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Are You a California Resident?

Are You a California Resident?

Many people believe that as long as they are outside the state of California for six months and a day they are not residents of California. And thus don’t have to pay California’s high income taxes. But the state of California is both broke and arrogant. And they make the rules the way they want.

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

You design a lot of things in your life. The layout of your house, the flow of your business, the requirements on your children, and many more scenarios are all elements of conscious design. Asset protection is no different. There is an architecture, a cohesive...

Corporate Opportunities

Corporate Opportunities

Does the Rule Apply to Real Estate? If you invest in and/or syndicate real estate what are the duties to your investors? You owe them a duty of loyalty. But how far does that go? The issue of corporate opportunities is important. I wrote a whole chapter on it (from...

Maintaining a Stock Ledger to Protect Your Corporate Veil

By Garrett Sutton, Esq.

I frequently mention documents that you need to maintain to protect your corporate veil. Maintaining your stock ledger is another way to help protect your veil, which protects your assets. Read on to learn more about a stock ledger.

When stock is issued, it needs to be recorded in a stock ledger. The information in the ledger should include:

  • Stock certificate number
  • Number of shares
  • Shareholder to whom shares were issued
  • Address of shareholder to whom shares were issued
  • Date of issue
  • Amount paid for the shares
  • A notation covering the history of the transfer of stock (i.e. why it was transferred)

Some states require two ledgers to be kept—one that records the original issuance of the share and a second that records the number of shares each shareholder owns. That second ledger can be used to determine the numbers of shares owned by each shareholder.

Other states require a copy of the stock ledger be kept by the corporation’s registered agent. Check with your professional team to make certain you’re following the rules for your state. Improperly kept stock ledgers can lead to your corporate veil being pierced. Enough said.

For more information on stock ledgers, document retention and maintaining your corporate veil, read my book, Run Your Own Corporation.

Are You a California Resident?

Are You a California Resident?

Many people believe that as long as they are outside the state of California for six months and a day they are not residents of California. And thus don’t have to pay California’s high income taxes. But the state of California is both broke and arrogant. And they make the rules the way they want.

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

You design a lot of things in your life. The layout of your house, the flow of your business, the requirements on your children, and many more scenarios are all elements of conscious design. Asset protection is no different. There is an architecture, a cohesive...