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Sole Propr currently and trying to employees? Next step

Currently I have my reselling business and use my schedule C as a sole proprietor. My sister wants to help me and work a few hours a week on my business, so I would want to pay her for her time. Do I need to change from sole proprietor to LLC to add her to the business as an employee? Or if she wants to be co-owner of the company what would be the next step? Small business making 10k in sales a year. 

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Sole Propr currently and trying to employees? Next step



Thanks for the question. There is no requirement to convert to an LLC to have employees. Many sole proprietorships have employees. You would be required to have an Employer Identification Number if you don't have one already and begin reporting wages to your state and the IRS. Apply for an EIN online here.


If your sister wants to be a co-owner you could consider creating a partnership. Check out:

Tax Information for Partnerships.


As with all good business decisions, it is wise to consider the cost and administrative requirements for small businesses, partnerships, and employment compliance. A small business with a small sales volume may not be able to justify additional expenses associated with compliance-related filings and costs.



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