When deciding to form a corporation in the District of Columbia you should review and evaluate the most recent D.C. laws and regulations that apply to your specific business and, most important, seek the advice of a qualified professional who has experience with D.C. corporations that are similar to yours.
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Some of the reasons business owners choose to incorporate in D.C.
* Business owners who incorporate in the District of Columbia experience the peace of mind derived from the limited liability protection a corporation provides. D.C. corporations can protect your personal assets, since they cannot be used to satisfy debts and liabilities of the corporation. A D.C. corporation’s limited liability protection also shields its shareholders from any claims arising from lawsuits.
* A D.C. corporation’s board of directors and officers enjoy the same limited liability protection as do the corporation’s shareholders.
* Unless you elect to have a special “pass through” tax status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by filing an IRS Form 2553, your D.C. corporation will enable you to shelter and retain more income since a corporation files tax returns and pays its income taxes (at generally lower tax rates than do individuals) while the individual shareholders report and pay personal income taxes only on monies paid them by the corporation. Although shareholders are required to pay taxes on income from dividends paid by the corporation even though income taxes were previously paid by the corporation (called “double taxation”), a District of Columbia C Corporation can facilitate the accumulation of earnings.
* Forming a corporation in D.C. should make it easier to get additional capital than it would be with some of the other types of businesses. You can issue and sell stock or a variety of other financial instruments as evidence of interest in the corporation and ownership in D.C. corporations can be easily transferred through the issuance or transfer of stock.
* Employees would normally prefer to work for a corporation rather than a proprietorship or partnership and a D.C. corporation has the advantage of being able to attract, motivate and retain quality employees by offering stock option and bonus plans.
* D.C. corporation owners working in the business are employees and are therefore eligible for certain fringe benefits such as group insurance plans, retirement and profit sharing plans, and tax-favored stock option and bonus plans. In addition, the corporation allows owners to reduce self employment taxes
* A D.C. corporation is a separate legal entity and, in a sense, immortal and perpetual since it does not end with the death of a shareholder owner as do some of the other business types.
Here is more information you should know about incorporating in the District of Columbia. You’ll find links to official D.C. web sites as well as rules and regulations that apply to a D.C. corporation’s name, board of directors, officers, shareholders’ meetings, and directors’ meetings.
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