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Small businesses may be very successful raising funds through Kickstarter, but those who receive those funds shouldn't forget the potential tax implications of crowdfunding.

For its part, Kickstarter (with the caveat that they are not tax attorneys) claims that in general, "funds raised on Kickstarter are considered income." However, the crowdfunding platform also claims that Kickstarters may be able to classify certain funds as "nontaxable gifts" instead.

So which is it? Should businesses treat Kickstarter or crowdfunding money as taxable income?

So you're starting your own brewery. You have a vision, you have the passion, and your beer is going to blow people's freakin' minds! But you need to get your legal ducks in a row or your beer dreams might amount to nothing more than suds.

Don't let your brewery plans go flat, check out these five steps for keeping your lagers (or ales, pilsners, etc.) legal:

Food trucks are all the rage these days, allowing both entrepreneurs and established restaurant owners to take their culinary shows on the road.

But with the rewards come unique risks. As shown by Tuesday's explosion of a Philadelphia food truck, even a truck-sized food business can present potential legal liabilities.

If you're thinking about getting behind the wheel of a food truck, what should you be aware of? Here are three potential legal issues to keep in mind:

Crowdsourcing your invention sounds like a good idea to many entrepreneurs, but there are some worrisome legal tripping points.

In February, the White House announced it would even consider "crowdsourcing" the review of patents, in an attempt to deal with the increasing issue of patent trolls.

So before you decide to let your invention enter the fray, here are three legal tips to consider when crowdsourcing your invention:

Twitter is reaching out to entrepreneurs with a new interactive guide on how to make Twitter work -- and pay off -- for small businesses. This somewhat bubbly graphical walkthrough takes business owners with any level of Twitter-savvy and attempts to teach them a thing or two.

What Twitter leaves out of its helpful guide, however, are a couple of helpful legal tips.

That's where we come in. Here are three legal tips that all small business owners on Twitter should keep in mind:

Square, the mobile payment company used by many small businesses to process credit card transactions, is looking to help out small businesses in an entirely new way.

The San Francisco company has launched Square Capital, which will advance cash to small businesses who need it.

There's a catch, however.

If your small business serves food without a health inspection, what can happen?

Health inspection laws are intended to prevent businesses from serving food in unsafe or unsanitary conditions, but there may be some circumstances where an inspection sticker isn't necessary.

So when is it legal to serve food without a health inspection?

Business Lessons From Katherine Heigl's Lawsuit

One of the worst things that can happen to a business is to get caught up in a high-profile lawsuit with a celebrity.

Just ask lawyers and PR managers for Duane Reade, the drug-store chain that's being sued by actress Katherine Heigl for allegedly misappropriating her image on Twitter and Facebook, The Associated Press reports.

While business owners may be eager to boast that celebs use their products or shop in their stores, what legal lessons can you learn from Heigl's lawsuit?

5 Legal Tips If You're Opening a Pet Store

For animal lovers looking to open up a neighborhood pet store, what are some legal tips you should keep in mind?

Unlike a typical retail store that sells clothes or toys, owning a pet store requires that you take care of live animals.

So here are five tips to keep in mind if you're opening a pet store:

Hiring via a Staffing Company? 3 Legal Reminders

Need to hire new workers? A staffing agency may be able to help get the job done -- but there are a few legal issues you'll want to consider first.

Some staffing agencies can place the right candidate at your firm without you having to sift through a high volume of job applications. Others will allow you to select and interview candidates, but will handle the hiring and other HR tasks so your small business doesn't have to.

However, before you sign up with a staffing company, here are three legal tips to keep in mind: