There are several business structures to choose from as a freelancer, including sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), and corporation. The most common business structure for freelancers is a sole proprietorship, which is the simplest and easiest to set up.
The tax implications of each business structure vary, but as a sole proprietor, you will be personally liable for all of the debts and obligations of the business. You will also report all business income and expenses on your personal income tax return (Form 1040) and pay self-employment taxes.
A Partnership is similar to a sole proprietorship, but with more than one owner. Each partner is personally liable for the debts and obligations of the business and reports their share of the business income and expenses on their personal income tax return.
Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a hybrid between a partnership and a corporation. Members of an LLC are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the business, but the business itself is taxed like a partnership.
A Corporation is a separate legal entity from its owners, and the income of the corporation is taxed at the corporate level. Shareholders are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the corporation.
It's important to consult with a tax professional or an attorney to help determine the best business structure for your specific situation and to understand the tax implications of each option.