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Sole Proprietor

The one and only owner of an unincorporated business. That is, the business of a sole proprietor is not a corporation, a limited liability company, or anything else. The sole proprietor must list all profits and losses on his/her personal tax return and does not file a separate return for the business. Additionally, the sole 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 the owners operate on the side.


The owner of a one-person business.




The sole owner of a trade or business.
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For the first time, BEA has developed various statistics related to partnership and sole proprietorship tax returns for regions and states for 2002-2005.
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The report presents a comparison of home-based and non-home-based sole proprietorships.
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Because a sole proprietorship is simply a single individual carrying on a business, the individual owner is liable for all debts and other obligations of the business.
The audits included all types of income reported on individual tax returns and the detailed income and expense items reported by sole proprietorships.
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