what the legal needs are for your company. In fact, there is a good chance there is no one attorney who can handle everything, so the best attorney may actually turn out to be a law firm... Read more »

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How to Pick the Right Lawyer For Your Startup

How to Pick the Right Attorney For Your Startup

by Caroline Cummings

Picking the right attorney in your startup is as important as picking the right business partner. You can’t underestimate the importance of selecting an attorney who “gets” your business model, your market opportunity, and most importantly, your fundraising and exit strategy. Read more »

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What Every Startup Business Needs to Know About IRS Regulations

by Ben Sutton

  Have you ever heard the saying, “Asking for forgiveness is easier than asking for permission?”  Whoever said that must not have been talking about the IRS. In my experience helping hundreds of small businesses get up and running, I’ve found that prevention is the key to avoiding unwanted interaction with federal and state tax agencies.... Read more »

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Can I Expense This? An Accountant Explains the World of Write-Offs

by Lisa Furgison

If you get a cup of coffee on your way to work, can you write it off as a business expense? Good question. A lot of business owners don’t have the time (or interest) to decipher tax code. Yet, business expenses are a vital part of your financial picture. A lot of your day-to-day business... Read more »

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4 Tax Filing Tips for New Startups

by Deborah Sweeney

Small businesses, welcome to Uncle Sam’s favorite time of year! Though it may be Uncle Sam’s favorite, tax season is often less than anticipated with entrepreneurs, especially if you’re new to filing taxes for a business. How soon do I need to start hanging onto receipts? How should I tax my LLC? What can I... Read more »

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Must-Know Tax Tips for Freelancers

by Kelly Gurnett

When you become a freelancer, your relationship with Uncle Sam changes. And while it may not be April 15th yet, now is the time to learn about those changes, because you may find you’ve got some extra work to do. Read more »

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9 Unexpected Ways a Lawyer Can Help Your Startup

by Scott Gerber

We asked nine company founders what unexpected things they found themselves needing lawyers for in the early stages of their startups. Here's what they had to say. Read more »

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Lessons Learned: How One Entrepreneur Lost His Business After an IRS Tax Audit

by Lisa Furgison

Accounting may seem like a dry business topic to talk about, but one business owner made a few mistakes, was audited, and lost his business. Learn from his mistakes. Read more »

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5 Tax Preparation Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know

by Lisa Furgison

A tax attorney offers five tax tips every entrepreneur should know when starting a company. Read more »

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3 Reasons Why an LLC Beats a Corporation

by Deborah Sweeney

Looking at the two options side by side without any particular industry or business in mind, I’ll always think of an LLC as the better choice for these three reasons. Read more »

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2013 UK Self-Employment Tax Guide: An Overview for Indebted Entrepreneurs

by Keith Tully

Take a proactive approach to accounting and filing and you'll be in much better position when it comes time to pay your self-employment taxes this year. Read more »

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2013 U.S. Self-Employment Tax Overview: A Guide for Indebted Entrepreneurs

by Keith Tully

Low on cash and worried about taxes? Accurately predict your tax obligations, and find as many tax breaks as possible, using this guide. Read more »

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Today For The First Time in 80 Years, You Can Ask Total Strangers to Invest in Your Business

by Bailey Koharchick

As of September 23, 2013, American businesses can advertise that they are raising money, and it won't be considered a crime. Read more »

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Can I Do Better on My Taxes Next Year?

by Tina Samuels

There are some tax mistakes commonly made by small business owners as well as some common deductions that aren't taken, many of which you want to avoid next spring when doing your company taxes for 2013. Read more »

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How to Get a Tax Break for Thinking About Starting a Business

by Graham Hunter

So you’re starting a business…Great! But most likely you don’t start a business before thinking about it and doing some research. Did you know that you can get deductions for “startup” and “organizational” expenses related to thinking about starting a business? You do have to go on to actually start the business and earn money,... Read more »