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okay how to file your taxes as an llc owner let's discuss it now in order to do this we have to break this video down into two sections because you have the single member llc and then you have the multi-member llc and although they are both limited liability companies or llcs the tax returns are prepared and filed a little bit differently and i want to make sure that you are filing your taxes correctly in 2022 so today i'll be going over what tax returns you need to file as an llc owner what you need to record and what you need to put in your tax return how to pay your current and future taxes and any tips and faqs along the way so you stay out of trouble with the irs so if all that sounds good to you make sure you like this video while the intro plays hey there and welcome to our channel i'm sean with life accounting the accounting firm that is dedicated to helping you save on taxes and building more wealth and also i want to say thank you to everyone who has been subscribing and joining our channel we really appreciate the support and it gives us the positive reinforcement to continue making youtube videos alright so step number one what tax return do you need to file as an llc owner well as i mentioned it depends on what type of llc you have let's go over all three so you have a single member llc which means you are the sole owner of your limited liability company and you have no partners that means you will need to file your taxes using forms schedule c and schedule se and that can be found on the us 1040 the individual income tax return now the schedule c portion is used to report the income and expenses you incurred as a part of your business schedule se is also required to be included with your tax return as a single member llc because it is used to calculate your self-employment tax liability and schedule se stands for self-employment now i'll break down exactly what goes on as schedule c in just a second but before we do let's talk about the multi-member llc now if you have a multi-member llc that means you have at least one other partner in your business so there are at least two llc members if that's you then what you guys need to do is file u.s form 1065 the partnership return of income okay this form allows you to clearly allocate the portion of income and losses to each partner hey sean look i can split my profits with myself okay kind of like that now this form must be filed by the business tax deadline which is usually march 15th now there are about three pages on the 1065 forum which covers all your income and expenses as well now lastly if you have an llc regardless of if it is a single member llc or a multi-member llc and you have elected to be taxed as an s-corporation which by the way being taxed as an s-corporation allows you to eliminate some of the self-employment tax which is great for businesses who are making at least seventy thousand dollars in net income anyway llcs who have been elected to be taxed as an s corporation need to file us form 1120s the income return for s corporations and this form mainly ensures that owner employees are paying themselves a reasonable salary and calculate the distributions earned from the company this tax return also must be filed by the business tax deadline which is usually march 15th now llc partnerships in s corporations still need to file a normal 1040 form for their individual tax purposes as well alright so now that you know which tax forms you need to file let's move into number two what you need to record on your tax return now the tax code and the irs are very simple okay they want to know who you are and they want to know what integrity might i add how much money you made and what percentage of that should be allocated towards your taxes and that's the case for every business regardless of which tax return you need to file which by the way if you need professional assistance with tax planning and tax preparation then consider working with our team there will be a link in the description below where you can sign up for more information so the next step step number two for every llc owner is to record information about you and your business on your tax return you're gonna need to record stuff like your business name your business address your business ein number your principal business or profession like what you sell your principal business code or activity code your accounting method if you materially participated in the operations of the business if you just started or acquired the business and if you needed to file any 1099 forms as well as any other important information about your business the irs will ask you additional questions so they know everything there is to know after that then you can move into step number three and look at the next section on the schedule c general partnership form an 1120s tax form which is income reporting in this section the irs wants to figure out what your gross income was for your business now you may receive one or multiple 1099 miscellaneous forms or 1099 net forms to report exactly how much income you made and if you had a lot of online sales then you may also receive a 1099k form to report your income with as well hey sean look i'm reporting all my income forms okay kind of like that now once you have all your income reported then it's time to move on to step number three record your qualified business expenses now most platforms and companies make it pretty easy to find out what your gross income was for the year but expenses well not so much okay it's up to you to make sure you are tracking or bookkeeping all your expenses throughout the tax year now once you have all your expenses and transactions categorized and organized then you can move on to step number four and start recording your expenses on your tax return okay you're going to want to record any asset purchases that you made throughout the tax year any direct qualified expenses you spent money on such as advertising fees meals employee benefits etc and if you had cost of goods so you want to make sure you complete that section as well as well as any vehicle expenses you may have incurred as well now once you have listed all your qualified expenses or tax deductions or tax write-offs then you will arrive at your net income which will determine your total taxable income what tax bracket you fall into and what taxes you need to pay if you haven't already done so and all of that is calculated pretty quickly when you file on the 1040 form with a schedule c after that then you can move into step number five which is to go ahead and record any other individual activity on your tax return and then file your taxes however if you completed step number four within a 1065 partnership tax return or an 1120s tax return then step number five is for you to obtain your k1 document okay this k1 document is used to distribute each partnership share of current income deductions credits and other special items on their tax return so basically you need to file your 1065 or your 1120s again by the business tax deadline which is usually march 15 and then file your k1 document on your
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hey everyone chad pavel cpa here the big question i often get from first-time entrepreneurs very very very very often is how do i pay myself and how do i pay taxes on a single member llc all right so this is your first time opening a business if you've never run an llc before you've never had a tax return and you're just thinking about how do i actually pay myself and how do i make sure that i'm keeping track of all the profit and loss how do i pay taxes i don't want to have penalties and interest how do i stay on top of all this stuff so you're definitely asking yourself the right question so what i've done is i've created a quick little whiteboard presentation where i'm going to show you what it really takes to first track your profit and losses within an llc and then second how your income actually carries over to your tax return and then number three how to actually pay taxes on your llc profits all right so as you can see we've got a blank slate right here and what we're going to do is we're just going to assume that you are an owner a 100 owner of a single member llc and then you live here in the united states if you've got multiple members if you have you know if you live outside of the us if you own multiple llc's this will certainly get more complex but just to make things very very simple again we have one us individual and you own 100 of an llc all right so that's really just what we need to start with so i'm just going to create the llc entity basically and that's going to be called your co your co llc and obviously we need to put you up here so let's just put you as the single owner so you own 100 percent and you're happy because you own a very awesome profitable business so you own 100 again of this llc so let's again assume that you've been in business this is going to be the business that's been going for let's say a year let's say you started in february or march and now it's december and you have concluded the business operation so let's just talk about how to make some money uh so we're going to actually show you making money let's say you did 200 000 in revenues or sales same thing all right so you got two hundred thousand dollars going into the business and let's say that you have uh spent one hundred thousand dollars to run the business so you've got a hundred thousand in business deductions expenses whatever you want to call them so obviously the big simple math here is 200 minus 100 you've got a hundred thousand dollars in taxable profits put that in green so you made 100 000 on this business this year first of all it's a pretty darn good number especially for your first year in business and so you've got a hundred thousand dollars in profit so the first thing to note is how do i pay myself well as a single member llc owner there's really only one way to pay yourself and that is you take money out of the business bank account and you write yourself a check you send yourself an ach or a venmo or really anything to get the money out of the llc's business bank account that's it that is how you pay yourself there's no additional tax on you taking money out of a single member llc it's actually taxed the same way as a sole proprietorship in the sense that again all you really are doing is taking money out of the business bank account and writing yourself a check now there are some things to consider here obviously you got to make sure there's enough money in the bank account and so the question really then is well whether i take twenty thousand out or maybe i take all hundred thousand of my profits out what am i gonna pay taxes on so that's the second thing but again number one is you simply you simply write a check and that's how you pay yourself and you call that a draw so there's really no payroll you're not taking a paid check you're not writing yourself a 10.99 there's no guaranteed payments as we call them in partnership or multi-member llc land but if you're a single member llc owner you simply write yourself a check for how much money you need and you'll get an idea of how much you need to live on after you get the business really rocking and rolling but that's as simple as it can be the second thing is how you pay taxes well you're gonna pay taxes on the businesses profits all right so it's as simple as that you're gonna pay taxes on your business profits and here's the other caveat regardless of how much money you take out of your single member llc in the form of salary or draw we'll call it a draw regardless of how much you take out you're still going to pay tax on the profits and the profits of the business we just calculated are 100 000 so here's how that works let's move over to the right a little bit on your individual tax return or your married filing jointly tax return which is your form 10 40. if you take a look at it right now you're going to see a couple of different things you're going to see wages you're going to see other income you'll see all sorts of different inputs basically you're going to have a separate schedule it's called a schedule c and you're going to have a schedule c for every single member llc or sole proprietorship enterprise that you have going on in your life so a different schedule c so in this schedule scene this is a schedule c you're going to have a profit and loss statement it's going to show various details of your 200 000 in income and you have various details of your 100 000 in expenses but in the end it's going to show a 100 000 profit all right now here is how you pay taxes on that hundred thousand dollar profit on your individual tax return you're gonna have this schedule c but basically you're gonna have all this carry forward over and it's gonna have a line item for one hundred thousand dollars for income from your business basically and so that is going to be part of your taxable income your 100 000 now let's say that you are married and you also have a day job let's say this was just a side hustle well you're going to have income from your job you're going to have wages and salaries so let's say that you have a hundred thousand dollars also from your day job let's say your spouse has makes 125 000 so you're gonna have 100 plus 125 which is 225 in wages on your tax return you have a hundred thousand dollars in you know business income we'll call it schedule c income and on this income you're probably not going to have taxes withheld uh you the way you actually need to make sure you pay enough tax is that you account for the income you're going to have and you make some estimated tax payments so basically in a nutshell as simply as possible your inputs or the money in your income is going to be the combination of you and your spouses if you're married wages from day jobs and then all of your earnings from your various llc ownerships and again in this case it's really simple it's a single member llc that you own you and your spouse make 225 in wages the business made it a hundred thousand in income so on its simplest simplest level you're gonna pay tax not just on the 225 and hopefully you've taken out enough on your salaries but you're gonna have also the one hu
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