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Sole proprietorship

A business owned by a single individual. A sole proprietor pays no corporate income tax but has unlimited liability for business debts and obligations.

Sole Proprietorship

A business owned by a single person that is not a corporation, a limited liability company, or anything else. The sole proprietor who owns the proprietorship must list all profits and losses on his/her personal tax return and does not file a separate return for the business. Additionally, the proprietor is personally responsible for all losses and debts the business incurs. Some small businesses begin as sole proprietorships and then become something else. Other sole proprietorships are part-time businesses that their owners operate on the side.

sole proprietorship

a BUSINESS or firm which is owned and controlled by a single person. See PARTNERSHIP, JOINT-STOCK COMPANY, LIMITED LIABILITY.

sole proprietorship

Ownership of a business by an individual rather than a partnership, corporation,or limited liability company.

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LLC entities have limited liability (like corporations), but may be taxed as sole proprietorships (for which income and expenses flow through to the owner to be taxed), if they are owned by a single, individual member.
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The conversion of a sole proprietorship into a limited liability company (LLC) is accomplished by filing for a certificate of formation (or other required document), paying the appropriate fee and executing articles of organization and an operating agreement (if required).
In tax year 2001, there was wide variability in the expenses of sole proprietorships by business characteristics such as gross receipts, industry category, businesses with inventories, and businesses with home offices.
Depending on their firm's purpose or the way they conduct business--including how much liability they are willing to assume or the type of fringe benefits they plan to offer--CPAs can structure their financial planning practices as sole proprietorships, S corporations, C corporations or limited liability companies.
Half of the new businesses were sole proprietorships, a third were limited companies and the rest partnerships.
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5) Small businesses were most commonly organized as sole proprietorships, which accounted for more than 40 percent of firms; about 30 percent were organized as C corporations, 20 percent as S corporations, and the remainder as partnerships.
76 percent while the number of sole proprietorships rose 16.
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