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hey this is attorney Elizabeth potts-weinstein and today we're going to talk about whether or not you can have multiple businesses under just one LLC an LLC or limited liability company is a business entity that you can form to protect yourself personally from liability issues of your business and there's also some other benefits about taxes and things like that now if you form an LLC there are certain costs that go into form of the LLC maintaining it paying franchise fee taxes all this kind of stuff so you may Wonder well if I have a new project a new website I have this YouTube channel I'm doing some Consulting work I'm selling a new product over here do I need to form LLCs for all these different projects the short answer is you can put all your different projects under one LLC but there are times where you don't want to so let's break that down if you put all your various projects under one LLC there are definitely benefits to doing that fewer costs because you're setting up one LLC less hassle because all the forms and all the stuff that you need to file and create you only got to do that one time all the expenses are put together so they can all share the same accounts and services and software and all that kind of stuff and there are some tax benefits to putting everything together if one of the businesses has a loss that gets wrapped into the other business that makes a profit and so it looks like you're not making as much money because the bottom line is you're not taking home any more money so it makes sense that you're paying fewer taxes however there are a couple problems with having everything in the same LLC for first you have to have the same ownership structure for those various projects perhaps this one project over here you're Consulting you're doing completely on your own over here this website business you're in a venture with a friend and so having that all in the same legal entity doesn't make a lot of sense the next aspect is that all these projects are inside the same LLC so they're all liable to each other so let's say you have one project where you're taking on a lot of debt there's a lot of inventory and it loses money it goes under and then your project over here that does awesome is making all kinds of money and is making you a profit for you to take home it's actually liable for this business so you can't just file bankruptcy and have this business go under this business has to pay off the debts of this other business and that may not be what you're looking for in certain situations so when does it make sense to have one LLC with all your projects in it first there's only one owner it's just you the project are relatively low risk so you're not taking on debt you're not likely to get sued so you're not really worried about the liability issue for the projects to each other third is that a lot of these projects are kind of new experimental ideas that you're working on and it doesn't make sense to do the expense of forming a new LLC and last you want the tax benefit of putting everything together you've talked to your tax person and that makes sense in your situation when do you not want to put them all together in one LLC first is the ownership structure is different that's just not going to work it's not going to be practical second is if one of the businesses is high risk it's taking a lot of debt it has a lot of inventory it has a lot of employees there's potential litigation issues because the kind of industry you're in you want to keep that separate from your other projects third if you want to sell off part of the business if there's one of your projects that you're developing to sell to a bigger company you're going to eventually want that to be separate you don't have to start out with it being separate but you're eventually going to want to spit it off so it can be sold as a separate project and lastly there can be tax benefits to having your various projects in different LLCs that's kind of beyond the scope of this video the exact tax benefits and it really depends upon the exact businesses you have sometimes splitting off real estate or the business that has employed a lot of employees or the business that owns all the intellectual property there can be great tax reasons to split off at even parts of a business or entire businesses from each other they can then do transactions with each other and do all kinds of creative tax things but that has to make sense in your particular situation so you want to talk to your Tax Advisor about that again this is Elizabeth Potts Weinstein if you have any questions about whether having just one LLC is a good idea in your situation feel free to ask them below and I will try to point you in the right direction thumbs up if you found this video helpful and subscribe if you'd like any more tips for small business owners thanks a lot for watching bye
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how's it going everybody welcome back taxes made simple the channel where i demystify tax information to make taxes simple and stress-free welcome back in in today's video we're going to be going over the difference between single member versus multi-member llc's that's right there are several different types of llcs and i know you guys are aware of that and each have their own rules and tax obligations and if you are thinking about starting an llc you need to know whether or not it makes sense to have a single member or if you should be setting up a multi-member and getting into partnership with somebody maybe the government views single member llc's different than they view multi-member llc's single member llc's are actually disregarded entities are you sure you want a disregarded entity learn more come on in and i'd like to take a moment to thank taylor brands for sponsoring this video more on them later right guys before we jump into the differences between single member and multi-member llc's let's go over a quick refresher of what llcs are so we all have the same understanding llc stands for limited liability company a limited liability company is just a type of business structure that limits the liability for the business owners that's all it is okay what this means is is that the llc's if the business incurs large debts that are called in or is sued the owners of the business cannot be personally held liable for the debts of the business only the business can be held liable and only the businesses assets are at stake this is opposed to other business structures such as sole proprietors in which business owners can be held personally liable for lawsuits or the company's debts now before we continue this video i'd like to briefly talk about the many challenges new entrepreneurs face when starting a new business being an entrepreneur myself i remember running into a lot of challenges trying to figure out who is going to set up my llc who is going to create my website who is going to create my logo who is going to run my email marketing i had all of these different hats that i had to wear and the list goes on and on and on as many of you guys know time is money so why not work smarter than harder this is why i want to introduce you guys to taylor brands right now taylor brands is the one stop shop for all aspiring business owners because taylor brands offers everything from logo making they can offer your domain a website creation a business card printed for you merchandising and now they even provide llc services all on their website so it makes it truly a one-stop shop making it super easy for any new business owner who's getting launched an easy way for them to get launched for an affordable price right now taylor brands is only charging about 3.99 so spending money with them and doing research is how you can get your business off the ground and brand yourself correctly if you're interested in learning more visit the link below let's get back to this video okay now that we've done a little quick refresher on llc's let's talk about single member llcs and multi-member llc's a single member llc first is an llc in which one person has complete control over full ownership of that llc however the llc is still considered its own legal entity separate from the owner owners of these type of businesses they do not have to worry about their personal bank accounts their personal houses cars retirement accounts savings accounts etc being seized to pay for a debt or reliability of the business this provides single member llc owners with a level of insulation from the risks associated with their businesses so this liability limitation is essential for helping single member llc owners to feel confident enough to conduct business and to take certain risks that are necessary for the expansion of business or else we would probably not see as many business owners we have today for example without liability limitations a business owner might not feel comfortable enough to take a 50 000 loan to grow his business because he might be worried that he will have to end up paying this back if something were to go south or he might have to give up at his house in order to cover the debt if everything goes south with the business but with limited liability protection of a single more llc he might feel secure enough to take the risk which might be vital to taking his business to the next level and having this protection is especially important for single member llc owners because they run their businesses by themselves without any other partners this is because they would have to shoulder the full burdens and debts and liabilities of the businesses themselves if something were to go wrong with the company in such a case they wouldn't have any partners to help them for tax purposes guys single member llcs are considered pass-through entities this means that the taxes pass through the llc directly to the owner meaning the owner is the only one taxed once for his or her income through the llc and the llc is not taxed separately okay senior member llc owners are required to pay self-employment taxes on their taxable income welcome to my channel and multi-member llc owners are too now let's talk a little bit more though about the multi-member llc because multi-member llc's are completely different than single member llcs it clearly means you have multiple members multi-member llc's can have unlimited amount of owners so two people could form a multi-member llc together 10 people can form a multi-member llc together a thousand people could form a multi-member llc together and etc when it comes to forming either a single or multi-member llc in america most states are very open about who can form one for example all the following people that i'm about to list can form either a single member or a multi-member llc in most states in america if you're one a sovereign citizen two a non-us citizen three a non-us resident or for you are another llc or a corporation multi-member llcs are either member managed or manager managed and what i mean by that is member managed llcs are multi-member llc's in which all of the members are responsible for running the business together and a majority approval is required to enter into contracts into securing loans or just making other legal binding decisions this is a member managed llc a manager managed llc are multiple member llc's in which one person or a number of people acts as managers for the business and are responsible for running it managers can be members of the llc or third parties just like single member llc's just like single member llcs multi-member llcs limit liability for the llc owners and protect them from being held personally liable if there is a lawsuit or if there is a major debt that is owed by the company that is called in now it is important to note that both multi-member llc owners and single member llc owners can be held personally responsible if they commit a criminal act such as fraud or embezzlement so just because you have limited liability if you own an llc does not make you exempt from following the l
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