You have to make sure you understand the tax ramifications of forming an LLC.  If you are not careful you could pay more than 33% tax on any profits at the end of the year.  And forming an LLC is more than going sign paperwork at your attorney’s office.  There are many things to consider when forming an LLC.

LLCs can be taxed either a: (1) a super sole-proprietorship, (2) partnership, (3) CCorp, or (4) SCorp.  Which form you choose has a huge impact on your taxes at year-end.  IRS gives you relief should you, for example, formed your LLC in 2012 as a pure LLC, but later you would like your tax treatment to be more favorable.  You guessed it.  You need to file another form.  And IRS gives you up to 24 MONTHS to file provided the right language is used on the form.

Correctly set up, an LLC can have a positive impact on you and your business.  Properly maintained an LLC can shelter your personal assets from lawsuits, and is exempt from paying Louisiana franchise tax.

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