Monthly Archives:' November 2015

Plug and Play for Doctors: Forming a Corporation, PA, PC, Or LLC

Now that you have completed your Internship and Residency, you are now an independent contractor physician, and about to make more money than you have ever made before. The next question in your mind is; “How do I keep what I make, and not pay out everything I make in taxes?”

To avoid the painful consequence and get all of the benefits, here are 5 things that must be done when forming your Corporation.

• Why Incorporate – Incorporating shields you from some liability by providing you with a corporate veil. It also provides you with the ability to pay certain expenses on a pre-tax basis, while also allowing you the opportunity to fund a variety of retirement plan vehicles, thus reducing your taxable income

• Form a Corporation – Forming your corporation is done in your state, and requires the filing of Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State. This can be done yourself, or you can hire a physician business manager to work with you.

• Apply for an EIN Number – Your EIN Number is the social security number for your business and is obtained from the Internal Revenue Service. It is necessary for establishing any bank accounts and retirement accounts, and will also be needed for your payroll taxes and annual corporate tax return.

• Become a Subchapter “S” Corporation –The amount of money you pay in income and payroll taxes is dependent on how you declare your income. By filing your “S” election form with the IRS, you are saying that your corporation will not pay income taxes, but that the profits of your corporation will be reflected as income on your personal tax return. Failure to file this form in a timely manner means that your corporation will pay taxes on its income, and you will then pay personal income taxes on this same income. The dreaded “double taxation”.

• Properly maintain your corporate records – Most people go take the steps listed in the last 3 items, and stop there. After your corporation has been filed, you then must hold an Initial Meeting of the Board of Directors, and perhaps file a fictitious name announcement if it applies in your situation.

After you have done all of this to make your corporation effective, please do not forget to do the following on a regular basis: File your Annual report, file quarterly payroll tax returns, hold regular board of director meetings and file your annual corporate tax return.

Selecting the right type of structure for your business is only the first step. Making sure you take the necessary steps to follow through and get everything done correctly the first time is paramount. So take your time, don ́t make any hasty decisions, and by all means, if you are going to hire someone to assist you along the way, use these 5 steps to help you find the partner that you can trust to be there to assist you after you pay the filing fees.


My Professional CFO, LLC, is a professional services firm providing the highest level of service in three key areas of importance to Independent Contractor Physicians and Entrepreneurs. We specialize in Corporation filings and ongoing Compliance, Accounting and Payroll, and Investment Management. Our professionals will assist you in forming the appropriate type of company for your situation and work with you to make sure your company remains compliant.

We provide ongoing Accounting and Payroll services to make certain all bills are paid and necessary tax forms and withholding payments are made in a timely manner, as well as the set up and management of your retirement accounts. We are not simply a document filing service, we are here to help you with the part of the business that you have to do, so you can focus on what you love to do.

Alan Conner, MBA – President of My Professional CFO, LLC has nearly 2 decades of experience working with professionals and small business during both the start-up and ongoing management. He has written countless business plans and has managed assets for both institutions and high net worth clients.

Email us with any questions!

How to Reduce Self Employment Taxes & Increase Retirement Savings as an Independent Contractor Physician

As an independent contractor physician, you have spent countless hours in the classroom and clinical training, and have finally reached the point at which you are finally reaping the financial rewards for all of your hard work, only to find out that you have to give more than half of everything you make to the government via income and self employment taxes. Read on to learn how to reduce your tax bill, and pay yourself first.

Physician Corporation – Make sure you Incorporate properly, and file the correct forms in a timely manner. Mostdocument filing services will file and charge you for the forms you request. What you really want is someone who willtell you the correct forms for your circumstances, assist you in completing them, and file them in a timely, cost effective manner. This is definitely a case of getting what you pay for, but you also do not get what you do not pay for.Unfortunately, not filing a correct form in a timely manner could cost you tens of thousands of dollars annually.

• Physician Self Employment Taxes – Set up your payroll and pay business expenses on a regular schedule. By having your business expenses and monthly payroll done on a regular schedule, you will reduce the chance that something gets overlooked, which could result in late charges and unnecessary penalties. In addition, paying yourself a fixed monthly salary will put you in the habit of saving more, and make the actual running of your business more streamlined.

• Physician Retirement Accounts – Use all possible retirement plan vehicles to their maximum benefit. While the most common retirement accounts include IRA’s and Roth IRA’s, as a corporation, the options are expanded significantly, allowing you to not only save a significant amount toward your retirement, you can also shelter these funds from taxes and judgments as well.

• Physician Investment Advisor – Hire a professional to manage your assets based upon your personal goals and objectives. You are a professional, which has taken many years of education and training. Hire a professional to manage your assets, as this will decrease the likelihood of the pitfalls met by many a part time investor, but when hiring a professional, hire someone who gets paid over time, not paid by what you invest in. Only use a Registered Investment Advisor, and never pay a sales commission.

• Physician Corporation Compliance – Keep your corporation filings current to maintain these and many other advantages that are open to you. In order to have the advantages of being a corporate entity, you must behave like a corporate entity, which includes the filing of monthly reports and holding board meetings. Failure to complete these will open you up to personal judgment and potentially hefty IRS penalties. You have worked hard to get where you are. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself from paying tens of thousands of dollars in additional taxes. While technically, you can do it all yourself, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional and do it right the first time.


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My Professional CFO, LLC, is a professional services firm providing the highest level of service in three key areas of importance to Independent Contractor Physicians and Entrepreneurs. We specialize in Corporation filings and ongoing Compliance, Accounting and Payroll, and Investment Management. Our professionals will assist you in forming the appropriate type of company for your situation and work with you to make sure your company remains compliant. We provide ongoing Accounting and Payroll services to make certain all bills are paid and necessary tax forms and withholding payments are made in a timely manner, as well as the set up and management of your retirement accounts.

We are not simply a document filing service, we are here to help you the with the part of the business that you have to do, so you can focus on what you love to do.

Alan Conner, MBA – President of My Professional CFO, LLC has nearly 2 decades of experience working with professionals and small business during both the start-up and ongoing management. He has written countless business plans and has managed assets for both institutions and high net worth clients.

Email us with any questions, or call us at: 1 (800) 517-0CFO, 1 (800) 517-0236

How to Form a Physician Corporation: A Step by Step Guide

As a physician, you have either just signed with a contract group, or you have decided to do some shifts as a Locum Tenens. There is a chance that your contract group will require you to be an employee, but that is not often the case. Now you need to form a corporation. We are often asked why. The simple answer is that it draws a clear line between you the individual and you the professional. Another response is that as a corporation, you are afforded additional tax benefits that are not available to you via Schedule “C”. Your SEP IRA contribution for one. As a physician, your options are limited to either a PC (Professional Corporation), PA (Professional Association) or PLLC (Professional Limited Liability Company). There are subtle differences in each type of entity, but there are some specifics that you will need to keep in mind. First and foremost, your state will most likely dictate what type of entity you can form, also, some states do not allow PLLC’s. Don’t just blindly form an entity without knowing the correct type of entity for you. Also, as a physician, forming a corporation will not insulate you from civil liability. For advice related to asset protection, call us. From this point forward, we will discuss the formation of a PC/PA.

The creation of your entity:

The formation process begins with a stop at the Secretary of State office, or the division of corporations. This is where you will find the forms for your specific state, along with the filing requirements and related fees. Filing requirements for professionals differ from state to state. For example, NY requires Physicians to verify their license status with the Education department before and after filing Articles of Incorporation. This is a two-step process, and involves paying two separate fees. Find out if your state has this requirement or a similar process before you file any documents. Some online Incorporation sites do not take this step. Not only will you not get your incorporation filed, you may not get your money back. Just as a precaution, before you fill out any documents, make sure there isn’t another physician in your state with your name. This can most often be avoided by using a middle initial or middle name, but you will want to be certain. Once you have confirmed this, reserve your own name. Send two copies of these documents to the state, and request a stamped copy be returned to you in a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Tax Status and Employer ID Number (EIN):

Once you have completed the Incorporation process, you will need to become legal in the eyes of the IRS. First, you will need to request a Tax ID# or Employer Identification Number. This is essentially the social security number for your business. This can be obtained online, or via fax. Simply fill out the form and submit. Now you need to address the tax status of your entity. All new corporations are seen as “C” corporations until you request to be taxed as an “S” or “Subchapter S” corporation. The difference is simple and straightforward. Do you wish to be taxed on your income twice, or only once? Most of our clients are “S” corporations. The “S” election form can be found on the IRS website, and must be filed with the IRS as soon as possible. You will receive a letter of acceptance once the IRS has approved your status. This must be completed prior to filing your first tax return. Our suggestion is to file this the same day you receive your EIN number. Send this certified mail to make sure you have proof.

Acting Like a Corporation:

Now that you are a corporation, you will have to begin acting like one. What this means is that when you do something business related, you will need to document it. First you will need to establish Bylaws. This will be the blueprint for the way you run your corporation. Sample Bylaws can usually be found on the website for the state where you incorporated. It will define what title you will have, how many times a year your board will meet, and any means to alter the nature of your entity. You will also need to have regular meetings of your Board of Directors, yes, even if you are the only one. When you hold these meetings, you will also need to keep details of what you decided to do. Whether that is opening a bank account, or entering into a contract for employment. In these minutes, you will also document how you will be compensated by your entity, and any employee benefits you will receive. You will now have to keep all of these in one place. That is why you have a Corporate Book. A corporate book can be purchased online from a variety of vendors. Within this book, you will keep the certified copy of your Articles of Incorporation, the acceptance letter of your Subchapter “S” filing, the notification letter for your EIN number, a copy of your bylaws, and each and every set of minutes from all of your Board meetings. This is the first thing that will be requested if your corporation is ever sued.

Reducing Your Taxes:

This is the primary reason you are putting yourself through this. The first reason is that as a Corporation, rather than a Sole Proprietor, you are able to make a SEP IRA contribution up to 25% of your salary versus only 20%. If you pay yourself enough to make the maximum contribution, that would be a salary of $212,000 in order to make a SEP contribution of $53,000. As a Sole Proprietor, you would only be able to contribute $42,400 at the same salary. Not contributing the additional $10,600 just cost you an additional $3,710 if you are in the 35% tax bracket. If your state has an income tax as well, you saved even more. Also, as a corporation, you can establish a Defined Benefit Plan for yourself. This can allow you to put away $100k or more annually, thus accelerating the tax savings.

Tax returns and Annual Reports:

This is where your corporation will save you money, and make all of this worth it. Your corporation will have to file a tax return each year (Form 1120S), and you will receive a form K-1, which is the shareholder profit and loss, (think of it as your 1099 as an owner of your entity.) Regardless of whether or not your state has an income tax, you will still need to file tax returns for your corporation. No taxes will be due, as those will be paid on your personal return, but pay special attention to whether or not your state levy’s a “filing fee”.

The state will also require an annual report from you, although some are every other year, but you pay twice as much. This is simply informing the state that you are still in business along with your current address.

Summary:

You can do this. Just like most things that look complicated, it is more about following the process step by step. There are no shortcuts. If you decide you need some assistance, or simply feel that you would rather work with someone who does this all the time, we would be honored to add you to our list of satisfied clients.

My Professional CFO, LLC, is a Business Management firm providing the highest level of service in three key areas of importance to Independent Contractor Physicians, Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. We specialize in Corporation filings and ongoing Compliance, Accounting and Payroll, and Investment Management. Our professionals will assist you in forming the appropriate type of company for your situation and work with you to make sure your company remains compliant. We provide ongoing Accounting and Payroll services to make certain all necessary tax forms and withholding payments are made in a timely manner, as well as the set up and management of your retirement accounts. We are not simply a document filing service; we are here to help you with the part of the business that you have to do, so you can focus on what you love to do. For more information visit our website www.myprofessionalcfo.com!

Email us with any questions, or Call us at: 1 (800) 517-0CFO           1 (800) 517-0236

Urgent! Why Business Owners Should Act Now.

2015 CAPTIVE COUNT-DOWN
There are 12 Days remaining to start the process to form a captive and pay tax-deductible premiums in 2015!

Life is full of costs, and it seems like they are always going up. If you’re like me, you probably don’t like to think about costs. Sometimes, it’s easy to think, “I’ll worry about that later,” or “I’ll pay that later.” But, it’s early November, and there is a substantial cost that is urgent and looming. Successful business owners and their advisors have only a few weeks to address this very important cost: The Cost Of Waiting To Set-Up Their Own Captive Insurance Company (CIC) – (CLICK HERE to read What Is A CIC). This cost is usually in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and can total as much as $600,000 in lost tax savings.

This year, we have written about the many benefits of owning one or more captive insurance companies. Businesses with a captive insurance company are better positioned for long term survival (CLICK HERE to read more). Businesses that own a captive insurance company benefit from a vastly improved risk management posture. And, a captive insurance company forms the backbone or chassis for small / mid-size business Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Captives also facilitate significant wealth accumulation by business owners (CLICK HERE to read more).

Why Is It Important Now?

It takes 6 weeks to form a captive insurance company. Businesses with a calendar year fiscal ending on 12-31 still have time to form a CIC and pay tax deductible premiums to their CIC in 2015. The deadline to start the process is November 15!

What Is The Cost Of Waiting?

The cost of waiting to form a CIC in 2015 is hundreds of thousands of dollars. Assuming a combined federal and state income tax rate of 50%, the cost of waiting can be as high as $600,000. A small captive insurance company can make an 831(b) tax election. Its underwriting profits are taxed at a rate of 0% (zero percent). To qualify as a small insurance company, the CIC must receive premiums of less than $1.2 million. Taxes paid to the IRS are gone forever, leaving businesses and their owners poorer, weaker and less prepared for risk and uncertainty.


My Professional CFO, LLC, is a Business Management firm providing the highest level of service in three key areas of importance to Independent Contractor Physicians, Attorneys and Information Technology Professionals. We specialize in Corporation and LLC filings and ongoing Compliance, Accounting and Payroll, and Investment Management. Our professionals will assist you in forming the appropriate type of company for your situation and work with you to make sure your company remains compliant. We provide ongoing Accounting and Payroll services to make certain all bills are paid and necessary tax forms and withholding payments are made in a timely manner, as well as the set up and management of your retirement accounts. We are not simply a document filing service, we are here to help you with the part of the business that you have to do, so you can focus on what you love to do. For more information visit our website www.myprofessionalcfo.com Alan Conner, MBA – President of My Professional CFO, LLC has nearly 2 decades of experience working with professionals and small business during both the start-up and ongoing management. He has written countless business plans and has managed assets for both institutions and high net worth clients. Email us with any questions. Call us at: 1 (800) 517-0CFO 1 or (800) 517-0236 Captive services powered by: image