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  • Apply for an S-Corp in 10 Minutes or Less
    It’s been about a month since you submitted your incorporation papers and today you received your official number and approval. Congratulations! You are now a CEO and a Chairman of the Board! If you’ve decided to be an S-Corp then one of your first orders of business should be to fill out the application and mail it in to the IRS. Wait – didn’t you just do that? No – remember when you incorporate you …
  • Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) in 10 Minutes or Less
    If you’re forming a C-Corp and don’t plan on having any employees or taking any money out of the business then I suppose technically you don’t need a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), but if you are forming an S-Corp or any company where you plan on pulling any money out then one of the requirements is having a valid EIN. Why? Remember we talked about the need to do payroll even if it’s only …
  • Form a Corporation in 7 Easy Steps
    Edited July 2022 to include the latest changes to the CA Secretary of State web site which actually changed the number of steps from 7 to 13. Is it easier? Not really, but honestly it wasn’t hard to begin with so read on! So you’ve decided to protect your personal assets and save thousands of dollars by incorporating. Congratulations! Good decision! Don’t worry you won’t regret it and I’ll keep writing articles to help you …
  • Choosing Your Fiscal Year
    Fiscal: relating to government revenue, especially taxes. Oxford Dictionary Did you know that you can set the tax year for your business? Yup that’s right. If you want to begin your tax year in April and end it the following March you can do that. Begin in September and end in August? You could do that too. You can set your tax year to end within any month in fact, but the question remains – …
  • Choosing a Company Name
    So you’ve got a great skill or product and have decided to go into business for yourself. Maybe you already have some paying customers and it’s time to make your business “legit”. You may have even decided your company will be big enough to justify incorporating from the start, but you’ve got one big problem – no company name. This can be a huge sticking point for a lot of new companies. After wracking your …

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