Disadvantages of Incorporating

Learn the disadvantages of incorporating your business

Among the disadvantages of incorporating are:

  • Your cost of doing business usually increases due to added fees you have to pay.

  • The amount of paperwork you have to do increases because of legal record-keeping requirements.

  • You may be subject to "double" taxation, having your profits taxed once at the corporate level and once again as an individual.

  • The IRS could limit your salary as an employee of your own corporation to an amount it considers reasonable and treat amounts above the "reasonable" salary to be dividends.

  • Your personal finances must be kept completely separate from the corporations finances. Thus, you can't dip into the corporate bank account if you come up a little short on personal cash for the week.

  • Closing the corporation's doors permanently can be somewhat complicated and costly.


Incorporation Facts


Incorporate your business the easy way:

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Janet Attard is the founder of the award-winning  Business Know-How small business web site and information resource. Janet is also the author of The Home Office And Small Business Answer Book and of Business Know-How: An Operational Guide For Home-Based and Micro-Sized Businesses with Limited Budgets.  Follow Janet on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/JanetAttard.

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