Why Incorporate in Nevada?
No Corporate Income Tax
No Franchise Tax
No Personal Income Tax
No IRS Information Sharing Agreement
Nominal Annual Fees
Minimal Reporting and Disclosure Requirements
Stockholders are not Public Record.
Stockholders, directors and officers need not live or hold meetings in Nevada, or even be U.S. Citizens.
Directors need not be Stockholders
Officers and directors of a Nevada corporation can be protected from personal liability for lawful acts of the corporation.
Nevada corporations may purchase, hold, sell or transfer shares of its own stock.
Nevada corporations may issue stock for capital, services, personal property, or real estate, including leases and options. The directors may determine the value of any of these transactions, and their decision is final.
How do I file an Assumed Name or DBA (doing business as)?
DBA's are filed at the county level, not with the Secretary of State. Please contact the clerk or recorder's office in the county you wish to file.
7 Advantages to Incorporating
There's no question that hard work and a little luck is what it takes to BE successful. But a little knowledge, especially when it comes to setting up your business, will help you STAY successful.
While many business owners give a lot of thought to location, store d?cor, customer service, hiring employees and management issues (and rightly so); choosing the proper business structure (such as sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, limited liability company) doesn't get the attention it deserves. Many entrepreneurs don't realize this, but the business form they choose can often times be the difference between success and failure, especially in today's competitive and litigious marketplace. If you want to succeed, you need all the advantages you can get. High on the list of safe bets is the corporate form of business.
Incorporating, while definitely not for everybody, offers several distinct and money-saving advantages over the other types of entities. Here are seven of those advantages:
Asset Protection - If you operate as a sole proprietor or partnership, there is virtually unlimited personal liability for business debts or lawsuits. In other words should you go out of business or be a defendant in a lawsuit, your personal assets such as homes, jewelry, vehicles, savings, etc. are up for grabs. This is generally NOT the case when you incorporate. When you incorporate you are only responsible for your investment in the corporation. The limited liability feature of a corporation, while not a guarantee, is DEFINITELY one of the most attractive reasons for incorporating.
Easier To Sell - Corporations are generally much easier to sell and are usually more attractive to buyers than either a sole proprietorship or partnership. The reason for this is because a new buyer will not be personally liable for any wrongdoings on the part of the previous owners. If someone buys a sole proprietorship, for example, the new owner can be held personally liable for any mistakes or illegalities on the part of the prior owner...even if the new owner had NOTHING to do with the situation! This is usually NOT the case with a corporation.
Tax Savings - When you incorporate there are numerous tax advantages at your disposal that are virtually impossible to accomplish with other business entities. When you incorporate you create a separate and distinct legal entity. Because of this, there are many transactions that you can structure between you and your corporation to save big money on taxes. For instance, if you own a building you can rent office facilities to your corporation and claim depreciation and other deductions for it. Your corporation can then claim the rental expense. You are prohibited from doing this if you are a sole proprietor or a partner in a partnership.
Privacy and Confidentiality - The corporate form of business is a great way to keep your identity and business affairs private and confidential. If you want to start a business, but would like to remain anonymous, a corporation is the best way to accomplish this. States such as Nevada offer even more privacy protection for corporations and their shareholders.
Easier to Raise Capital - When you're looking to raise money through investment or borrowing, a corporation can actually make finding and getting the money you need easier. If you want to take on investors you simply sell shares of stock. If you want to borrow, a corporation can add clout when dealing with banks or other lending institutions.
Perpetuity - As I mentioned in #3, when you incorporate you create a separate and distinct legal entity. This separate and distinct entity (the corporation) can endure almost forever irrespective of what happens to the shareholders, directors, or officers. This is NOT the case with sole proprietorships, partnerships or even limited liability companies. For example, if an owner, partner, or member dies the business AUTOMATICALLY ends or gets wrapped up in legal red tape. Corporations, on the other hand, have unlimited life.
Increases Credibility - Let's face it. Most people feel more secure and confident dealing with a corporation as opposed to a sole proprietorship. Having INC. or CORP. after your company's name adds a touch of professionalism and credibility to your business dealings.
As always, be sure to consult with your attorney or business advisor before undertaking any important legal or financial decision. While there are many advantages and money-saving reasons to incorporate, as I've said before, it's not for everybody. However, you do owe it to yourself to find out more.
The Benefits Of Incorporating Your Business
Author: Kate Smalley
What do General Motors, Microsoft, AT&T and many other major businesses in America have in common? They're corporations.
A corporation is a separate legal entity that functions separate and apart from its shareholders or owners. You can incorporate on your own without an attorney, although it wouldn't hurt to seek legal advice. And you can incorporate in your home state or any other state of your choosing.
More than half a million business entities have their legal home in business-friendly Delaware, including more than 50 percent of all U.S. publicly-traded companies and 58 percent of the Fortune 500. Nevada, New York, California, Arizona and Florida are also magnets for businesses wanting to incorporate.
Protection Against Personal Liability
Incorporating offers a variety of legal and tax advantages. For one, it's one of the best ways a business owner can protect his or her personal assets. As a separate legal entity, a corporation is responsible for its own debts. Shareholders of a corporation are generally not liable for the obligations of the corporation. Therefore, creditors of a corporation can seek payment from the assets of a corporation, but not the assets of its shareholders. This means that business owners can conduct business without risking their homes or other personal property.
Many businesses choose to incorporate for tax advantages. Corporate profits aren't subject to Social Security, Medicare, workers compensation and other taxes, which adds up to 15.3 percent in taxes. An individual proprietor would need to pay all of these taxes, commonly referred to as "self-employment taxes" on all income earned by the business. But with a corporation, only salaries are subject to these taxes.
C-corporations provide even greater tax flexibility when it comes to profits. By simply dividing income between the corporation and the shareholders, businesses can save thousands of dollars each year on taxes. With a C-corporation, the first $50,000 in profits is taxed at only 15 percent -- plus, there are no Social Security or Medicare taxes.
If you incorporate in a tax-free state like Nevada or Delaware, there are no state income taxes. Therefore, if you're in the 28-percent tax bracket and shift $50,000 of your personal income into a corporation, you could save about $14,000 per year. (This figure includes the money saved by not paying social security and Medicare taxes).
Corporations also enjoy the ability to deduct business operating losses. In fact, they have very few restrictions on operating and capital losses. You can generally carry losses back three years forward for 15 years. But sole proprietorships have stricter rules. They're also subject to a higher probability of a tax audit if there are losses.
Speaking of audits, that brings us to another benefit of incorporating. Corporate returns have fewer "red flags" than individual returns. Consequently, the IRS conducts fewer audits on corporations than individuals.
Fringe Benefits and Other Deductions
Corporations also enjoy a variety of fringe benefits and other deductions. A corporation can set up a 401(k), for example, that would allow you to exclude a higher amount of income than a regular IRA. And employee savings may also be doubled with a corporate matching program. Corporations also can deduct 100 percent of the health insurance premiums paid on behalf of an owner-employee.
Additionally, a corporation can deduct other expenses like automobile insurance, education benefits and life insurance. But for sole proprietors, these expenses are subject to strict limitations (if deductible at all) and can be "red flags" that trigger an audit.