Business Account Basics

What is the difference between a businesss account and a personal account?

A business account helps freelancers or small business owners hold and manage their money made directly from their business. Personal accounts help individuals hold and manage their personal funds.

You shouldn't use your personal account for business related purposes primarily because you risk commingling funds, not accurately tracking deductible expenses, and potentially putting you afoul of the IRS. For this reason, we recommend using a business bank account to ensure you are in the best position to file your business taxes and stay on good footing with the IRS. A business deposit account is typically required for any type of business financing.

LLC/S-Corp/C-Corp Formation and Existing Business Application Process

There are several benefits to opening your LLC/S-Corp/C-Corp with Oxygen

- You can do it all through the app, quickly and easily.
- You’ll receive business-focused financial insight through the app.
-Formation Documents will be emailed. You will also receive hard copies in the mail.

Download the mobile app and create a login by providing your email address and password. If you already have an existing business, a personal account is not required, however if you would like to form an LLC/S-Corp/C-Corp with our partner CorpNet Inc., you will need to apply for a Personal Oxygen Account first.

If you’re applying for a new LLC/S-Corp/C-Corp, our team will need your EIN for the formation documents. If the LLC/S-Corp/C-Corp application is rejected for any reason, we will refund the LLC/S-Corp/C-Corp formation and state filing fees paid within 3-5 days after review.

Once your login has been created, you’ll be asked to scan your ID, agree to the terms and conditions, including the agreements and summary of fees. Next, you will be asked to provide the location of your business, the industry, and your role in the business. You may also be asked to provide supporting documentation depending on the business entity.

List of documents that may be required:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Name Registration
  • Resolution of Authority
  • Operating Agreement
  • Business License
  • Certificate of Good Standing (from a governmental entity)
  • 501(c)(3) Letter
  • Assumed Name Certificate
  • Articles of Formation
  • Articles of Organization

You should be notified of the outcome of your application for existing businesses within 5 business days. For LLC/S-Corp/C-Corp formations, it can take between 2-4 weeks(timeline varies by state, so some applications may take more or less time). If you have any questions or concerns about the outcome of your application, please contact your state government entity. To learn more about the benefits of creating a business, as well as helpful tips and tricks to help you throughout your freelance career, check out our blog.

Oxygen does not support the creation of the following types of businesses:

  • Financial services
  • Insurance business and services
  • Marijuana-related business and services
  • Gambling businesses and services
  • Other prohibited businesses may not be listed, determination dependent on application review

What is an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?

EIN stands for Employer Identification Number (also referred to as Federal Tax Identification Number). It is a nine-digit number assigned by the IRS. It's used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees. The IRS uses the number to identify taxpayers who are required to file various business tax returns.


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