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As you start a new business or expand an existing enterprise, you will benefit from considering your options for the legal structure of your business. It will usually be beneficial to seek advice from legal and financial professionals, in determining the form which will best serve your business and tax planning needs.
An LLC may opt to be taxed in the same manner as a C Corporation, in the event that it would benefit from being able to retain income and pay taxes on that income at the corporate tax rate. If you want to become familiar with the description and the contents of Delaware LLC incorporation packages, offered by Coddan and to find above, what kind of service is included in this or that Delaware incorporation package, to get an idea about the price of annual renewal of the service, and about the general legal requirements to the Delaware LLC formation, please, select the package you need from the list, situated on top of this page.
Coddan provides a comprehensive range of online LLC incorporation services: limited liability company (LLC) formation services, S corporation registration services, and non-profit incorporation services for businesses and organizations nationwide and internationally.
We also provide a lot of information to help inform you about incorporation and related processes. Our popular domestic total package includes checking and reserving your preferred corporate name, preparing and filing your certificate of incorporation/formation, promptly forwarding the filed copy of the certificate of incorporation/formation to you, providing the required statutory expert services free for the remainder of the first calendar year.
International clients often add a package with a certified copy of certificate with apostille, deluxe corporate kit, and courier delivery services. After establishing your corporation or LLC, we can provide support services, such as registered expert representation. We also offer a wide variety of helpful products and services - including corporate documents and supplies, books and guides, Delaware services, IRS form preparation services, and more.
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The explanation of LLC encompasses a popular type of business set up. LLC stands for Limited Liability Company and is a very popular choice of incorporation. It is a mix between a partnership and a corporation, with protections in place to separate personal and business liability. Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are fast becoming the most popular type of entity in USA. As the name suggests, the LLC limits the liability (responsibility) of its individual members for some business-related obligations and debts. LLCs are also preferred for estate planning and real estate holdings.
LLCs came about in 1977 and allows for the company to pay taxes on individual profits, while still staying separate from personal affairs. The basic explanation of LLC and why it is popular is for self employed and small home businesses. However, depending on how large the LLC is, there can be managers set up that are the only ones that pay the self employment tax.
To form a LLC in America, you must fill out the proper paperwork. This involves completing articles of organization and turning them into the state. There are also various fees and taxes that must be paid, and will be discussed during the state's explanation of LLC.
The explanation of LLC's organization is comparable to that of a standard partnership or even shareholders. Unless the LLC is set up with managers, all the individuals within the company have a say in all decision making. There are a number of ways that the business can be structured, however, where decision making and profit interests can be kept apart. That is something the members of the LLC would decide.
There are three main advantages in the explanation of LLC. Firstly, pass through taxation is the most telling reason for people to choose LLCs. This enables profits and losses to be taxed only one time, and makes it easier to keep track of taxes. The second is that the liability of the company is the money that the person invests in the LLC, therefore helping to keep it separate from personal assets. The last is for a very flexible structure in both the organization and the management, which helps keep the business on track.
Most states require an LLC to file a short annual report form with the same state filing office where your articles of organization were filed - typically the Secretary or Department of State's office, in the state capital.
Annual report forms are printed and supplied by the LLC filing office and are mailed out to LLCs annually. These forms typically require basic biographical information, such as the names and addresses of current LLC members and/or managers and the name and address of the LLC's registered expert and office for service of legal process. In some states, you can leave items blank if there is no change in the information from the previous annual report filing. Your LLC will need to obtain a federal employer identification number (FEIN) using IRS Form SS-4 and to register as an employer in your state.
Except in Massachusetts, where at least two people are required, oneperson can own an LLC any place in the United States. As a result, it is now routine for a sole proprietor to convert his existing businesses to a one-person LLC, and equally as common for a one-person start-up to organize as an LLC. But, of course, there are also many small businesses with two or more members that form LLCs. Businesses with more than a few members often follow the LLC manager-managed approach. Setting up your own LLC is easy-it should take you relatively little time to turn your idea for an LLC into a legal reality. In most states, one person-called the "LLC organizer" - can prepare and file all of the necessary paperwork on behalf of the other initial members of the LLC.
Generally, there are no restrictions on foreign ownership of a company formed in the United States. The procedure for a foreign citizen to form a company in the United States is the same as for a US resident. It is not necessary to be a US citizen or to have a green card to own a corporation or limited liability company formed in the United States.
To receive pass-through profit distributions, a foreign citizen may form a limited liability company. In contrast, all profit distributions (called dividends) made by a C corporation are subject to double taxation. (Under US tax law, a nonresident alien may own shares in a C corporation, but may not own any shares in an S corporation).
In most states, the only formal legal step normally required to create an LLC is to prepare and file LLC Articles of Organization with your state's LLC filing office. (In some states, this organizational document is called a "Certificate of Organization" or a "Certificate of Formation.") A few states require an additional step, however: prior to filing your articles, you must publish your intention to form an LLC in a local newspaper.
The LLC filing office is usually the same one that handles your state's corporate filings, typically the Secretary or Department of State's office, located in the state's capital city. More populous states also often have branch offices in other major cities.
Your LLC articles of organization needn' be lengthy or complex. In fact, you may be able to prepare your own by filling in the blanks and checking the boxes on a form provided by your state's LLC filing office. Converting a partnership to an LLC may require a different form. Some states require pre-existing partnerships that are converting to an LLC to file a special articles form for their new LLC. This form is often called a certificate of conversion. Call your state's LLC filing office (or go online to the state website) to see if they have a special conversion form.
Note that your LLC articles will be rejected by the LLC filing office if the proposed name of your LLC is already in use by another LLC, corporation or other type of business in your state. The best way to make sure you don't run into this problem is to check with your state LLC filing office, before you settle on a name and prepare your paperwork, to see if your proposed name is available for your use.
Your proposed business name shouldn't be similar to another business's name or trademark. While the LLC filing office will tell you if another LLC in your state is already using your proposed name, you're on your own as to the names and trademarks of other businesses in your state and in the rest of the country. To be sure another business in your field isn't already using the name or trademark you want to use, you should learn the basics of trademark law and conduct a trademark search.
Even though operating agreements need not be filed with the LLC filing office and are not explicitly required by state law, it is a practical necessity that LLC members should create a written operating agreement to define the basic rights and responsibilities of all LLC members and managers. Specifically, an LLC operating agreement sets out membership rights such as the members' capital (ownership) interests and distributive shares (the profits that will be allocated to the members). An operating agreement should also specify whether any actual distributions of profits must be made to the members (or whether the LLC can retain all of the profits in the business.
How the LLC will be managed and the voting power of all the members (and any managers) is also covered in the operating agreement, as well as housekeeping details like rules for holding meetings and taking votes. Lastly, an operating agreement should contain "buy-sell" provisions (unless the LLC will have a separate buy-sell agreement), which lay down a framework for what happens when a member wants to sell his interest, dies or becomes disabled.
What happens if you don't prepare an operating agreement and you later run into a serious conflict with other members? Your LLC's legal life will be controlled by your state's LLC statutes. This means that state law, not the choices you and your business associates make, will dictate how the dispute is resolved.
For example, many states have a default rule that says LLC profits and losses must be divided up among the members equally, regardless of each member's capital contribution. Is this really how you would split up profits in your LLC, even if one of your members invests twice as much as the others? If not, you've got to state a different rule in your operating agreement.
Without an agreement defining the rights and responsibilities of members, you won't have control over the answers to basic questions like these:
When your members are faced with an important management decision, does each get one vote, or do they vote according to their LLC capital interests or profits interests (distributive shares)?
How many members make up a quorum (the minimum number of members who must be present before a vote is taken)?
Also, if your LLC has managers, does each manager get one vote?
And how many managers make up a quorum?
What if a member wants to increase her capital interest percentage?
Can other members stop her or will their relative capital percentages decrease if they decide not to match her investment?
How much-if any-of the allocated profits of the LLC must be distributed to LLC members each year?
Can members at least expect their LLC to pay them enough to cover the income taxes they'll owe on each year's allocations of LLC profits?
Does your LLC have to hold an annual membership meeting?
Who can call special meetings of the membership during the year?
What are the procedures for giving notice of a special meeting to the LLC members?
If your LLC needs additional operating capital after it gets started, are the owners expected to make additional capital contributions (invest more money in the business)?
Can a member leave the LLC any time she wishes? If so, is the LLC, or the LLC members, required to buy back the member's interest? What if they can't agree on a fair price?
Is a departing member allowed to sell an interest to an outsider? If so, can the remaining members stop the sale, or not admit the purchaser as a new, voting member?
These kinds of unanswered questions can, and frequently do, come back to haunt small business owners, particularly if they have a falling out and haven't written down the details of their agreement. You can almost guarantee that in times of tension these details will be remembered differently. The best tack is to discuss these and other key issues at the beginning of your venture and record these points in a written operating agreement. That way, you can get on with LLC business without having to worry too much about future changes or disputes.
There are a few additional steps associated with setting up an LLC-the remaining items in this section cover the legal formalities necessary to perfect the organization of your LLC. The first one I'll turn to is selecting an assumed or fictitious business name for your LLC.
Many LLCs will operate under their formal LLC name-the name they put in their Articles of Organization . For example, a computer repair shop files its articles under the name Fix Me LLC and also does business under that name. In that case, the LLC doesn't have to file its business name anywhere. But some LLC owners like to operate their LLC under a name that's different from the formal name of their LLC listed in their Articles of Organization.
Fortunately you'll usually have no problem operating your business under a different name than the one you used to organize your LLC. To do this, most states simply require your LLC to file a "fictitious" or "assumed" business name statement and pay a small fee (in legal slang this name is often called a "DBA"-short for "doing business as").
The purpose of this filing is to allow vendors, creditors and customers who encounter your fictitious name to track down the real owners of your business. You normally file this paperwork with the Secretary of State's office or the local county clerk's office. In some states, both a state and county filing are required.
These extra steps only apply to owners of pre-existing businesses. If your business is a start-up-that is, you are not converting a sole proprietorship or a partnership into an LLC-you can safely skip this section.
If you're converting a pre-existing business to an LLC, you'll need to notify the IRS, your state taxing authority and other governmental agencies that you've changed your business's legal status to an LLC, and you'll need to give them your new LLC name. As part of this process, you will need to transfer I.D. numbers, licenses and permits to your new LLC name, including: your federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN); your state employer identification number; your sales tax permit; your business license; your professional licenses or permits, if applicable, and your fictitious or assumed business name statement (this applies if you'll operate your LLC under a name other than its formal name, as explained just above).
If you're converting an existing partnership to an LLC, you may need to do a little extra paperwork to end the partnership's legal existence.
General partnerships normally don't file organizational papers with the state to get started, so if you are converting a general partnership to an LLC, you won't need to file a document with the state to terminate your partnership. But in some states you are required to publish a "notice of dissolution of partnership" in a local newspaper. (Failing to do this means that a creditor of the partnership could sue the owners of the new LLC personally for his unpaid debts, since the creditor wasn't aware that the partnership ended.)
Any newspaper that handles legal filings should be able to explain your state's rules. Once you publish your notice, the newspaper should send you a copy of the published notice and an affidavit of publication to place in your files. Limited partnerships-which, after all, have to make an initial filing with the state to create their partnership entity-must file a document letting the state know that the partnership no longer exists.
But if your state provides a special form to convert a partnership to an LLC (often called a certificate of conversion), your partnership will be automatically terminated when you file this form-there's no need to file anything else.
If you are converting a sole proprietorship or a partnership to an LLC, and the prior business has outstanding claims or debts, you and your co-owners will remain personally liable for these debts. Of course, this should never be a legal issue if your new LLC plans to assume and pay these bills as they come due.
But as a courtesy, and to make sure all creditors of the prior business have notice of your new business form, you should send a letter to notify each creditor that you're converting your prior business to an LLC, and ask them to put future bills in the name of your LLC.
If your prior business has significant disputed debts or claims that your LLC will not automatically pay when it begins doing business, I strongly urge you to check with a business lawyer as to your legal responsibilities and rights as to these disputed amounts, and whether you'll have to take any extra steps when converting your business to an LLC.
Some types of businesses that change their legal form to an LLC are required to comply with what is known as the "bulk sales law." In many states, this law applies when retail, wholesale, manufacturing and restaurant businesses are converted to a new legal form. This law requires the publication of various notices in a local newspaper, plus a waiting period before the conversion takes place, to allow creditors of the prior business to submit claims for the payment of unpaid bills.
These requirements are meant to make it more difficult for the owners of a business that owes money to change its business form-usually to one with limited liability protection-without arranging to pay its past debts. However, even if you are converting a business that is subject to the bulk sales law, you may be able to exempt yourself from most of the law's notice requirements and waiting periods by agreeing to assume the debts and liabilities of the prior business.
Most states require an LLC to file a short annual report form with the same state filing office where your Articles of Organization were filed- typically the Secretary or Department of State's office, in the state capital. Annual report forms are printed and supplied by the LLC filing office and are mailed out to LLCs annually.
Before deciding to do business with your LLC (enter into a contract, sign a lease, agree to sell or buy property or the like), financial institutions, trade creditors or other businesses you wish to deal with may want to see formal legal paperwork that establishes the existence of your LLC.
This is particularly likely if you apply to borrow money, purchase securities or buy or sell real estate. You can normally show these status-seekers a copy of your Articles of Organization to help satisfy them that your LLC has handled all the necessary organizational formalities. But occasionally, you may be required to purchase a certified copy of your LLC Articles of Organization to show others. This should be available for a small fee from your state LLC filing office, and should be officially file-stamped by that office, and may also contain formal language stating that your LLC has met all necessary state formalities to begin doing business in your state. (A few even come with an embossed gold seal and ribbon!)
Once in a while, you'll find some outsiders who are such sticklers for detail that they may insist you prove your legal status is still valid on the date they are dealing with you. After all, they may point out your Articles of Organization only show that you met the state's legal requirements when you originally formed your LLC-not that your legal status is currently valid.
Your LLC's members will all have to make quarterly estimated income tax payments during the year. (Of course, if it looks like your LLC will not earn a profit and won't be allocating profits to members at the end of the year, the members probably won't have to estimate and pay income taxes to the IRS and state tax board during the year.)
If you will be the only owner of your LLC, your tax returns will be relatively simple. Your LLC itself will not have to file any forms. You'll report all of your LLC income (or losses) on your yearly IRS 1040 form. You'll also have to fill out Schedule C, Profit or Loss from a Business, on which you'll report your LLC profits or losses, and attach it to your 1040 form.
If yours is a multi-owner LLC, you and your co-owners will also report your income from the LLC on your individual income tax returns, Form 1040. But in this situation, even though the LLC itself doesn't pay any income taxes, it does have to file an informational return, IRS Form 1065, each year (the same tax form used by partnerships). The LLC attaches a Schedule K, which reports the total profits, losses, credits and deductions allocated to the owners. In addition, the LLC must prepare a Schedule K-l for each owner, which reports that owner's share of profits, losses and other items shown on the Schedule Ê form. Each owner in turn attaches a copy of the Schedule K-l to her 1040, and uses the information on the K-l to report LLC profits on her individual 1040 form.
If your LLC elects corporate tax treatment (by filing IRS Form 8832), the IRS will treat it as a separate taxable entity. The LLC will have to file a corporate tax return, IRS Form 1120, Corporate Income Tax Return, and estimate and pay its own income taxes, at the appropriate corporate tax rate.
Most states follow the federal lead and classify your LLC the same way the IRS does. This normally means that, unless you file IRS Form 8832 to elect LLC corporate tax treatment, your LLC will be treated as a pass-through entity at the state level, thereby avoiding the payment of entity-level (LLC) income taxes. Just as with the IRS, the members themselves will pay state income taxes on LLC profits and salaries (assuming your state has a personal income tax). However, even if your LLC itself won't be subject to state entity-level income taxes, it may have to file a state informational return or submit a copy of its federal tax return to the state business tax office.
California, Florida and Michigan are among a handful of states that charge an annual entity-level fee (often confusingly called a tax), regardless of the LLC's income tax status. In some of these states, the fee is a flat yearly amount; in others it is graduated, depending on the gross income or net profits of the LLC. Contact your state's Department of Taxation or Franchise Tax Board for details.
If your LLC will have to pay a state franchise tax or state income taxes, you'll have to make estimated tax payments. Like federal income taxes, state franchise or income taxes usually must be prepaid in four installments during the tax year, with the first payment consisting of any minimum amount charged. If you miss making estimated tax payments, you will be charged penalties and interest. In some states, your LLC status can be suspended if you fail to pay these state taxes for a few years.
Your LLC will need to obtain a federal employer identification number (FEIN) using IRS Form SS-4 and to register as an employer in your state. For salaried workers, your LLC must withhold, report and pay: federal and, if applicable, state income taxes; federal employment taxes (unemployment, Social Security and Medicare taxes), and state payroll taxes (state unemployment, disability and workers' compensation insurance).
LLC members who receive a share of LLC profits are not legally treated as employees unless they also receive a guaranteed salary or other guaranteed compensation, such as interest payments. If LLC owners simply share in LLC profits without receiving any guaranteed payments, the LLC will still have to file for a federal employer identification number, but it won't have to pay employment and payroll taxes. Ask your tax advisor if you have questions.