What is an LLC? An LLC, or limited liability company, is a type of business entity that is considered to be more flexible than a corporation. It combines the limited responsibility of a corporation with the freedom and simplicity provided by a partnership or sole proprietorship. Any person who wants to have a personal liability protection against business debts and lawsuits should consider creating an LLC. Business entities protects the personal assets of the business owner.
When it comes to deciding how to start an LLC, you should also consider how to run one once you've formed one. You must also learn how to follow basic formalities in order to operate an LLC. This post will teach you both how to establish an LLC and what to do once you've created one.. Here are the steps you need to take to start a limited liability company (LLC) in any state:
Steps to Form an LLC
Choose a name for your LLC.
Choose a registered agent.
Member vs. manager management.
File annual reports.
Out of state registration.
Steps to operate an LLC
Get an EIN number
Open a business bank account
Documents accounting activity
Hire an accountant for annual TAX return filling
Create an operating agreement
1. Choose a Name for Your LLC
Your LLC's name must follow your state's requirements. Although these rules vary, most states demand that your LLC's name end with an LLC designator such as Limited Liability Company or Limited Company, or an abbreviation of one of these words, and that the name not be the same as any other LLC or business entity already registered in your state.
Your LLC name doesn't have to be the same as your actual business name as you can just file for DBA under the LLC which will allow you to operate under the same LLC but with a different doing business as name. An LLC also can own multiple trade name and operate under those names. To have the legal authority to use it, you'll need to file a trade name on behalf of your LLC.
2. Choose a Registered Agent
A registered agent is needed for LLCs. This is a person or firm that agrees to accept legal documents on behalf of the LLC if it is sued. The registered agent must have a physical address in the state where the LLC is incorporated. Most states require that the registered agent have a physical street address in the state where the company is incorporated.
Without a doubt, any business owner may act as his or her own registered agent and must be available during business hours to accept any notices and official mail if given. If your schedule not allowing you to be one you can choose a registered agent service that can do it for you for a fee. Business registration offers registered agent services to all its clients.
3. Decide on Member vs. Manager Management
LLC owners frequently wish to operate directly under the supervision of their members, but LLCs can pick the appropriate business structure for them if one of the owners or other individuals (outsiders) will be in charge of the company - somewhat like a board of directors does for a firm.
Responsibilities of managers
Managers making the day to day decisions for the LLC they can hire employees, apply for business loans, sign legal documents on behalf of the LLC. The manager handles business fillings he can schedule annual meetings if such needed. The exact responsibilities of a manager can be outlined on the LLC operating agreement.
If one of the LLC members is also the manager, the LLC will be classified as a Member-Managed LLC; whereas if the manager is not a member, it will be identified as a Manager-Managed LLC.
4. Other compliance
Depending on the sort of business you run and your business structure, you must see whether you need to comply with other federal government standards or local laws.
Many business owners find it difficult to comprehend that an LLC's income is taxed on their personal tax return. Although many people believe that the owners of an LLC make money "through" the company, this is not true in most cases; rather, they are considered pass-through entities, which implies that the LLC's tax obligations are deducted from their personal tax return. For tax purposes, business owners can opt to make their LLC a c corporation, which will result in double taxation. Depending on your state law, additional taxes and regulations may apply to your LLC. Such as:
Even if your LLC has no employees, it must obtain its own IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN) if it has more than one member. If you establish a single-member LLC, you must obtain an EIN only if the LLC will have employees or you wish to have it taxed as a corporation rather than a sole proprietorship (disregarded entity).
Depending on the kind of company you own and where it is located, your LLC may need to acquire additional local and state business licenses. Make sure you're properly registered, licensed, and authorized to operate in your state by consulting with the relevant state departments.
"There are two major taxes that you might be levied on as an LLC owner. These are sales tax and employer taxes."
"Sales Tax: Sales tax varies by state, so it is hard to give a definite answer. However, in general, you will only need to charge sales tax if your business does not have a physical presence in that state or you don't collect it at the point of purchase. The exception is if you buy something wholesale which you sell retail. In this case, you should charge sales tax at the time of purchase."
"Employer Taxes: An LLC with one member is considered to be self-employed for taxation purposes. This means they are responsible for paying self-employment taxes instead of income
In some cases (for example if you will be selling goods and collecting sales tax or if you have employees), you'll need to register with the appropriate state taxing authority.
5 File Annual Reports
Many states require LLCs to file an annual report with a filing fee, this allows the state to keep the most accurate and updated information about your LLC address and management. In some jurisdictions, such as California, these costs might be significant - around $800 per year.