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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 acorporation for my computer software consulting business, do I haveto use my home address for the corporate address? If so, what arethe risks of doing so?
Eric Sulistiawan
Via e-mail

A: Your home address may beused as your corporate address to meet the requirement that acorporation must provide a registered office. (Your registeredoffice is where you receive official corporate correspondence andservice of legal process.) But if you have business guests oremployees, it may not be feasible to actually conduct theday-to-day affairs of your business in your home-that will dependon local zoning and homeowner association restrictions. If yourent, it also depends on your landlord. If your lease is notspecific about that, get your landlord's permission inwriting.

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