The limited liability company structure has become very popular because, similar to a corporation, owners have limited personal
liability for the debts and actions of the LLC.
What is an LLC?
At the basic level, when you form an LLC you are creating a type of business formed at the state level. There can be many benefits to forming an LLC with the state. LLC's can also offer tax advantages, limit your liability for business debts, and much more. However, with all the benefits of starting an LLC also come obligations such as more accounting, changes in tax issues, and some additional paperwork regarding your LLC filing.
Taxable Issues for an LLC
LLC's are more like partnerships, providing management flexibility and the benefit of pass-through taxation. Pass-through taxation means that taxable income of the business will "pass through" to the owner’s individual tax return. Federal and state tax laws treat a LLC like a partnership; or for a single member LLC, like a sole proprietorship.
Forming LLC partnerships basically allows the owners or members of the LLC to record their taxable income on their individual income tax returns like partners and sole proprietors. However, a LLC can be treated for tax purposes like a corporation by electing corporate tax treatment. We suggest that before electing to file a LLC as a corporation for tax purposes, you should speak with your CPA.
Limited Liability for an LLC
Similar to a business that chooses to incorporate, owners have limited personal liability for the debts and actions of the LLC. Owners or members of an LLC are not personally liable for business debts or liabilities in most situations. Personal legal liability protection is the same as that offered to shareholders of a corporation. In order to be afforded limited liability for your company, you should make sure to follow all state and federal requirements for keeping your corporation in good standing. There should also be a distinct separation between your personal and business assets.
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