Planning Your Business

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Choosing a Business Structure

As you prepare to register your business in Pennsylvania, you will need to decide which business structure will best suit your business. Legal and tax considerations, as well as personal needs and the needs of your individual business will help determine your structure.

There are four main types of business structures: sole proprietorships, partnerships (general or limited), limited liability companies (LLCs), and corporations. Each business structure has its own characteristics, which are outlined at a high level in this section. If you are unsure about which structure best suits your business, it is a good idea to seek legal counsel and professional tax advice before filing.

Each business structure has its own registration requirements, registration fees, and annual filing requirements. Learn more about registering your business in Pennsylvania. View the Department of State’s Fee Schedule to see details about registration fees and annual filing requirements for each business structure.

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