What’s the best structure for your business?

Entrepreneurs are likely aware of the fact that business incorporation is a good way to protect personal assets. It’s important to understand the nuances of different entities to ensure that the best model for a company is chosen.

Inc.com offers some tips on which entity might be the best fit for a business. The source says many small businesses choose to start as an LLC. LLC companies don’t require formal meetings, and they generally have minimal paperwork.

S corporations are another popular choice for entrepreneurs. Like LLCs, S corporations are "pass-through" entities, meaning businesses are not taxed; instead, profits and losses are filed on individual shareholders’ tax returns. This saves business owners from "double taxation" which sometimes occurs with companies.

C corporations, on the other hand, do get hit with double taxation. They are less common with small businesses. Generally, C corporations are used by larger companies. Still, Inc.com reminds entrepreneurs that C corporations can offer some very handy, unique benefits to small business.

The entity gives a business the chance to use a medical reimbursement plan, as medical expenses can be deducted while shareholders enjoy the benefit tax-free. Additionally, businesses that need substantial start up funds or expansion capital will likely find venture capitalists are more likely to invest in a C corporation.

This may be especially useful for young businesses as funds could be harder to come by in the near future. Legislation recently proposed by Senator Dodd might render a number of angel investors no longer credible.ADNFCR-3052-ID-19692788-ADNFCR