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For-profit corporation


For-profit corporation

A For-profit corporation is an organization which aims to earn profit through its operations and is concerned with its own interests and not those of the public (non-profit corporation) is known as a for-profit corporation[1]


  • Structure 1
  • Aims 2
  • Popular Models 3
    • B-Corporations 3.1
    • Proximity to LLCs 3.2
  • Advantages 4
    • To the economy 4.1
    • To The Business 4.2
  • Difference between profit and not-for-profit 5
  • Legal Perimeters 6
  • References 7


A for-profit cooperation is usually an organization operating in the

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All for profit corporations fall under the jurisdiction of the Corporations Tax Act 2009. These companies are considered to be active for corporation tax purposes. This includes these corporations as they are trading or offering services(charged) to others, investing and are also dealing with the inflow and outflow of income.[11] Similarly the owners can also not be taken to the courts for some wrong committed by the company. The company can be represented by a lawyer in a court of law. However like any other corporation it can not represent itself in a court[12]

Legal Perimeters

The major distinction between these two organizations can be derived from their names as a non-profit organization does not seek any profit,does not pay as any taxes as it works for the welfare of the society and reinvests any surpluses earned back to the business.[9] In contrast a for-profit corporation has no legal duty/obligation of working for the welfare of anyone but itself. This is the reason why a for-profit organization is not exempted any tax. Subsequently at times running a not-for-profit corporation can be more difficult. Although both for and not-for-profit need a good decision making body however the aspect of serving the public puts an extra responsibility on the members of the board.[10]

Difference between profit and not-for-profit

As the corporation only works for its own interest it gets the opportunity to isolate itself from all worldly matters and do what is best for itself. Here the grip of the owners can also be greater on the business as they have the free choice of making investments and decisions which will generate the greatest revenue for their business. Here they would not be obliged to consider any outer factor(welfare) while designing policies. More profit also means that they can invest the profit back to the business and increase its speed of growth.

To The Business

As these organizations aim to maximize profit they can be very healthy in an economy as the more they earn the greater is the amount they pay in taxes. That tax is eventually spent back on the people. Such corporations have the capacity to grow at a very fast rate and this eventually leads them to employing more people(lowering the employment burden on the government). Their profit maximization motive also means that they will work on their productivity and will contribute to the GDP of any country they are living in. A higher GDP always leads to a higher living standard.

To the economy


A for profit corporation can also be seen in context of a limited liability company as both of them have a very similar function. Both of them are common in a way as stakeholders in a for-profit corporation are called shareholders whereas a person who has stakes in a Limited Liability Company is referred to as a member. Subsequently while corporations have a very defined hierarchy from corporate employees to board members.[8]

Proximity to LLCs

A modern form of profit corporations exists in the form of B-Corporations. A number of for-profit corporations have opted to gain this status. Most organizations get this certificate in order to show their concern for the society.[5] A benefit corporation does aim to gain profit but also believes in playing a role for the society in terms of considering the environment or the society when crafting its policies.[6] Their status is actually issued by a non-profit organization called B-Labs. They are accepted as legal entities in several states of the United States and legislations have been passed to ensure their legal status.[7]


A for profit corporation generally does mean an organization seeking profit however it has both modern forms and is also close to some other types of organizations as seen below.

Popular Models

Unlike non-profit organizations the policies of these organizations are usually profit oriented. Managers(corporate employees) here have a profit oriented mindset and aim at maximizing the revenue of the firm which in turn contributes to the dividends (in case of public limited) or profits of the shareholders/owners.[4] Their aim can be accompanied by a goal of serving the society however that usually happens in cases of B-corporations(Discussed Later).



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