Sole Proprietorship, LLC, or Corporation: Making the Right Choice

Monday, September 25, 2023 – Listen up, taxpayers—I’m here to tell you that your business structure isn’t just a bunch of paperwork; it’s a game-changing strategy. Get this wrong, and you’ll pay for it, literally—in taxes, and maybe even in lawsuits. But get it right, and you’re one step closer to financial freedom.

You’ve got options. Let’s start simple: Sole Proprietorship. It’s the easiest to set up but don’t get too excited. This structure ties your personal finances to your business, meaning if your business goes belly-up, your personal assets are on the line. And here’s another kicker: all your business profits are taxed as personal income. You think that’s smart money? Think again.

Now, let’s talk about the Limited Liability Company, or LLC. It’s the darling of the small business world for good reason. With an LLC, your personal assets get a layer of protection, and you can decide how you want the IRS to tax you. But remember, flexibility means more decisions; more decisions mean more room for mistakes. Get educated.

Then we have corporations—S-Corps and C-Corps. S-Corps are similar to LLCs but come with their own maze of rules. As for C-Corps, they’re their own beasts entirely. The corporate tax rate may be lower but beware of the double taxation trap. Profits can get taxed twice—first at the company level, then again when they reach your pocket as dividends.

Look, taxpayers, don’t play guessing games with your financial future. It’s critical to talk to a tax attorney and get the best advice for your specific situation. Remember, it’s not just about making money; it’s about keeping it, and making it work for you.

Steven A. Leahy is a tax attorney in Illinois. He was the host of the long-running popular Radio Show “The IRS Radio Hour” heard every Sunday evening on AM 560 The Answer. Attorney Leahy is also the author of the book “Deal With Your IRS Problems Today!” You can get a FREE copy of this important book at Or Call 24/7 (312)664-6649

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