sole proprietorship

Definition

A business structure in which an individual and his/her company are considered a single entity for tax and liability purposes. A sole proprietorship is a company which is not registered with the state as a limited liability company or corporation. The owner does not pay income tax separately for the company, but he/she reports business income or losses on his/her individual income tax return. The owner is inseparable from the sole proprietorship, so he/she is liable for any business debts. also called proprietorship.

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About 72% of all U.S. businesses are sole proprietorships and are considered to be main job creators.

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