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ComplianceJanuary 06, 2022

The year in review: Our top articles of 2021

The year 2021 could be summed up as being one big transition. And as we head into 2022, top of mind for businesses everywhere are the latest developments in the seemingly elusive effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, conversations about climate change and rapid digitization are driving change strategies that will significantly reshape our future.

As we start the new year, we’re revisiting our most popular content pieces of the year. Our experts shared a wealth of insight and information on topics including formations, compliance considerations for remote employees, merger types, what to know when expanding internationally, and more.

Read on for our complete top 10, and visit here to sign up and subscribe for more from CT Corporation

1. C corporation advantages & disadvantages. what can this business structure offer your business?

The C corporation is often an overlooked option for small business owners. But choosing to operate as a C corporation can offer structural advantages that the S corporation or other business types, such as the limited liability company (LLC), cannot. Our top article of 2021 explores the benefits that a C corporation can offer its owners, plus some potential disadvantages.

2. 10 compliance considerations for businesses with remote employees

The persistent risk of COVID-19 means that even as offices reopen, many workers will, by choice or necessity, continue to work from the safety of home for part or all of the workweek. But working from home means that employers must deal with major compliance requirements — from business taxes to worker’s compensation — that can come as a surprise to business owners and HR teams. We review things you need to know about staying compliant as your employees continue to work remotely.

3. What are the different types of business mergers?

A merger happens when the assets and liabilities of two or more business entities are transferred to one company which then continues to exist. But not all mergers are the same. In this popular article, we explain the four types of business mergers that you may encounter as your business expands, including general mergers, parent-subsidiary mergers, triangular mergers, and multi-entity mergers.

4. 12 tips for naming your LLC or corporation

There’s more to naming your LLC or corporation than picking the perfect name. You must also ensure that the name complies with state LLC or corporation law before you file to form your LLC or corporation. Here are twelve points to consider when selecting or changing your business name.

5. Doing business in Vietnam

Following decades of minor economic growth, Vietnam is today one of the world’s fastest developing nations and the third-largest market in Southeast Asia. To succeed in doing business in Vietnam, U.S. companies must understand the country’s laws, rules, and regulations. In this article, we review what makes Vietnam an attractive option for business, some risks and considerations, and common FAQs.

6. Does a remote workforce trigger foreign qualification requirements?

If you’re an employer with a work-from-home workforce, you may need to address whether your business entity is considered to be “doing business” in the states where your employees reside. If so, you may be required to qualify to do business in these so-called “foreign” states. Read on to learn how you can determine if your corporation, LLC, or other entity is doing business for foreign qualification purposes in states where your employees live and work and how to comply with this important requirement.

7. Due diligence in commercial real estate transactions

The acquisition of commercial real estate requires intensive due diligence to uncover key information that may not be readily apparent or available in evaluating the value of a property or portfolio. Such hidden details can doom the financial merits of an otherwise profitable deal, turning the transaction into a costly mistake. In this article, we help you cover all bases and discuss what due diligence is required in real estate transactions.

8. End-of-year compliance checklist for corporations

Year-end is a busy time for businesses of all sizes as they review critical compliance actions, such as determining which business licenses need to be renewed, annual reporting, filing amendments if there were any changes to a corporation or LLC, and more. Read on to learn what can trigger compliance actions at this time of year and download our handy checklist.

9. 5 things to know when expanding internationally

Despite the global pandemic, international expansion was clearly on the minds of U.S. businesses in 2021. However, companies getting ready to establish a presence in new jurisdictions must be prepared to manage legal and regulatory obligations. In this article, we explore five areas that general counsel and their teams must review when assessing the benefits and risks of entering a new market, the legal obligations they’ll encounter, and how these impact the company’s operations abroad.

10. What’s the difference between apostille and authentication?

Taking a business global affords new opportunities for revenue streams and growth. But one of the many challenges of doing business internationally is that to conduct any transactions, such as opening a bank account, the business is required to certify and authenticate certain documents such as articles of incorporation. There are two paths to do this — apostille and authentication. Learn more about each of these processes, which one to follow, and how to get documents apostilled or authenticated.

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The CT Corporation staff is comprised of experts, offering global, regional, and local expertise on registered agent, incorporation, and legal entity compliance.

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