I am curious as to whether a business owner can sign a check made out to them personally.

  • What if the owner was the only signer on the account? – David Schwartz Aug 1 '16 at 10:34

They sure can. They are two different legal entities, so why not?

You can even write a check to yourself, and then deposit it back into your own account. (Not very useful, but you can).

The tax implications are a very different question, as this might constitute taking money out of the company.

Edit: In some countries, when the business hires someone to work for them, it is forbidden by law to do that, unless he/she is explicitly allowed to do it in his contract. The business owner himself however, can always 'allow' himself to do that.

  • Agreed, I do it all the time. Write check against business account, deposit into personal account. – Pete B. Jul 27 '16 at 19:19
  • Also note that, for larger businesses with a more formal organizational structure, the business's own policies (e.g., corporate bylaws) may prohibit this. – BrenBarn Jul 28 '16 at 2:12
  • Writing a check to yourself had its uses. I have used it to fund opening a new account or to transfer funds quickly from one account to another. – homer150mw Jul 28 '16 at 11:16

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