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LLC Costs & Fees (50+ States Compared)

Forming an LLC is a sound decision for individual entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to scale their businesses. A limited liability company offers better liability protection for business and personal assets than self-employment and sole… Read more…

How to File Taxes for an LLC

Limited liability companies (LLCs) provide greater flexibility for the taxation of your business. You can choose to use the default federal tax classification for your business structure, such as sole proprietorship or partnership. Or elect to be taxed under… Read more…

How to Pay Yourself From an LLC

One of the common questions new limited liability company (LLC) owners have is — how do I get paid from my business? The good news is that you have at least three options. But the less great one is that each one requires you to think about company cash… Read more…

How to Switch From Sole Proprietor to LLC

When starting a new business, most entrepreneurs choose the sole proprietorship status first. Then as your business grows to a new level, you may consider incorporation. Getting established as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a common next step. This… Read more…

Partnership vs. LLC (Explained)

Starting a business is a big decision, requiring some operational knowledge. It’s essential first to determine your business’s optimal structure, especially if you plan to get a business partner instead of operating as a sole proprietor. When two or… Read more…

How to File an LLC Annual Report

Successful LLC formation doesn’t mean the end of paperwork for you. You’re required to file an annual report with your state’s Secretary of State as part of operating your LLC. Due dates, forms, and filing fees vary, but one thing remains the same… Read more…

How to Change the Name of Your LLC

Considering giving your company a rebranding or expanding your services and need a new name to reflect this change? Whatever your reason for changing the name of your LLC, it’s likely a decision you didn’t come to overnight. From mistakes in your… Read more…

How to Transfer LLC to Another State

For various reasons, a small business owner may need to move their limited liability company (LLC) to a state other than where it was formed. Entrepreneurs may do this for many reasons: Cross-border business expansion The owner’s relocation Estate planning… Read more…

What Is an EIN Number for LLC?

As a new business owner, you may have heard people talking about an EIN, federal tax ID number, FEIN, taxpayer identification number (TIN), or something along those lines. All of these terms refer to the same thing – an Employer Identification Number (EIN),… Read more…

Can I Be My Own Registered Agent?

When incorporating a business, you need to take several critical early steps: select a unique business name, decide on the type of business entity and formation state, and get business licenses sorted out. But that’s not all. You’ll need to designate a… Read more…

Real Estate LLC (Explained for Beginners)

After a temporary slump, the real estate market is back on track. The upward trajectory is partially driven by experienced real estate investors expanding their portfolios and new investors entering the market. Whether you’re an existing real estate… Read more…

How to Fill Out a W-9 for an LLC

If your limited liability company (LLC) works with any business partners (which it probably does!), you may be asked to fill in and submit a W-9 form. That’s a standard request for ensuring federal tax compliance. But new business owners often feel trouble… Read more…

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