What forms do I need to fill out as a first-year LLC owner? It's a partnership LLC.
A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is business structure that provides the limited liability protection features of a corporation and the tax efficiencies and operational flexibility of a partnership.Unlike shareholders in a corporation, LLCs are not taxed as a separate business entity. Instead, all profits and losses are "passed through" the business to each member of the LLC. LLC members report profits and losses on their personal federal tax returns, just like the owners of a partnership would.The owners of an LLC have no personal liability for the obligations of the LLC. An LLC is the entity of choice for a businesses seeking to flow through losses to its investors because an LLC offers complete liability protection to all its members. The basic requirement for forming an Limited Liability Company are:Search your business name - before you form an LLC, you should check that your proposed business name is not too similar to another LLC registered with your state's Secretary of StateFile Articles of Organization - the first formal paper you will need file with your state's Secretary of State to form an LLC. This is a necessary document for setting up an LLC in many states. Create an Operating Agreement - an agreement among LLC members governing the LLC's business, and member's financial and managerial rights and duties. Think of this as a contract that governs the rules for the people who own the LLC. Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) - a number assigned by the IRS and used to identify taxpayers that are required to file various business tax returns. You can easily file for an EIN online if you have a social security number. If you do not have a social security number or if you live outsides of United States, ask a business lawyer to help you get one.File Statement of Information - includes fairly basic information about the LLC that you need to file with your state’s Secretary of State every 2 years. Think of it as a company census you must complete every 2 years.Search and Apply for Business Licenses and Permits - once your business is registered, you should look and apply for necessary licenses and permits you will need from the county and city where you will do business. Every business has their own business licenses and permits so either do a Google search of your business along with the words "permits and licenses" or talk to a business lawyer to guide you with this.If you have any other questions, talk to a business lawyer who will clarify and help you with all 6 above steps or answer any other question you may have about starting your business.I am answering from the perspective of a business lawyer who represents businesspersons and entrepreneurs with their new and existing businesses. Feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to form your LLC.In my course, How To Incorporate Your Business on Your Own: Quick & Easy, you will learn how to form your own Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Corporation without a lawyer, choose a business name, file a fictitious business name, file Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation, create Operating Agreement or Bylaws, apply for an EIN, file Statement of Information, and how to get business licenses and permits.