CORPORATIONS - CORPORATIONS Business Its Ethical Legal and...

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CORPORATIONS Business Its Ethical Legal and Global Environment Introduction A corporation is a legal entity that is created under the laws of a state designed to establish the entity as a separate legal entity having its own privileges and liabilities distinct from those of its members. There are many different forms of corporations, most of which are used to conduct business . Early corporations were established by charter (i.e. by an ad hoc act passed by a parliament or legislature). Most jurisdictions now allow the creation of new corporations through registration. An important (but not universal) contemporary feature of a corporation is limited liability . If a corporation fails, shareholders normally only stand to lose their investment and employees will lose their jobs, but neither will be further liable for debts that remain owing to the corporation's creditors.
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Sole- Proprietorship A business structure in which an individual and his/her company is considered a single entity for tax and liability purposes. A sole proprietorship is a company which is not registered with the state as a limited liability company or corporation. The owner does not pay income tax separately for the company, but he/she reports business income or losses on his/her individual income tax return. The owner is inseparable from the sole proprietorship, so he/she is liable for any business debts also called proprietorship. A business can be set up in a variety of ways, ranging from a sole-proprietorship to a general partnership, an LLC to a corporation. Corporations are remarkably different from other forms of businesses in the sense that it is an independent legal entity that is separate from the people who own, control and manage it. Due to this recognition as an individual entity, it is viewed as a legal "person" in the view of tax laws, and can thus be engaged in business and contracts, can initiate lawsuits and it be sued. It also must pay taxes. Corporation 1140 This type of general, for-profit corporation is referred to as a “C” corporation (referring to Chapter C in the IRS code). "C Corporation" merely refers to a regular, state-formed corporation. A corporation is owned by shareholders and is managed and controlled by the board of directors who elect the president and are responsible for the management and policy decisions of the corporation. The dealings of the corporation are carried out by the officers and employees of the corporation under the authority delegated by the directors of the corporation. To be incorporated an Incorporator must draft legal documents and, file the documents with the appropriate
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2012 for the course MANAGEMENT 520 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '11 term at Keller Graduate School of Management.

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