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DIFFERENCES OF LLC VS CORPORATION

August 12, 2013 9:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The main difference between an LLC and a corporation is that an llc is owned by one or more individuals, and a corporation is owned by its shareholders. No matter which entity you choose, both entities offer big benefits to your business. Incorporating a business allows you to establish credibility and professionalism.

A Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is not a corporation, although it offers many of the same advantages. An LLC is best described as a combination of a corporation and a partnership. LLCs offer the limited liability of a corporation, while allowing more flexibility in managing the business and organization.

Owners of an LLC also pay self-employment tax on their income from the business, while corporate owners who work in the business are considered employees and pay tax on their employment income, along with FICA taxes (Social Security and Medicare).

One of the most significant benefits of an LLC is that of pass-through taxes. LLC owners don’t have to file a corporate tax return. An owner simply reports their share of profit and loss on their individual tax return. This prevents double taxation, your business paying taxes and you paying taxes.

The disadvantages of a corporation are as follows: Double taxation. Depending on the type of corporation, it may pay taxes on its income, after which shareholders pay taxes on any dividends received, so income can be taxed twice. Excessive tax filings.

One of the advantages an LLC has over a corporation is that in many states, a creditor cannot collect a member’s dividends, whereas in a corporation dividends can be collected from shareholders. … If there is more than one member, the LLC must file a business tax return as if it was a C-corp or S-corp tax entity.

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