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  • Business Entity Comparison Chart

    This chart compares the various entity choices when incorporating in Washington, DC. Content Detail

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Doing Business in DC

    This guide, created and published by the Washington DC Economic Partnership, covers information essential to relocating, starting and expanding your business in DC. It covers start-up considerations, business registration & licensing, financing, taxes and other important issues about creating a successful business in the District of Columbia. Content Detail

  • Formation of a Limited Liability Company in the District of Columbia: A Guide for Business Owners

    This handbook is designed to clarify some of the technical requirements for starting an LLC such as naming your business, obtaining the certificate of organization, designating a registered agent as well as preparing a clean hand certificate. It also provides a copy of our single member LLC template and DCRA forms. The DC Bar Pro Bono Center would like to thank Kasey Levit Robinson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP for her insight and assistance in creating this manual. Content Detail

    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Forming a Benefit Corporation

    This alert discusses the advantages and disadvantages of forming a Benefit Corporation in the District of Columbia. Content Detail

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Forming a C-Corp

    This alert discusses the advantages and disadvantages of forming a C-Corp in the District of Columbia. Content Detail

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Forming a General Partnership

    This alert explains the advantages and disadvantages of forming a General Partnership in the District of Columbia. Content Detail

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Forming a Limited Partnership

    This alert explains the advantages and disadvantages of forming a Limited Partnership in the District of Columbia. Content Detail

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Forming an LLC

    This alert explains the advantages and disadvantages of forming an LLC in the District of Columbia. Content Detail

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Forming an S-Corp

    This alert discusses the advantages and disadvantages of forming an S-Corp in the District of Columbia. Content Detail

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Home-Based Businesses and Their Tax implications

    This trifold gives some guidance about potential uses fraudulent of homebased businesses and their tax implications. Content Detail

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    Internal Revenue Service
  • Podcast: Benefit Corporations - Positives & Misconceptions

    Benefit corporations, like B Corps, are for-profit companies that meet certain standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. In essence, benefit corporations aspire to move beyond wealth creation for owners and shareholders, possibly to combat a social issue or to address a disadvantage community. Learn more on how benefit corporations are similar or different from other entities and the requirements for running one in DC. Join Darryl Maxwell, Assistant Director of D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and Alicia Plerhoples, Director of the Social Enterprise & the Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown Law, for this podcast. Read More

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Podcast: Equity Investing for Small Businesses

    Once you’ve started your business, family and friend circles are typically the first groups entrepreneurs will tap to raise funds. Once that capacity is met, business owners have interesting considerations to make. Check out this podcast with Darryl Maxwell, an Assistant Director at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and Rami Turayhi, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery, as they discuss some of the pros and cons of Equity Financing. Read More

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    D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Small Business Health Care Tax Credit: FAQs

    The new health reform law gives a tax credit to certain small employers, both small businesses and nonprofits, that provide health care coverage to their employees, effective with tax years beginning in 2010. Content Detail

  • Tax Issues for LLCs

    This publication offers brief tax assistance for owners of Limited Liability Corporations. Content Detail

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    Internal Revenue Service
  • Webinar: Nuts & Bolts of Registering Your Business Entity with DC Government

    Representatives from D.C.'s Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs and D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue give a step-by-step refresher on registering businesses in the District of Columbia. Read More

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    D.C. Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)