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starting an llc by yourself is easy but maybe you don't want to go through the process on your own llc formation services can help you get your llc formed and the best filing service can also provide you with affordable features such as an employer identification number and registered agent services before we get to reviewing the services let me just say this in addition to reviewing these services the affiliate links in our description are deals we personally negotiated with these companies so we're able to offer an exclusive tourig discount to get you the best price anywhere using our links also provides you with a much easier and streamlined process so if you decide to use one of these services for your business formation make sure to use our links instead of going directly to their website in this video we'll briefly go over our top five llc formation services and the advantages of each as well as touch on the number one mistake people make when forming a business for a more detailed breakdown of each of these formation services check out our llc formation services page below to start the biggest mistake people make when forming a business is not checking the availability of their business name by not checking ahead of time you might start the formation process only to find out the names not available so check out truex business name generator it's a free name generator that you can use to check the availability of your business's name it also automatically checks to see if that name is available as a website domain which may change your decision on whether or not that's the name you want to use now onto the formation services there are dozens of online formation services that will start your business for a fee we reviewed and ranked the five best llc services and to do this we actually formed separate llcs with each service well when i say we i mean someone else at the company i don't have five llc's choosing the best llc service to help you form your small business comes down to three things the type of business you have the needs of your business and additional services you may want for your business the five services we'll be looking at are northwest zen business inc file rocket lawyer and legalzoom let's start with northwest northwest delivers all the llc services that are essential for online business formation their incorporation service is 39 plus state fees and it includes llc filing premium registered agent services customer privacy protection an online account to access business documents and more northwest is also known for their top-notch customer service they provide their clients with corporate guides who are highly trained us-based support agents every customer gets a corporate guide assigned to their specific account so you can talk to the same person if you have any questions or concerns now on to zen business based on overall quality we highly recommend zen business when starting an llc online zen business offers company formation packages starting at only 39 dollars per year plus any state fees the biggest selling points for zen business are their straightforward and affordable llc formation packages their responsive customer support and their high quality registered agent services there are a couple different packages you can pick from but all of them include registered agent services free operating agreement and worry-free cpa assessment all in all the formation service offers an outstanding deal for entrepreneurs and small business owners zen business llc packages include more valuable features you can find a plethora of positive feedback online and the company offers a seamless customer experience next we'll look at inkfile similar to zenbusiness inkfile provides a great value and their basic pricing plan for llc services here are some of inkfile's advantages you get a full year of registered agent service for free in all packages after that year it's 119 a year which is still on the less expensive end of registered agent pricing inkfile offers a real-time order tracking tool and quality customer support and the company provides a user-friendly online dashboard to help you track important deadlines and compliance reminders now we'll look at rocket lawyer although northwest is the better option for simply forming a small business rocket lawyer is the best choice if you want ongoing legal services past llc creation here are some of the advantages of rocket lawyer the truic and rocket lawyer new business bundle offers an exclusive discount if you want to try the legal services subscription package which includes llc formation service at no cost the seven day trial removes any risk and rocket lawyer provides excellent customer service rocket lawyer sets itself apart by offering a subscription-based model for ongoing legal services with premium members gaining access to legal documents advice and more we've negotiated a deal to bundle rocket lawyers premium membership services into an exclusive package for our users at the discounted price of 349.99 plus any state fees you'll save about 300 by choosing our new business bundle the final formation service we'll look at is legalzoom legalzoom is one of the most recognized business formation services the company is more focused on full legal services beyond just llc creation legalzoom has established itself as one of the most popular llc services which gives the company brand authority also legalzoom offers more legal services than other llc formation companies legalzoom's llc formation packages start at 79 plus state fees they'll provide basic llc filing services but they don't include as many features as other formation companies you'll have to pay extra for services such as an ein operating agreement and registered agent services overall going with an established name like legalzoom comes at a higher cost if you prefer to use a company with brand power and are willing to pay significantly more to form an llc online consider choosing legalzoom if you want to start a business on your own the process is easy but if you don't want to there are formation services out there to do it for you we chose northwest as the best llc service for small businesses the combination of great customer reviews a user-friendly online ordering process and no hidden fees make the business formation service a great choice when forming an llc online we also chose rocket lawyer as the best choice if you need ongoing legal services for your business through a partnership with rocket lawyer we're offering an exclusive deal for our users which includes free incorporation services and high quality legal help beyond business formation and don't forget if you decide that one of these services sounds right for you use our links for an exclusive true discount and a much easier formation process for a more detailed breakdown on the different formation services check out our website at howtostartinllc.com there we also provide all sorts of free resources and guides to help with the formation and operation of your business good luck with your small business you
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hello welcome to personal finance with darcy i am so excited to have you here with me today so today i'm going to talk about the best online tax services for small businesses and so you might be wondering who is this girl well yes i am darcy i am a recent business owner and yeah it definitely has its ups and downs but yeah it's tax time it's april and we have to file our taxes by may 17th fortunately we got an extra month and a few more days to file our taxes but yeah it's important especially for small businesses mine is very very new haven't done too much within the business but whether you've done a lot in the business or very little you still have to prepare taxes for it so yes i'm more than happy to go into that today taxes is literally like the huge elephant in the room it causes stress it causes denial it causes pain literally i'm just like why did i decide to do all of these things to make money because now my taxes is complicated but no it's worth it it is by far worth it i remember 2019 i was living the easy life i just had a w-2 to worry about but now in 2020 i got short-term capital gains i got 401k to roth ira conversions i got my schedule c's to worry about i got a lot going on my taxes is complicated and so because of all of that did i mention a business within all of that i just mentioned earlier yes so it's it's very complicated there's a lot going on and because of that because of my hustle because of my desire to do more in 2020 my tax list as well will be complicated and so i don't want to stop your drive i don't want to stop your hustle but yes there are more responsibilities as it relates to taxes and so today i'm really going to cover the online tax softwares available to you i'm going to talk about the top dogs i'm going to talk about turbo tax i'm going to talk about hdr block definitely you've probably heard of those i am going to go into the pricing model and cover a little bit about them and where they rank the top within the category so some platforms are best for complex businesses some are best for small businesses and some are best for budget-friendly businesses definitely i'm going to cover it all today i'm not so much going to go in depth but i am going to cover where these tax software platforms do are ranked the best and so it's important to know which one breaks the best in each individual category and kind of go from there you know like again taxes is complicated i am right there with you i'm struggling with you but we are gonna get it done we are gonna get those tax credits we're gonna get those tax deductions we're gonna maximize we are going to hopefully get money back and get a tax refund which is what we want yes or to pay as little taxes as possible who does not so i'm gonna kind of break down my experiences just to give you kind of an insight i shared my tax situation with turbo tax and they were literally like i cannot help you so definitely that is kind of an insight i definitely know that there's a lot about turbo tax good stuff good stuff but again really when it comes down to these online tax software platforms it's really important to know like do i have my ducks in a row do i have all of the numbers in line do i have my income do i have my expenses do i have everything in order for my business that i need to have do i have my personal income in order do i have my short-term games my long-term gains if you have investments which hopefully you do if you have a business hopefully you do have investments as well as that is a top generator of wealth and i definitely want you to have investments and so literally it's just it's very complex the tax situation and so i really wanted to go into it today but before i do so don't forget to like and subscribe and i want you to know i'm not a tax professional i'm just like you trying to grow and build a business and so what that looks like it's pretty complicated as it relates to taxes and so because of all of that i just wanted to share my knowledge my research that i've kind of uncovered throughout my search and share with you all because the more you know the better prepared you are and hopefully the more tax refunds the tax savings that you can get because as you know the large businesses not gonna name the names but they pay very little taxes so you're like how are they doing it they have really good tax professionals working for them around the clock but definitely you deserve that too as a small business you just serve someone who's going to represent you fight for you and try to give you as much money in your pocket or to keep as much money in your pocket as you possibly can so let's get into it and don't forget to like and subscribe below so i am on business.org and so here we have a list of the best tax softwares for small businesses in 2021 so it's so so important to look at this so best overall we have turbo tax as you know turbo tax is really really popular if you've seen any commercial for taxes you've probably seen turbo tax and so they have a lot to offer they do have a really good questionnaire that that gives you a tailored tailored tailored experience and so really walks you through the different questions that are associated with your business and how to find tax credits and also tax deductions and so it's really really crucial to really have your information in line and so the more reduced price that you want to pay for your taxes the more you need to be the expert and know more information about your like your overall business you know it's really important to know your businesses inside and out and then when it comes to taxes you also need to know what kind of forms you need to file you know for me personally i have a single member llc and because of that i need to file a schedule c and attach that to my 1040 you know and so typically based off the kind of business you have it will determine whether it will be in a scheduled form in addition to your 1040 or it'll be a completely separate tax form you know and so i know that i need to file a schedule c based off my business and so definitely it's really really crucial to know what kind of forms that you will need a file before you even go in and choosing tax software and so truly speaking i needed needed to get my tax forms in order i need to know what forms to look out for i need to look up tax credits i need to look up tax deductions i know that personally although i have a lot going on i had significantly less income than when i just had an easy w2 as you probably know when starting a small business definitely from the ground it's it's hard it's hard hard work and you're not going to see monetary results right away it takes time typically in a lot of businesses and so i'm at that ground level work where i had to form the llc and now i'm just having to grow and develop it and so really based off where your business is and what kind of business you have whether that's an llc or a corporation that will influence the tax forms that you need to file but it's crucial that before you even choose a tax software you need to know the forms that you need to file so if a cpa or a ta
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