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  • Writer's pictureAdam T. Hurd

Does my Business Need an LLC?



When starting a business, one of the most critical decisions you'll make is choosing your business structure. One of the most popular options is the Limited Liability Company (LLC). At Atomic Business Coaching, we often receive questions about LLCs - what they are, who needs them, why they're important, and how to get one. Let's dive into these topics to give you a clearer understanding.


What is an LLC?

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a specific form of a private company in the United States. It is a flexible business structure that combines the pass-through taxation of a partnership or sole proprietorship with the limited liability of a corporation. This means that an LLC's owners, known as members, are not personally liable for the company's debts and liabilities.


Who Needs an LLC?

The LLC structure is particularly beneficial for small to medium-sized businesses. If your business involves significant risk or liability, forming an LLC can provide a layer of protection for your personal assets.


Industries with high liability risk like construction, consulting, and food services often benefit from the LLC structure. However, any business owner who wants to separate their personal assets from their company's liabilities should consider forming an LLC.


Why is it Important to Get an LLC?


Limited Personal Liability

If your business is sued or accrues debt, your personal assets like your car, house, and savings accounts are protected. Only the assets owned by the business can be used to pay its debts.


Pass-Through Taxation

LLCs typically do not pay taxes at the business level. Any business income or loss is "passed-through" to owners, who report this information on their personal tax returns.


Increased Credibility

Having LLC in your business name can boost your business's credibility. Customers, suppliers, and partners may prefer to do business with an incorporated company.


What Happens if You Don't Have an LLC?

Without the protection of an LLC, your personal assets could be at risk if your business is sued or owes a debt. Plus, you may miss out on tax advantages and potential increased credibility that comes with the LLC structure.


When Should You Get an LLC?

The ideal time to form an LLC is before you start your business operations. However, it's never too late to transition from a sole proprietorship or partnership to an LLC.


How Much Does an LLC Cost?

The cost to form an LLC varies by state. Typically, you will need to pay a filing fee that ranges from $50 to $500. Additional costs may include a registered agent fee, annual report fee, and optional services like expedited filing.


How to Apply for an LLC?

Here are the general steps to form an LLC:


  1. Choose a unique business name that complies with your state's LLC rules.

  2. File the Articles of Organization and pay the filing fee.

  3. Appoint a registered agent who will receive legal papers on behalf of your LLC.

  4. Draft an LLC operating agreement, which outlines ownership and operating procedures.

  5. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS.


TAKEAWAY

Forming an LLC is a significant step in protecting your personal assets, gaining tax advantages, and enhancing your business's credibility. If you're considering forming an LLC, Atomic Business Coaching is here to guide you through the process. Reach out to one of our expert coaches for a free consultation and let us help you in your journey to becoming an established business owner.


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