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Amortization is the periodic reduction of an asset’s outstanding debt. For example, if you borrow $10,000 for a car and you are making payments at a fixed monthly rate of $300 per month, then you will have amortized your debt over 12 months. This is why when you look at a credit card statement, you can see the outstanding balance and the percentage of the balance that has been paid.

Amortization is a process that allows a business to reduce the cost of an asset while simultaneously reducing the cost of the liability associated with that asset. For example, if a business purchases a piece of equipment for $100,000, the business will have to pay for that equipment over the life of the equipment. While the business would like to sell the equipment for its full value, it would be better to reduce the value of the equipment over time.

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Oct 21, 2020
Bookkeeping by Adam Hill

An LLC is a newer type of business that is a blend between a partnership and a corporation.
Next on our list of business types is a Limited Liability Company, better known as an LLC.

While the partnership agreement is not filed for public record, the limited partnership must file a certificate of formation with state. General partners are fully liable for the debts of the partnership, while limited partners are not liable for the debts of the partnership, but may not participate in management of the business.

The owners of a partnership have invested their own funds and time in the business, and share proportionally in any profits earned by it. There may also be limited partners in the business, who contribute funds but do not take part in day-to-day operations. If there are limited partners, there must also be a designated general partner that is an active manager of the business; this individual has essentially the same liabilities as a sole proprietor. The most daunting disadvantage of organizing as a sole proprietorship is the aspect of unlimited liability.

Management structure is a determination that is made by the LLC and its members. In a limited liability company, profits are distributed through the LLC, and each business member or owner pays taxes individually. Another perk is that the personal liability is limited to the individual’s investments in the company. Also, members are eligible for participating fully in managing the company.

Next on our list of business types is a Limited Liability Company, better known as an LLC. An LLC is a newer type of business that is a blend between a partnership and a corporation. Instead of shareholders, LLC owners are referred to as members. No matter how many members a particular LLC has, there must be a managing member who takes care of the daily business operations.

What is a partnership business organization?

A partnership is a form of business organization in which owners have unlimited personal liability for the actions of the business. The owners of a partnership have invested their own funds and time in the business, and share proportionally in any profits earned by it.

As for who LLC members can be, they can include partnerships and corporations, and no maximum limit exists on the number of LLC members. Within a partnership, members are vulnerable to unlimited liability for their overall actions. Every partner is personally liable for any company debts and responsibilities. If the company lacks the assets to cover an organizational debt, then creditors can seize the partners’ personal assets to cover that debt. One way to cover this disadvantage is to form a partnership between two corporations.

The limited liability company (LLC) is not a partnership or a corporation but rather is a distinct type of entity that has the powers of both a corporation and a partnership. The owners of an LLC are called “members.” A member can be an individual, partnership, corporation, trust, and any other legal or commercial entity.

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Most of these structures have some disadvantages if the entity is successful and wishes to grow and attract capital from outside investors. Partnership structures provide the best legal protection to minority owners, but leave all the owners exposed to unlimited liability. Limited partnership shield limited partners from liability, but limited partners are prohibited from active participation in management. A limited liability company is created by filing a documents with the state.

Partnership advantages and disadvantages

For the purpose of this overview, basic information is presented to establish a general impression of the business organization. Choosing among the types of business ownership involves a balancing of competing concerns.

An advantage of a sole proprietorship is filing taxes as an individual rather than paying corporate tax rates. Some hybrid forms of business organization may be employed to take advantage of limited liability and lower tax rates for those businesses that meet the requirements.

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