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the main benefits of an LLC are liability protection credibility tax flexibility and easy startup ultimately creating a limited liability company LLC will help Safeguard your personal assets and help you grow your business small business owners prefer LLCs because they're relatively inexpensive and easy to manage let's go over all of the other benefits of an LLC right now here are the main benefits of an LLC one personal liability protection the main advantage of LLCs is that they provide members with personal liability protection this means that an owner's personal financial assets aren't in danger if the LLC goes into debt or is sued Sole proprietorships and general Partnerships don't offer this protection any business that carries even the lowest amount of risk should form an LLC keep in mind that owners can lose liability protection if they do something to pierce the llc's corporate veil this includes things like mixing personal finance accounts with business accounts and committing fraud a related advantage of an LLC is the charging order if one member has issues that could impact the LLC the charging order will protect the earnings and ownership Stakes of the other members and also allow the indebted member to continue their role in the company without giving the Creditor any power to run the business two tax options LLCs are subject to a pass-through taxation by default which means the llc's profits and losses pass through to each member's individual tax return and are taxed at the owner's personal tax rate as a pastor entity the LLC doesn't have to pay any federal corporate income tax this means that the owners can avoid double taxation which is not the case for owners of Corporations LLCs also have the option to be taxed as either SC Corporation C Corp or an S corporation S Corp which may be beneficial depending on a few factors three inexpensive to form LLCs are generally inexpensive to form and maintain the main cost of forming a limited liability company LLC is the state filing fee this fee ranges by state for easy to form compared to C Core and s-core LLCs are very easy to start you should be able to form an LLC on your own without the help of an attorney if you don't feel comfortable going through the process yourself and would like professional help then watch the video till the end to know about the second option of starting your LLC which is filing with the help of an LLC formation service online 5. less paperwork corporations are more regulated than LLCs and have considerably more paperwork LLCs are not required to have a board of directors keep meeting minutes or hold shareholder meetings this means much less time and money spent on keeping records and filing compliance related documents small business owners should only form a corporation versus LLC if they need to attract investors 6. management flexibility LLCs can decide between member managed versus manager managed structures member managed means that the members are actively involved in managing the company's operations in a manager managed LLC the members delegate the responsibility of managing the company to a manager who may or may not be a member in this case some or all members may act more as passive investors LLCs also aren't required to have a board of directors which allows management to be more independent 7 credibility forming an LLC is a step up in credibility from a sole proprietorship or partnership customers and other businesses will find an LLC more credible and starting an LLC can show people that you are taking your business seriously these are the main benefits of starting an LLC and I know there's a lot more but keeping these important ones in your mind would be enough as a head start on forming your own LLC if you don't want to go through all the hassle of filing an LLC on your own you can hire a professional LLC formation service to do that for you now let's talk about to form an LLC and that is hiring a professional formation service professional formation services do all the steps you should be doing on your own from filing necessary forms to acting as your registered agent you usually have to allocate a specific budget for this option Inc file is one of the best companies out there to help you form your LLC you can click on the link in the description to get access to this deal Inc file is one of a kind as it offers a free package with services such as preparing and filing your articles of organization well you still have to pay 237 for the state fees which you would have to do anyway if you chose the DIY option but looking at the bigger picture all other companies will still charge their service fee on top of State filing fees Inc file does not collect this fee this plan already includes a free registered agent for your first year of subscription and 119 annually moving forward if you decide to continue the service after the first year ink file's next packages are the gold and platinum packages which both have package fees already on top of the 237 dollar State fee each package has its own set of services which are all worthy of the subscription you are paying for the gold package offers you the benefits of filing reports and taxes for your LLC every year USA LLCs are required to file a state annual report this report is essentially an information update of your file so that the state knows who is now in charge and how to contact your company USA LLCs are also required to file state tax returns to make matters even more complicated your annual report and business privilege tax share a document and are due at the same time each year with the ink files gold package you won't have to scribble notes of these reports because Inc file will handle the whole process for you your platinum package also has these services in the bag with the unique edition of expedited filing getting a domain name and a business email which essentially increases your llc's credibility Inc file also has an exclusive partnership with Bank of America so you can easily open an eligible checking account for your business yes it is a must for your LLC to have a business account remember an LLC has limited liability for it is a separate entity from its members you may forfeit your liability protections if you combine your personal and business money and this is where the term piercing the corporate veil comes into play piercing the corporate veil is an LLC jargon that refers to the Court's action to hold you as the owner or member of an LLC personally liable for the llc's debts or actions now if you have been sued by some lawyer who sees a crack in your LLC they might resort to piercing the corporate veil in which you are in any position defeated this is why opening a separate bank account for your LLC is so important do you like the level of detail I'm providing you in my review so far if yes then make sure to let me know by liking my video and hitting that subscribe 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what does an LLC and now I'll see your limited liability company is popular type of business structure due to its flexibility and simplicity if you're a small business owner or entrepreneur starting an LLC is one of the best ways to establish credibility and protect your assets watch this video to get a quick overview of the main features of an LLC how an LLC protects your personal assets how LLC's are taxed the importance of an operating agreement and using a professional LLC formation service at the end we'll share some free resources to help you start your own LLC and follow your business dreams millions of new businesses are formed in America every year they are legally structured as one of several choices sole proprietorships general partnerships corporations or limited liability companies the structure chosen for a business will determine who owns the business how taxes are paid and who's liable if a lawsuit or debt arises each state has specific requirements on forming and maintaining a business structure for small business owners and entrepreneurs one of the most beneficial business structures to choose from is the LLC the limited liability company an LLC has several features that make it desirable the first is LLC's acts as a legal entity separate from its owners creating what is known as a corporate veil this protection keeps the owners personal assets secure in the event of a lawsuit or unpaid business debt the second is LLC's that pass through taxation when a corporation makes a profit net profit is taxed distributed to the owners and then taxed again as personal income and LLC's profits are not taxed thus the owners only pay tax on the revenue wants and the third is that business accounting and compliance can be complicated LLC's relative to other corporate structures streamline the formation and record-keeping burden making them easy even for single owner businesses to maintain these are the main reasons you might want to start an LLC for your business there are many other reasons as well for instance privacy which we will address later and the fact that LLC owners do not have to be US citizens or permanent residents if you want flexibility and simplicity LLC's are a great option for starting a new business Oh an LLC protects your personal assets if you operate your business as a sole proprietor a partnership and for example someone gets hurt on your premises or one of your products injures someone you can be sued as an individual and lose your personal assets your home your car etc an LLC protects the business owner by acting as a separate legal entity responsible for its own debts and lawsuits the distinction between owners and business structure is known as the corporate veil it's not enough to simply establish an LLC you'll need to preserve the corporate veil by signing documents as a representative of the company and not as an individual keeping personal and business finances separate following an operating agreement avoiding fraudulent activities and keeping up to date with annual filings you can learn more about the corporate veil at our website and research common forms of business insurance you can never completely prevent problems but to prepare for the worst and protect yourself in your business forming an LLC is a good first step while LLC's are taxed taxes are one of the most complicated parts of owning a business and the penalties are stiff if you fail to comply with the law LLC's are quite flexible on how you choose to be taxed which can be used to your benefit well the details are too much to cover in this video the most important things to know about LLC taxes are if you're a single-member LLC the IRS ignores the business structure in taxes you like at wooden individual the Alice's income is reported on your personal tax return at the end of the year if you have a multi-member LLC the LLC does not pay any income taxes and all profits are passed through to the members who then pay the IRS on their individual tax return well these are the default tax elections you can also opt for your LLC to be taxed as a corporation a C Corp or an S Corp regardless of your tax designation you'll need to file yearly with the IRS check out our federal tax guide or consult with an accountant for specific details on what forms you'll need to file as for state taxes because LLC's are typically pass-through entities individual members pay state taxes not the LLC itself however there are certain types of taxes LLC's may have to pay common forms of state tax you may have to pay include franchise tax sales tax withholding tax and unemployment insurance tax again you'll want to consult an accountant for details the importance of an operating agreement when forming an LLC the most essential document is the operating agreement an operating agreement is an internal document meaning it doesn't need to be filed with the state however it's a critical component of your LLC that outlines the essential ownership and member details of the organization the operating agreement is the foundation of your LLC a living document that gives your business credibility and helps maintain your corporate veil it will outline the management and voting rules capital contributions and distributions membership and dissolution practices and all the basic stipulations on how the companies operated we provide operating agreement templates at our site we also rate and recommend professional LLC services that can help you create a custom operating agreement whose professional corporate agents are secondary companies for hire that can help you form and maintain your LLC which we'll address next using a professional LLC formation service LLC's are formed at the state level and typically cost between 50 and 150 dollars for basic formation to officially form an LLC you'll file paperwork with your state's Secretary of State and once that's been processed you'll register for an EIN or employer identification number with the IRS your ein is like a social security number for your company and is necessary for taxes and banking you can do all this on your own to save money or you can hire a professional service for an additional fifty to one hundred and fifty dollars various providers have different packages but one service to consider is hiring a registered agent when you file your formation documents with the state they'll ask for a registered agent which is like a point of contact to receive mail and official papers an LLC's registered agent can be a member of the LLC or it can be a hired service a hired registered agents of great convenience they'll help you with getting your reports filed on time will keep your business mail separate and will be available at all regular business hours to accept official mail and legal papers on your LLC's behalf final an important additional benefit of using a services privacy a professional service will provide a level of privacy by withholding your personal name and home address from the LLC's contact information there are many reasons you might not want your personal information easily accessible and associated with your busines
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- Rickie Fritz
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I've studied space architecture at Concordia University, St. Paul in Saint Paul and I am an expert in philosophy of psychology. I usually feel blissful. My previous job was special forces officers I held this position for 18 years, I love talking about weight training and ant-keeping. Huge fan of Richard Branson I practice horse riding and collect cards.
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