A business entity is an independent legal entity for conducting business. A business entity may be a corporation, a partnership, or an association. It is different from a person, an estate, a trust, or a bank.
The courts have held that business entities can sue and be sued by their owners and also from other business entities, but not themselves. This means that some business entities do not perform their duties properly or even pretend to perform their duties.
Common types of business entities are partnerships, corporations, trusts, partnerships, organizations, unincorporated associations, and limited liability companies. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
There are many exceptions to the rules about business entities. The following types of business entities, but do not include all forms of business entities.
Limited liability companies (LLCs) are the most common types of business entities. They may be incorporated by filing Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State. To do this, the shareholders must agree to be bound by the articles. Generally, these are tax-exempt corporations and have limited liability, but cannot make political contributions.
An LLC may be formed for a wide variety of purposes including trading, investment, or limited liability for personal purposes. This type of business entity is called a partnership. In addition, there are types of partnership such as a limited liability partnership, general partnership, and limited liability company.
Sometimes businesses will enter into contracts with their partners, which state that they may not engage in any political contributions or election activities. Such contracts usually apply only to their domestic business operations. Other types of business entities include limited liability companies or general partnerships. Many of these types of business entities are based on organizations like corporations and partnerships.
Individual members of a business entity are also commonly called persons. Persons may include owners of partnerships, proprietors, directors, officers, managers, or shareholders.
A nonresident alien is also known as a foreign national. They are considered subject to the laws of the country in which they are living. A nonresident alien may not hold office in the United States and they may not vote in elections.
These types of business entities include partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, associations, and unincorporated associations. Members of these types of business entities are usually not allowed to have their name on the documents or records of the business. These types of business entities are also called sole proprietorships.
Each of these types of business entities has its own set of rules. Depending on their structure, both partnerships and corporations have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Before setting up a business entity, it is important to find out the rules governing that particular type of business entity. If you do not know enough about it, then it would be a good idea to consult with a lawyer or a qualified accountant.