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I am a web designer and created a website, graphic material

I am a web designer and created a website, graphic material (primarily a logo), Facebook page, and email list for my husband's business. There was no contract. The domain name for the website is the same as his business name. He has a sole-proprietor, no trademark. The domain name is ***** ***** my name. The website is hosted on my server. I registered a copyright on the logo in my name.Prior to building the website, I paid $5,000 towards his business start-up fees, as well as $2,000 towards his immigration application. He promised to repay these amounts. I created the website to help him establish himself and our verbal agreement is that once his business began to earn money, he would repay me.He has been earning money for 10 months and he did not repay me.We separated 6 weeks ago.He will not agree to signing our separation agreement, which partly outlines repayments of his debt to me, until I give him sole ownership of the website and marketing material. I have asked for payment towards the website before giving it to him.His lawyer says they will take me to court unless I give him sole ownership of the website. Am I obligated to give it over? What are my rights (copyright, domain name ownership, etc)? Is there a Family Law loophole of which I am not aware?

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As a sole proprietorship, do I have any obligation if we

as a sole proprietorship,do I have any obligation if we want to hire an international student as intern (through OPT) ?Do I have to get an EIN or I can use my SSN ?Do I have to pay social charges or taxes if I pay him/her ? (like if I was hiring on W-2).In my understanding, I can use my SSN and there is no charges to pay, as his school is sponsoring the internship. But I can pay him/her as I like (no charges/tax for my company to pay).

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Damien Bosco

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A Colleague and I are starting a Life Coaching business

A Colleague and I are starting a Life Coaching business together. Currently, we are sole proprietors, living in Georgia and Virginia. We are becoming 1099 contractors of a Coaching company (I think Inc.) that specializes in working with clients with PTSD. We will be Coaches, NOT therapists.We are trying to decide the best tax/legal structure that best protects us personally and professionally.Questions:1. What are the advantages or disadvantages of forming an LLC together?2. Should we just form our own LLC and collaborate?3. What kind of liability do we need? We will not be covered by the larger Coaching company.Thank you!Jan Klos in Atlanta

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If I wish to launch a remote company with remote employees,

If I wish to launch a remote company with remote employees, what are the benefits to incorporating in the United States?If there is no clear benefit, what's the best country to incorporate in?How do employee laws apply to remote employees?A long time ago when I first wanted to launch my business I got an EIN and sellers permit, if I wish to incorporate elsewhere how are these things affected?

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I have a sole proprietor construction company. I'm getting a

I have a sole proprietor construction company. I'm getting a divorce. how can I protect my company? if I incorporate or form an llc does this help

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I have a business in Instructional Media Development that

Hi,I have a business in Instructional Media Development that plugs along (LLC in Arizona, Sole Proprietor) and tax write-offs are against my wife's income combined with mine from the business). File# ***** if you'd like to see it, "Business Type: " is blank. However, I'm also an inventor and I'm pushing for license agreements on my inventions (multiple and in different areas). This is clearly a new scope of business, but I'd rather not start a new business. (Maybe just revise the name - I have done that once already). So how would our joint married taxes work this year? Can I lump it all together or do I need to spell separate schedules for difference expenses and income - on the same LLC?Thanks,John

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Richard - Bizlaw

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I am in the process of starting a photography/social media/

Hey there,I am in the process of starting a photography/social media/ design business and am wondering what my responsibilities are when it comes to taxes.* I have an EIN # ***** a Tax ID #, I have NOT filed for a business license (yet) and I would like to also know if that is required by GA law or can I just claim the extra income on my personal taxes.* Since I did already obtain everything I needed for a business license in the State of GA (even though I never actually filed the business license) am I required now to pay / file taxes under my proposed business?Thank you for your time! Please help! :)- Shelby

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I just realized I did not pay my social security and

I just realized I did not pay my social security and medicare withholding taxes for the last4 years. What should I do..I am a sole proprietor private business owner who made altogether for those years about $30,000

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I'm a sole proprietor, I fix Widgets at my customer's

I'm a sole proprietor, I fix Widgets at my customer's location. My apprentice is mortgaging a business property. He proposes that customers can their widgets to his building to be fixed by him. He would like a 50/50 deal in which he uses my equipment, training and guidance to fix the Widgets customers bring in.However, Widget Fixing is a seasonal business (heavy in fall and spring / lax in winter and summer). I don't want to 50/50 my established or future onsite Widget fixing business, only the "At his location" Widget fixing.I am cautious, because I believe that the monthly utility bills, mortage payment, etc will trickle in and leave my partner feeling shafted. Right now, he is excited and promises he will pay the mortgage and utilities "to start out with".This, to me, is a rather splintered way of proceeding, but I'm lost as to how to resolve my concerns. Thanks

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