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Sole, General and Limited Liability Partnerships

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  SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP GENERAL PARTNERSHIPS LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP
Formation •  no statutory requirements
•  trade name application
•  EIN (if you have employees)
•  no direct statutory rqmts.
•  trade name application
•  EIN
•  partnership agreement
•  file registration with Secretary of State for a fee
•  EIN
•  partnership agreement
Management and Control •  proprietor has sole management authority
•  shared by partners
•  shared by partners
Liability of Owner(s) •  unlimited
joint and several
•  insurance
•  contract
•  limited on tort claims; joint and several for contract claims
Ability to Raise Capital •  limited to wealth and borrowing capacity of proprietor
•  limited by collective wealth and contributions of partners and overall value of business
•  limited by collective wealth and contributions of partners and overall value of business
Federal Taxation of Entity •  taxed at individual level
•  pass through
•  pass through
Transferability of Ownership Interest •  no equity interests to transfer or sell
•  transfer causes technical dissolution
•  transfer causes technical dissolution
Fringe Benefits •  must be included in income; up to 40% deductible for health insurance with % increasing
•  must be included in partner's taxable income; up to 40% deductible; percent of deductibility increasing
•  must be included in partner's taxable income; up to 40% deductible; percent of deductibility increasing
Deductibility of Losses •  deductibility aginst income, subject to at-risk rules, PAL's basis
•  deductibility against income, subject to at-risk rules; PAL's and basis; basis inceases for loans to entity
•  deductibility against income, subject to at-risk rules; PAL's and basis; basis inceases for loans to entity
Availability of Special Allocations •  N/A
• available
•  available
Basis Adjustments at Death •  step up
•  inside and outside basis increases - See § IRC 754
•  inside and outside basis increases - See § IRC 754
Eligibility to be an Equity Holder •  N/A
•  no limitations
•  no limitations

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