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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.

Sole proprietor.

A sole proprietor is the owner and operator of a business that isn't registered as either a corporation or a limited liability company.

As a sole proprietor, you are personally liable for all your business's debts and report any business profits or losses on your individual tax return.

sole proprietor

see FIRM.
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