There are five common types of business structures: sole proprietorships, corporations, S corporations (S Corps), partnerships, and limited liability corporations (LLC). Determining which company structure is best can be tricky. Today’s post examines these common business structures to explore which is best for your company.
After the ensuing chaos of The Great Depression of 1929, when unregulated and high-risk stock market investments resulted in the Stock Market Crash that destroyed millions of investors and left most corporations without any income to continue paying workers, 13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed, and approximately half of the banks in America failed. In part of the reconstruction efforts, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set about to create a remedy for American workers and in 1935 signed into law the Social Security Act. As a wage earning American citizen, it is important that you understand why Social Security is in danger of Privatization.
It may be surprising to learn that although the landscape has changed drastically over the past 40 years, regulations pertaining to retirement plans have not. Since 2010, the Department of Labor (DOL) has been working to redefine and clarify what the term ‘fiduciary’ means under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), in April, the final rule was released. The new definition specifically looks at the distinction between providing investors ‘education’ and ‘advice’. The new rules set forth by the DOL redefines who is classified as a fiduciary and what responsibilities accompany that title.
You might be surprised to learn that in 2015, the average retirement plan Department of Labor (DOL) audited fine was $424,000. Whereas, the average medical malpractice settlement is $425,000. While both are astronomical and business crippling, thankfully, with the right policies and procedures, we understand that there are ways to reduce the risk.