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HELP...changed from sole proprietership to S-Corp...

by althaea1 / March 2, 2006 1:36 PM PST

Hi,
I know I'm a newbie but hopefully I can get some help without angering anybody. Here's my situation...
I've started a sole proprietership back in 2002 and claimed ~16% of my house for business use. Although the business was growing slowly ~$300/yr., it still didn't cover all of those expenses. Anyhow, I've booked more orders and earned ~$800/yr. for 2005.
I filed the s-corporation in Aug.2005 and am not sure if I was supposed to goto my local state county admn office and change my DBA? Is my sole proprietership still in effect even though I filed all my s-corp items? Anyhow, I went to a CPA to get my personal and corp taxes done, and he says I can't do the 16% write-off anymore. He says I can rent out that space to the corporation, but I'm wondering if the corporation needs an actual location? I've got a p.o.box in the corporation's name and would that suffice? If that's the case, then I don't have to worry about the corporation possibly in the negative again as I'll most likely have to charge a rent rate of ~$300/mo. which is already more than what I earned in 2005.
I'm confused on what i should do. I heard incorporating was supposed to protect my assets and seperate the entity but can't seem to get anyone to give good advice on what to do. I'm currently also working as an electrical engineer at a startup so it's been very hard to free up time to work on my own business since the demands of the startup require many additional hours of work. Although it's been slow, it has been growing every year, and just need some guidance. I can't just quit as I would rather work and invest into my company dream until it makes enough money to even sustain a decent income level. Can anyone help?
Thanks!
-BUsyguy...

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Quick Question First
by beatboxx--2008 / March 14, 2006 4:37 AM PST

Greetings

What state are you in and what state did you incorporate in? Sounds silly but with options for each, it does make a difference. Also what type of business did you start? Certain industries also have additional rules in regards to cash flow and tax obligations.

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by althaea1 / March 20, 2006 2:18 AM PST
In reply to: Quick Question First

Thanks for replying.
Business is photography/videography in Texas...

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No Problem
by beatboxx--2008 / March 20, 2006 8:50 AM PST
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My first advise would be to contact the Sect of State's office or the website. It should contain all the regular info you will need. If not, contact a local attorney that specializes in Corp Law. Between the two,all issues should resolve.

Here in California, I would have to charge rent and have special rules and tenent contract on file for my little business to reside in my home after incorporation. Also be careful about the differences between PO boxes and street addresses. They may change the rules for you as well. Let me know if you need anything else.

Good Luck.

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