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A California corporation generally is a legal entity which exists separately from its owners.
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
A California LLC generally offers liability protection similar to that of a corporation but is taxed differently.
Limited Partnership (LP)
A California LP may provide limited liability for some partners. There must be at least one general partner that acts as the controlling partner and one limited partner whose liability is normally limited to the amount of control or participation of the limited partner.
General Partnership (GP)
A California GP must have two or more persons engaged in a business for profit. Except as otherwise provided by law, all partners are liable jointly and severally for all obligations of the partnership unless agreed by the claimant. Profits are taxed as personal income for the partners.
A sole proprietorship is set up to allow an individual to own and operate a business. A sole proprietor has total control, receives all profits from and is responsible for taxes and liabilities of the business.
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