Run Your Own Corporation: How to Legally Operate and Properly Maintain Your Company Into the Future

Run Your Own Corporation: How to Legally Operate and Properly Maintain Your Company Into the Future

by Garrett Sutton
Run Your Own Corporation: How to Legally Operate and Properly Maintain Your Company Into the Future

Run Your Own Corporation: How to Legally Operate and Properly Maintain Your Company Into the Future

by Garrett Sutton


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“I’ve set up my corporation. Now what do I do?”

All too often business owners and real estate investors are asking this question. They have formed their protective entity – be it a corporation, LLC or LP – and don’t know what to do next.

“Run Your Own Corporation” provides the solution to this very common dilemma. Breaking down the requirements chronologically (ie the first day, first quarter, first year) the book sets forth all the tax and corporate and legal matters new business owners must comply with. Written by Rich Dad’s Advisor Garrett Sutton, Esq., who also authored the companion edition “Start Your Own Corporation”, the book clearly identifies what must be done to properly maintain and operate your corporation entity.

From the first day, when employer identification numbers must be obtained in order to open up a bank account, to the fifth year when trademark renewals must be filed, and all the requirements in between, “Run Your Own Corporation” is a unique resource that all business owners and investors must have.

Rich Dad/Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki states, “Run Your Own Corporation is the missing link for most entrepreneurs. They’ve set up their entity, but don’t know the next steps. Garrett Sutton’s book provides valuable information needed at the crucial start up phase of operations. It is highly recommended reading.”
When “Start Your Own Corporation” is combined with “Run Your Own Corporation” readers have a two book set that offers the complete corporate picture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937832100
Publisher: RDA Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Garrett Sutton is an attorney, best selling author and one of Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Advisors. A clear and engaging writer, Garrett demystifies legal topics and presents them in a very understandable and accessible manner.

Garrett has over thirty years experience in assisting individuals and businesses to limit their liability, protect their assets, implement advantageous corporate structures and advance their financial goals.
Garrett is the author of “Start Your Own Corporation,” “Writing Winning Business Plans,” “Buying and Selling a Business” and “The ABC’s of Getting Out of Debt” among other titles.

Garrett is the owner and operator of, which since 1988, has provided affordable asset protection and corporate formation services, as well as resources for entrepreneurs and real estate investors. Robert Kiyosaki, the best selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad calls Garrett and Corporate Direct “the premiere source for asset protection strategies.”

Garrett attended Colorado College and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1975. He graduated with a J.D. in 1978 from Hastings Law, the University of California’s law school in San Francisco. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications. Garrett enjoys speaking on asset protection strategies and is a frequent lecturer for business groups and the Rich Dad’s Advisors educational series.

Garrett serves on the boards of the American Baseball Foundation, located in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Reno-Nevada based Sierra Kids Foundation.

For more information on Garrett Sutton, please visit his Web sites at,, and

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Kiyosaki xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 B.C. (Before Corporation): Control and Corporate Veil, Choice of Entity, Hobby Loss Rules, Your Business Name 1

Chapter 2 A.D. (Activation Day): Taxation and Accounting Systems, Payroll Taxes, More Choice of Entity Issues 29

Chapter 3 Day One: Records, EIN, Corporate Formalities 53

Chapter 4 Day Two: Keeping your Books, Payroll Compliance, Personal Guarantees, Stationery 69

Chapter 5 Day Four Employee Issues 81

Chapter 6 First Week: Capitalize Your Business, Home Office Deductions, Writing Contracts 109

Chapter 7 Second Week: Business Plans, Attracting Customers, Vehicle Deductions 135

Chapter 8 One Month: Extending Credit, Getting Paid, Building Business Credit, Protecting Your Website 151

Chapter 9 First Quarter: Personal Responsibility for Payroll Taxes, Trademarks, Business Insurance 163

Chapter 10 Second Quarter: OSHA, Business Gratitude 185

Chapter 11 Year One: Protecting the Corporate Veil, Annual Filings, Annual Meetings, Business Travel, Education Expenses 191

Chapter 12 Year One: End of Year Questions 211

Chapter 13 Eighteen Months: OSHA Returns, Awards, The Criminalization of Business Activity 223

Chapter 14 Year Two: Corporate Veil, IRS Audits, Corporate Notice and Lawsuits, Managers and Directors Review 237

Chapter 15 Year Three: Granting an Equity Stake, Stock Ledger, Record Retention, Social Media, Leadership 261

Chapter 16 Year Five: Exit and Legacy Strategies, Mergers, Asset Sales, Stock Sales 279

Conclusion 299

Appendix 300

Index 301

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RUN YOUR OWN CORPORATION (Kirkus Book Review November 1, 2012)

Accomplished attorney and author Sutton (Start Your Own Corporation, 2012, etc.) presents a second volume on how to build a well-protected business from the ground up.

If it seems like Sutton is leading a tour through every entrepreneur’s worst nightmare, it’s because the path to running a successful corporation is rife with pitfalls. Founder of Sutton Law Center and a Rich Dad’s Advisor series contributor, Sutton knows what can happen when entrepreneurs ignore proper bookkeeping and other corporate formalities. Hefty tax liabilities, expensive lawsuits and criminal investigations can doom a business. Rather than cower from the dangers, Sutton digs in with an us-versus-them attitude and explains how to build a “corporate veil” that will be difficult for outsiders to penetrate, whether they be sue-happy clients or overzealous creditors. Stuffed with legal concepts but remarkably easy to follow, the book traces the evolution of three fictitious businesses over a five-year period—an engineering firm, a beauty salon and a housesitting venture. These “case studies” illustrate the basics of personal asset protection and legal documentation. Topics include choosing a corporate entity, payroll taxes, annual filings, IRS audits and more. Options are laid out with brutal candor because the consequences can be grave. One imaginary entrepreneur loses $15,000 due to trademark infringement, and another is sentenced to prison following a dubious tax investigation. The narratives can be a bit over-the-top, but it’s forgivable because a skilled attorney will anticipate worst-case scenarios. Sutton casts a wide defensive net, even highlighting the risks posed by social media websites. Government agencies like the IRS and OSHA are viewed with suspicion, and entrepreneurs are urged to rise above bureaucracy by following the rules. Sutton makes no apologies for the tactics used by the wealthy; while he insists readers pay their taxes, he shows ways to legally reduce their liabilities. The timeline of the book is ambitious, since many startups are barely profitable after five years, but Sutton’s strategies can be applied regardless of scope.

Part survival guide, part cautionary tale, a volume in which every aspiring entrepreneur should invest.

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