Forming A C-corporation in Florida – Business Law Legal Blogs Posted by Roy D. Oppenheim

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C-corporations, also known as general corporations, are a type of business entity recognized under Florida law. These corporations are separate legal entities from their owners, which means that they can enter into contracts, sue or be sued, own assets, and pay taxes. This separate legal status also protects the personal assets of the owners, known as shareholders, from the corporation’s liabilities.

One of the key advantages of C-corporations is their ability to raise capital through the sale of shares of stock. Unlike other types of business entities, C-corporations can issue multiple classes of stock, such as common and preferred stock. This allows for a wide range of investment options and greater flexibility in raising capital. Additionally, C-corporations can also issue stock options and other forms of equity compensation to attract and retain key employees.

Another advantage of C-corporations is the ability to have an unlimited number of shareholders. This is in contrast to other types of business entities, such as S-corporations, which are limited to a maximum of 100 shareholders. This makes C-corporations a popular choice for large, publicly-traded companies.

However, there are also some drawbacks to consider when forming a C-corporation. One of the main drawbacks is the potential for double taxation. C-corporations are taxed on their income, and then shareholders are taxed on any dividends they receive from the corporation. This can lead to a higher overall tax burden than other types of business entities, such as S-corporations or limited liability companies (LLCs).

Additionally, C-corporations are subject to increased compliance requirements, such as holding annual shareholder meetings, keeping detailed records, and filing annual reports with the state. They are also subject to more stringent securities laws and regulations, which can be costly and time-consuming to comply with.

If you are considering starting a business in Florida and are wondering if a C-corporation is the right choice for your business, it’s important to consult with an experienced business attorney. At Oppenheim Law, our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the legal complexities of forming a C-corporation and advise you on the best course of action for your specific business needs.

You can schedule a consultation by reaching out to us at 954-384-6114. We will help you weigh the pros and cons of a C-corporation and guide you in making the right decision for your business. Don’t let the legal complexities of starting a business in Florida hold you back from reaching your goals. Allow us to assist you in achieving success.

Oppenheim Law
2500 Weston Rd #209
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331
954-384-6114
https://www.oppenheimlaw.com 

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