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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 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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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- Ehtel Scheller, Staff Member
hi I'm Carla Dennis America's tax advisor and I know many of you probably have either a multi-member LLC or a single-member LLC did you know that there are differences between a multi-member LLC versus a single-member LLC aside from the number of members I want to tell you what those differences are because those differences began become very important if you are in a multi-member LLC you are going to default to a tax filing of a 1065 form that means that you're gonna be on a flow-through farm everybody's gonna share their pro rata share of the income and expenses but there's going to be a separate tax filing for that entity when you are a single-member LLC you're going to report the income and expenses in on your personal tax return and you are going to default to a Schedule C or perhaps a Schedule E if you are a single-member LLC doing residential rental or rental property period so I'd like you to think about that for a second because if you are an LLC why are you an LLC an LLC is a limited liability company limited liability if you default to a single-member LLC and you get yourself in a lawsuit or slinky and they want to see the books and records and the tax return of the business what will you have to give them as a single-member LLC you would have to give them your personal income tax return because your personal income tax return is where you report the income and expense of your single-member LLC when you are a multi-member LLC you have your own tax form over here and yes the income will ultimately flow through to your personal income tax return but it has a separate tax filing it's on its own and you're able to shelter people from being able to see your personal finances also something very important if that LLC gets audited the LLC gets audited the IRS is looking at the LLC return but if the LLC gets out of it and it's inside your personal tax return I wonder if your personal tax return is getting audited I wonder if IRS is going to look at something as it pertains to your personal information so I always like to think from the perspective of lowering tax lowering risk lowering liability and when I'm looking from that lens and that lens only I prefer a multi-member LLC something for you to really think about and when you're deciding who's going to be a part of those members who's going to be in your LLC don't just think about today you got to think about the long range plan when you're putting members inside of your LLC because it's almost like being married and that is an interesting scenario that you have to navigate in the event of audits and any event of other things so make sure that when you're deciding on a multi-member or a single-member that you look at some of those differences you
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