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Taking It Home

Home is where the heart is, but do you want to hang your corporation's hat there?

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Q: In setting up a corporation for my computer software consulting business, do I have to use my home address for the corporate address? If so, what are the risks of doing so?

Eric Sulistiawan

Via e-mail

A: Your home address may be used as your corporate address to meet the requirement that a corporation must provide a registered office. (Your registered office is where you receive official corporate correspondence and service of legal process.) But if you have business guests or employees, it may not be feasible to actually conduct the day-to-day affairs of your business in your home-that will depend on local zoning and homeowner association restrictions. If you rent, it also depends on your landlord. If your lease is not specific about that, get your landlord's permission in writing.

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