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Here are the steps you should take to form a partnership in the state of New York. A partnership (also known as a general partnership) is created whenever two or more people agree to do business together for profit, even if there is no intent or written agreement to form a partnership. While there are no formal filing or registration requirements needed to create a partnership, partnerships must comply with registration, filing, and tax requirements applicable to any business. There are also some steps every partnership should take to make sure they follow sound business practices when they start their new venture.

To form a partnership in New York, you should take the following steps:

  • Choose a business name.
  • File a fictitious business name.
  • Draft and sign a partnership agreement.
  • Obtain licenses, permits, and zoning clearance.
  • Obtain an Employer Identification Number

    To find out how to establish a partnership in any other state, see Nolo's 50-State Guide to Forming a Partnership. To read more about partnerships in general (including the difference between a partnership and limited partnership), see Nolo's section on Partnerships.

    Choose a Partnership Name

    In New York, a partnership may use the surnames of the individual partners or may use a fictitious business name. If you plan to use a fictitious business name, it must be distinguishable from the name of any other company currently on record.

    File a Fictitious Business Name

    If you use a business name that is different from the surnames of the individual partners, New York requires you to file a certificate of fictitious business name with the county clerk's office in the county where your business is located.

    Draft and Sign a Partnership Agreement

    A partnership agreement is not a mandatory legal requirement for establishing a partnership. However, it is a very important step to ensure there are no misunderstandings between you and your partners. A well-drafted partnership agreement will help you decide in advance how to handle certain situations.

    Even well intentioned, honest partners can find themselves in a legal battle if they do not have a written partnership agreement memorializing their initial purposes.

    Obtain Licenses, Permits, and Zoning Clearance

    Your business may need to obtain business or professional licenses depending on the type of business activity you are engaged in. New York provides a comprehensive website of every occupation that requires a license by a partnership.

    Obtain an Employer Identification Number:

    Partnerships are required by the IRS to obtain an Employer Identification Number, or EIN. This is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS for tax reporting purposes. Partnerships must have an EIN regardless of whether or not they have employees. Registering for an EIN can be done online at the IRS website.

    Next Steps

    It is important to consider doing the following once you have created your partnership:

  • Open a business bank account.
  • Obtain general liability insurance.
  • Report and pay taxes.
    • General Question
    To determine whether a partnership exists courts look at: (1) intention of the parties, (2) sharing of profits and losses (3) joint administration and control of business operation, (4) capital investment by each partner, and (5) common ownership of property.
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    There are three relatively common partnership types: general partnership (GP), limited partnership (LP) and limited liability partnership (LLP). A fourth, the limited liability limited partnership (LLLP), is not recognized in all states.
    A business with two or more owners can be a partnership. Much like a sole proprietorship, forming a general partnership does not require filing any documents or taking any specific action. If you and another person simply run a business together, it is a general partnership by default.
    The only requirement is that in the absence of a written agreement, partners don't draw a salary and share profits and losses equally. Partners have a duty of loyalty to the other partners and must not enrich themselves at the expense of the partnership. Partners also have a duty to provide financial accounting to the other partners.

    For example, if you're in a partnership, you cannot make a deal to buy from a supplier at an inflated price with the understanding that you will receive a kickback from the supplier. It's a violation of your duty to the partnership, and your partners can demand an accounting from you regarding the deal. If you're found to have violated your duties, the partners can sue you for damages and strip you of your profits from the deal.

    On the other hand, if you simply make a bad deal by signing a contract to pay a supplier an inflated price, the partnership will be forced to accept the deal. One of the potential drawbacks of a partnership is that the other partners are bound to contracts signed by each other on behalf of the partnership. Choosing partners you can trust, and who are savvy, is critical.

    The only other rules would be found in a written partnership agreement. Such an agreement could outline procedures for making major business decisions, how profits and losses will be split, and how much control each partner maintains.
    Taxes are paid through the personal income tax filings of individual partners. As a partner, you have income through your share of the profits (or a loss if the partnership is losing money), and you report this income on your personal taxes. The partnership itself reports profits and losses to the IRS on a special form (so that the IRS knows how much you receive), and you pay the taxes on your portion.
    In the absence of a written agreement, partnerships end when one partner gives notice of his express will to leave the partnership. If you don't want your partnership to end so easily, you can have a written agreement that outlines the process through which the partnership will dissolve. For example, the partnership can dissolve if a certain event happens or it can provide a mechanism whereby the partnership can continue if the remaining partners agree to do so.

    Why Syed Professional Services?

    We are committed to providing high-quality partnership formation services that meet your unique business needs. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to delivering personalized solutions and support, so you can focus on growing your business. With us, you can expect:

    Comprehensive Partnership Formation Services

    Forming a partnership can be a complex and time-consuming process, but we are here to help. Our comprehensive partnership formation services include legal and regulatory compliance, contract drafting and negotiation support. We understand the complexities of partnership formation regulations and will ensure that your partnership is structured for success. Our contract drafting services provide a well-drafted, legally binding partnership agreement that protects your interests.

    Tailored Solutions for your Business

    We recognize that every business is unique. We know that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to partnership formation simply doesn’t work. That’s why we offer customized solutions that are tailored to your specific needs and goals. Our team of experienced professionals takes the time to understand your business including its strengths, weaknesses, and long-term goals.

    Professional and Reliable Support

    When it comes to partnership formation, it’s essential to have professional and reliable support. That’s why at Syed Professional, our team is made up of experts in partnership formation and business law. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of professional support and guidance to help you navigate the complexities of partnership formation regulations. Our team is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest regulations and industry developments, so you can be confident that you’re receiving the most current advice and guidance. With our team on your side, you can be sure that your partnership is structured for success.

    Our Partnership Formation Services

    We provide a range of partnership formation services to help businesses of all sizes and industries form lasting partnerships. Our services include:

    Legal and regulatory compliance

    We help you navigate the complex legal and regulatory requirements of forming a partnership, ensuring that your partnership is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

    Contract drafting

    Our team of legal experts can draft comprehensive partnership agreements that cover all aspects of your partnership, including governance, profit-sharing, and dispute resolution.

    Negotiation support

    We provide support and guidance throughout the negotiation process, helping you reach agreements that are fair and beneficial for all parties involved.

    Partnership Dissolution Services

    If you need to dissolve a partnership, we can provide legal support and guidance to ensure that the process is handled smoothly and in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

    Partner with Us Today

    If you are looking to form a lasting partnership with another business, look no further than Syed Professionals. Our comprehensive partnership formation services, tailored solutions, and professional support make us the ideal partner for businesses of all sizes and industries. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your partnership goals.

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