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Day trading, swing trading stocks and possibly trading options as well. I was told, since I would be working from home there would be tax advantages to have it set up as a business instead(the only thing is I would be trading for myself)
Based on that clarification, would I still need to pass the series 56 exam in order to count my gains for my business rather than personal? in addition to the formal authorization mentioned earlier?
Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Your license situation and income tax are two separate issues. When you trade investment vehicles for profit, your gains will be taxed as short term (you're a day trader) capital gains, i.e. ordinary income tax rates. It won't matter whether you operate in your own name or as a corporation or LLC. You should check that with whoever advises you on income tax matters. The only reason you would have to pass an exam is if the company you have an account with requires it. It won't affect your taxes.