Questions tagged [limited-liability-company]

to be used for any question related to Company incorporated with Limited Liability. Abbreviated as LLC. LLC is a US specific term per se. Other countries have similar concepts but are called differently. Even if the question are for different countries, the tag "Limited-liability-company" is still recommended to be used as long as the meaning is same.

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Why would my job recruiter want me to form an LLC?

What are the benefits of forming an LLC when contracting for a high-paying job? My recruiter is asking me to do some tax things that I don't really understand. He's also a bit of a snake so I am ...
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Why cannot LLCs be used to negate increased risks when doing leveraged investments?

Let's say that I am confident that some investment will grow by 15% per year, and that I have 10K to invest, and I'd like to use leverage to invest 100K. What stops me from creating an LLC with 10K ...
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When should I start an LLC for my side work?

I am doing quite a bit of sidework this year and wondering at what point would it be a good idea to "start a business" and bill through that.
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Would it make sense to buy a rental property as an LLC and not in my own name?

I'm considering buying a rental property. Would it make sense forming an LLC and purchasing it in the name of my company, rather than owning it directly? Considerations: pros: I don't want my name ...
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Is income from a check taxed according to the date written or the date deposited?

Scenario Let's say I was given a check from an LLC on December 15 that was written to my LLC on that same day, and I cash it on January 15 the following year. Question Will I have to claim the ...
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Can I expense when buying my own lunch

I am organized as a single member LLC. And I work from home. I see that some corporations buy their employees lunch and expense it. My question is... Can I order lunch or go out to eat by myself and ...
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In what state should I register my web-based LLC?

DISCLAIMER: I understand that as a US corporation, you're required to pay taxes in whatever state you A) do business in, b) pay employees in, and c) have property in. I understand that registering in ...
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How to account for startup costs for an LLC from personal money?

If I start a business (LLC, specifically) and incur some of the startup costs with my own money, how do I account for this in the bookkeeping once the LLC's bank account is up and running? For ...
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What is the “California SOS file number” and where do I find it?

My LLC's taxes are due soon and I want to pay the $800 annual tax here in California. I'm a little confused about something I'm supposed to write on the check: the "Calfirnia SOS file number". Google ...
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How to determine how much to charge your business for rent (in your house)?

I started a business this year and have a dedicated room in my home for this business. How do I determine the rate at which I will charge the business rent for the space?
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Do I have to pay rent to my father when the home is owned by a family LLC I partially own? [closed]

I am inquiring about an LLC-owned property that I am renting. I, along with my three brothers, are owners of the LLC. My parents bought the house originally but then the LLC bought the property and ...
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Setting up general ledger/tax reporting for a Real Estate Rental LLC in GnuCash

I have downloaded the GnuCash accounting software for use with our real-estate rental LLC, in hopes of following more universal accounting practices and determining our individual cash basis, but my ...
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Bank claims I'm personally liable for small business fees; despite leaving the company?

I opened a small business (partnership) a while ago and was a signer on a company account. I later left that company, with the other partner being responsible for whathaveyou, but was apparently never ...
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How can I invest my personal money in my own Limited company in the UK?

I registered a Limited company in the UK one year ago and I am the sole shareholder and sole director of the company. Now I want to invest £50k in the company so that I can buy products and rest of ...
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I am the sole owner of an LLC. Does it make a difference if I file as an S-Corp or a sole-member LLC?

As an LLC with one owner, I had the option of filing using Schedule C on my household taxes, effectively treating business income (in this case, losses) as I would a sole proprietorship. My plan had ...
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Am I required to file taxes on an LLC that made no money?

I live in NY and created my LLC in November 2017. I didn't have any revenue for the two months of activity. Am I required to file taxes for 2017 on that LLC? I can't imagine that they would want to ...
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What are the costs to establish an LLC and to maintain it?

What's the average (approximately) cost to open a basic LLC in Florida state or in NY state? (FYI in my case is to buy an house in Miami and rent it. I already have a bank account in the U.S.) What's ...
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Sole proprietorship or LLC?

At what point in the life of a small business would you choose to do a LLC over a sole proprietorship? What's the advantage, and what's the cost of doing an LLC?
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How to receive packages pseudonymously?

I've incorporated an LLC and do business through it under a pen name. I'd like to receive packages at this LLC, addressed to my pen name, without having them sent to my home address. What's the most ...
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How do LLC losses affect personal income taxes in the US?

I know that LLCs have the benefit of pass-through taxation in the US and that any profits realized by the LLC are recorded as income by the LLC members, thus increasing their taxable income. What is ...
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LLC with $100K Profit - How to Reduce Taxable Income via Spending and Investments?

I'm a US citizen with a US-based single-member LLC operating in the internet space that will have $100K of profit / taxable income this year. I'm looking for ways to creatively (and legally) spend/...
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Should I purchase health insurance directly, or through my LLC?

I am currently in the market for health insurance and have an LLC with myself as the sole employee. I would like to know the advantages vs the disadvantages to purchasing through my business. Also how ...
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Can I set up a second 401(k) at my LLC?

I have a 401(k) at work. I also have an LLC. Can I start a second 401(k) and contribute an additional $16,500?
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How can I withdraw money from my LLC?

I am the sole member of an LLC. I am going to open up a bank account for it. I have $5,000 that I want to open it with. If I understand correctly, I am allowed to pay myself from the profits at the ...
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What are the benefits and downsides to an LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship vs. Individiual?

As a followup to my previous question, what benefits are there for an LLC vs. a Sole Proprietorship? What are advantages and disadvantages to both and also vs. just being paid as a person?
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UK - Closed Company, Bank has frozen the remaining funds

I recently closed my small business and left a few hundred £s in the business account with Barclays. After receiving notification that the company has been officially struck off, I contacted Barclays ...
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Off-the-shelf Computer Software Depreciation

For the 2018 tax year, I'm looking to take 100% bonus depreciation on software expenses for my US (California) based LLC. While the tax code states that "Off-the-shelf computer software" is eligible ...
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How does one's personal credit history affect one's own company's credit rating?

Quick background: I have no intention whatsoever on actually getting any loan. However, to accept online credit card payments (eg. via Paypal Payments Pro), merchant account providers determine ...
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Solo-401k interaction with employer sponsored 401k. Limits of contribution from Schedule C income

I'm quitting a job at the end of this year. I want to start a solo-401k for all my schedule C income and I have a couple of concerns: If my employer were to, for some reason, pay me in 2015 some ...
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Owning properties through an LLC - how to split the LLC expenses?

I own some rental properties through my LLC. While most of the expenses can be attributed to a property and find their way to schedule E, I'm puzzled about the LLC expenses... In California its ...
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Is PAYE Mandatory for Making Salary Payments

I am the director of a limited company in England and Wales and am the only worker and shareholder. I understand that it is advantageous for me to draw a salary from the company and also take some ...
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Is this formula accurate for weighing the difference between an S-Corp and LLC?

I have been doing much research before deciding on a S-Corp or LLC for an online start-up (2 people, software as a service). I've read lots of explanations of the two and their differences and I've ...
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What is considered a business expense on a business trip?

Scenario: I own my own business (LLC). There is a business-related conference that I wish to attend that requires travel. I assume airfare, cabs, hotel and conference tickets are all obvious ...
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Independent contractors and new U.S. tax law

I make about $70,000 a year working as a contractor. Currently, I operate as a sole proprietorship. I invoice my clients using my personal name (I don't even have a business name), and they pay me ...
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Is it possible to add a person to an existing LLC?

I have an existing LLC of which I am the sole owner/agent. I would like to add my spouse to the LLC as the second owner/agent. My reason for doing this is because I would like to file taxes for the ...
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Tax deduction for stuff I bought before LLC was formed?

I bought $10,000 worth of materials (with my personal credit card) for a new business. I formed a domestic LLC (USA) about 3 weeks later. Can I "sell" or "transfer" this startup cost to my LLC (which ...
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I'm about to be offered equity by my employer. What should I expect?

I'm not expecting to potentially be screwed over in any way (this is being given to me alongside a raise and a promotion so it's more of a cherry on top.) I was told in passing that I'll be vested at ...
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Corporate structure for sole purpose of gambling… LLC vs S Corp?

I need advice as to what would be the best-perceived corporate structure for a gambling entity: sole person LLC or S Corporation. I am a sports bettor; I live in Las Vegas, NV. I only bet on NBA ...
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Does a US LLC owned by a non-resident alien have to pay US taxes if it operates exclusively online?

I'm a European citizen living in Europe. I intend to register a Limited Liability Company in the US to sell Wordpress themes and do some affiliate marketing. My target will be all English speaking ...
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What's the difference between TaxAct and TurboTax?

I've always used TurboTax, but found an edition of TaxAct that will do state, federal plus schedule c for about 33 percent of the price of the Turbotax edition? Does TaxAct not do some important ...
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Can a husband and wife who are both members of the same LLC file a joint tax return?

My question is basically summed up in the title. My wife and I are active members of a new LLC which also has other members. The LLC is taxed as a partnership, so profit/loss is simply passed through ...
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How can I save LLC fees when investing in Arizona real estate from California

My sister, brother and I (who live in California) want to invest our money in Arizona real estate. We would like to hold the property in an LLC for liability reasons, and we would really like that LLC ...
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Which is better when working as a contractor, 1099 or incorporating?

When working as a contractor, is it better to work as a 1099 contractor or rather incorporate as a C, S or LLC corporation? (with one employee/owner/board member) (assuming that the pay is the same ...
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Avoiding self-employment tax and maximizing retirement contributions

This is a follow-up to the answer to this question. Suppose you have a single-member LLC that makes $200k and that you would like to contribute the annual maximum of $54k to a SEP IRA. Is it ...
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Adding spouse to single member LLC to reduce taxes

Suppose husband has a single member LLC, has a SEP IRA, and makes more than enough to max out annual SEP contributions. I'm curious if the wife could be added to the LLC to allow the wife to also ...
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What are the tax implications of lending to my own LLC?

Well, as I mentioned before, I'm buying rental property under the name of my LLC (California). I used cash for the purchases, but the initial investment I made in the company was not enough to cover ...
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What are the tax benefits of a LLC vs a sole proprietorship?

What tax benefits would I receive by changing my sole proprietorship to an LLC? Can the LLC do things like own a company car?
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Advantages of Shareholder over Director in new Company

I am forming a small company with a few others (in Australia). I can elect to be a director if I wish, or merely a shareholder. In either case, the shares will be evenly distributed between us. I ...
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How does LLC ownership work in relation to U.S. tax law?

If an established LLC business offers ownership to a new member, will that member owe federal tax even though that member has still not realized any gain? Let's say for example the LLC is worth $10M ...