Forms of Business Structure

Small Business Forms of Business Chart

Form of Business Legal Filings Taxation Structure Advantages Disadvantages
Sole Proprietorship License and Registrations Personal Rates - Schedule C Business Stops when owner leave Easy To Set Up No Protection from Liability
Partnership Assumed Name Filing Personal Rates - K-1 Dissolves when a partner leaves  East to Set Up Doesn't Protect from Personal Liability
C Corporation Annual Reports Separate Tax Return- 1120 Perpetual Existence Protects from Personal Liability Double Taxation
S Corporation Annual Reports Taxed at Individual Rates 1120S Form Perpetual Existence Eliminates Double Taxation No more than 35 shareholders
LLC Annual Report Taxes at Individual Rates Perpetual Existence Limits Liablity Doesn't scale into large corporation

Read More about the Differences Between Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, C Corporations, and S C Corporations and Limited Liability Companies.