What business structure suits your business?

What business structure suits your business?


An important decision to make before you start a business is what structure your business will run under. This will reflect into all facets of your business, so you should spend time understanding the implications of each structure.

Sole Proprietorship

  • You have complete control of your business.
  • Your business assets and liabilities are not separate from your personal assets and liabilities.
  • Personally liable for debts and obligations of the business
  • Low-cost structure

Partnership

  • Share control and management of business
  • Each partner pays tax on the share of net partnership income each receives
  • Minimal reporting requirements + Inexpensive to set up
  • Requires more documentation

Company

  • Separate legal entity from its owners – all profit, tax, and legal liability is directly to the corporation
  • Members not liable for company’s debt (only liable if you breach legal obligations)
  • Complex business structure + Extensive documentation and record keeping
  • Wider access to capital

Trust

  • Expensive set-up and operation
  • Formal trust deed outlining operation required
  • Trustee responsible for yearly administrative tasks
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If you believe the matters discussed above are relevant to your business, please contact Darren Smith of our office to discuss further.


Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren works with business owners to grow their businesses and create personal wealth within and outside of their business.


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