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do I have to pay California's $800 franchise fee for my LLC Amanda here from the business finance coach where I'm simplifying accounting taxes and business planning if this sounds like something you're interested in you can subscribe to my youtube channel while still watching this video by clicking the watermark in the bottom right corner of your screen back to the California Franchise Tax fee of $800 so do you really have to pay this fee you can see the state web site behind me you just search ftb.ca.gov and you can just search FTB $800 LLC California and up will come the links for this site it does sound a little confusing as you'll see in this graph here where they talk about the annual California fee and then they talk about incomes greater than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars now just to verify I actually called and spoke to the state and part of why this is confusing is because there's two fees or taxes that apply to your LLC if you have an LLC in the state you have to pay the $800 franchise tax fee every year everyone really pays the $800 fee for any LLC formed in the state the second aspect is if you have an annual LLC fee which is in addition to that $800 fee which you pay every year as long as the income is less than 250,000 in your business you don't have to worry about an additional tax but once your gross income sales goes above 250,000 then you will have an additional tax to pay to the state of California the next thing I want to show you is the amount of that additional tax here we are in the instructions and this is where you'll see the amounts of the second feed two hundred fifty thousand to four hundred and ninety nine nine nine nine a dollar short of five hundred thousand pay $900 five hundred to a million right before million pay twenty five hundred dollars a million to almost five million pay six thousand dollars and then the next bracket over five million pay eleven thousand seven ninety like many things taxes you know it's like the person making 1 million is paying the same as the person making four point five million so you know is it fair I don't know but regardless this is the tax for California and then you can see that they give a an example down here and they go through for each business the annual tax which is that eight hundred dollar fee plus the LLC fee so the annual tax is eight hundred and the LLC fee is based on if you earn more than two hundred fifty thousand and your income and so I know that that's a little confusing I'd love to hear any questions you have in the comments below if you enjoyed this video let me know otherwise subscribe I'll see you next time have a beautiful day bye
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- Celine Cassa, Staff Member
so you want to form an llc in california let me show you exactly how to do it directly with the state let's open up a new tab and go to sos.ca.gov this will take you to the california secretary of state website the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to scroll down to business and we're going to click on this little arrow this will take us to the business section of the website the next thing that we want to click on is biz file online if you want to learn more you can click on these links down here but biz file online will get you to where you want to go we have a couple categories here entities liens info trademarks we're going to stick to the business entity section and we're actually going to click on register a business however remember the screen it's important because every year you have to file a statement of information with the state so if you have an llc make sure you come back here every year and fill this out i think it's like 20 bucks if you want to reserve a name you can do that here but we're just going to go ahead and register the business so let's click on the top option ok we have all kinds of stuff on this page so which one should you choose well if you want to just reserve a name you can do that by clicking these but what we want to do is limited liability company initial filings this is the category we're looking for so now you have three options you can register it if you're an out of state llc and you need to register in california you can do that there if you want to convert your corporation into an llc you could do that here or if you want to form a new one you can do that right here the articles of organization or california llc you can see that it's going to cost us about 70 bucks to do it this is the cheapest method go ahead and click file online i'm going to create an account sign in and show you how to do the rest three hours later great you made an account and you got to this page the system just recently changed with the secretary of state this right here is the privacy warning basically telling you that everything that's contained in your application is public the refund policy intellectual property rights etc you have to agree to it to get to the next step now we're going to get to the submitter information the submitter information is whoever is actually filling out the paperwork this is not public this is just for this state to communicate with you on this specific application now we're at the professional services notice section so what this is telling you is that not all professional services can be llc's in california llcs offer so much protection that they don't want doctors and chiropractors and people that practice a licensed trade to have that much protection so in order to find out if that's you you need to go to this website right here which looks like this very useful tool i highly suggest you put in your trade to see what kind of licenses and permit requirements are required for you as a good rule of thumb if you're someone who has a high chance of getting sued for malpractice like chiropractors dentists doctors lawyers things like that definitely double check on this section we're going to hit next step and we're not going to worry about it we're going to form an llc anyway okay now we're getting to the naming part so if you've already reserved a name you can click yes and it will give you the option to select your reserved name for your account but if you haven't reserved a name for your limited liability company click on no and then we're going to type in the name here in this case we're going to do vanitar business school because i have one and then we're going to confirm the name as well uh i didn't put an llc or a valid designation at the end that's because you have to put the words llc ltd l.l dot c something like that i always stick to the default llc because it's the easiest to type it's the least amount of characters and it looks the best so once you have llc at the end of your name it will accept it and you can hit next this next part is the street address of the principal office of the llc so wherever your business headquarters are going to be you need to use that as an address you can't use po boxes but you can use your house you can also use ups mailbox as long as it's not a po box just know that whatever address you put in here it is going to be public record anybody that looks up your company on the california website will be able to see your address if you don't want to use your home address or if you want to pay somebody to use their address for you you can abandon this process here and go to inkfile.com i'll leave a link in the description below it's a website or in a service that helps you file llcs but also gives you the option of paying them 20 a month and they'll use their own address for you so you can remain anonymous whenever you get mail they scan it open it email it to you it's great that way you don't have to be tied to one address or if anonymity or having your stuff public is important to you it's a great option you can also go get a virtual address in california and use the virtual address in this section if you want to but some people still like to use their homes i'm going to fill all this out and we're going to go to the next section 3 hours later we've now reached the agent for service of process also known as a registered agent registered agents exist to accept mail on your behalf in case the government needs to reach you or send you something important they don't want to have to go track you down in cancun if you're on spring break they want to be able to get it to you directly so we every business has to have a registered agent you can be your own registered agent that's totally fine as long as you're willing to accept mail and there's someone there to take it if you don't want to be your own registered agent you can do a couple things you can hire another company and set up something with them for like 100 bucks a year and they will give you their address to use and be a registered agent you can ask your attorney to be a registered agent you can ask a parent or a friend who is always at home to be a registered agent you can be your own registered agent or once again you can bail on this process go over to inkfile.com using the link below and during the application process they will give you the option to just click a button and use them as your registered agent i think they charge about 100 a year and the first year is free lots of options choose whatever is best for you if you choose a corporate agent you'll have to choose them from the list because there's a list of approved agents if you're going to choose an individual just go ahead and put the address in right now i'm going to do this now we'll move on three hours later this part's fun this is how your llc is actually set up and who's in control you have three options you have one manager you have more than one manager or all members all members is the most common choice it's considered a member managed llc when all members of the llc have equal rights you can choose all llc mem
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