If you’re looking to grow your business, forming an LLC is just one of the options you have. Several businesses are turning to this business entity for the advantages that it offers both professionally and personally.
Limited liability protection, pass-through taxation, increased credibility – these are just a few main advantages of operating as an LLC in Arizona.
Adding to the list of benefits and reasons you should form an LLC is the fact they’re simple to maintain and run. What is the downside to an LLC? Like all things, there are a few disadvantages. Take a look at this article to decide if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to your unique situation.
What is an LLC?
An LLC is short for limited liability company. An LLC is a hybrid business structure that gives owners the flexibility to enjoy the personal liability protection of a corporation and the pass-through taxation of a partnership.
An attractive feature of this business entity is the ability to have one or several members – also known as owners. Members can be other people or businesses. For this reason, and many others, millions of businesses identify as an LLC.
What are the Advantages of an LLC?
Business owners form LLCs for a variety of reasons. The primary advantages of forming an LLC in Arizona are:
Easy to Form – With less paperwork and less expenses, formation of an LLC is easier than other business structures. Once the initial paperwork is filed, additional requirements are minimal.
Liability Protection – Liability protection is by far one of the biggest advantages of an LLC. Members and their personal assets are protected from business creditors and debts.
Tax Advantages – LLCs offer many tax benefits that are not available to other structures. For example, with a pass-through taxation, profits are only taxed when the owners file their returns. Additionally, owners have a choice on how they want to be taxed.
Flexibility – In addition to tax flexibility, LLC members can also elect for a flexible management structure. You can learn more about the flexibility and advantages of LLC ownership by contacting an experienced business attorney.
Privacy Protection – Many business owners can form an Anonymous LLC in states with this type of formation. Anonymous LLCs are formed for added privacy protection and help prevent people from easily being identified as a business owner.
Perpetual Existence – LLCs can often outlive their owners/members if the paperwork is properly formed. If this is something you wish for your business, contact a skilled attorney to help with the right paperwork!
Credibility – LLCs are viewed as a formal business structure and can help attract more clients to your business. Plus, as an LLC you obtain and EIN – a unique number associated with your business name that can never be used while you’re actively in business.
What are some Disadvantages of
Limited Liability Companies?
Business owners are drawn to the LLC business structure because of personal liability, flexibility, tax advantages, and more. However, there are a few disadvantages that owners should be aware of.
Fees – Although costs are relatively low to form an LLC, as an entrepreneur or new business owner, getting started can be pricey in the beginning. Most states have startup fees and other requirements that cost money.
Difficult to Make a Profit and Grow – A downfall to forming an LLC is that you can’t issue shares. If business owners want to raise capital, they must get creative.
Riskier Than Corporations – An LLC is considered a bigger risk to lenders and investors than corporations. Although LLC adds credibility, sometimes this status can dampen your chances of getting loans accepted and growing your business.
Who Should Start an LLC?
Any entrepreneur or sole proprietorship that is serious about earning a profit and continuing to grow business, should consider forming an LLC.
LLCs are a great business structure for owners who have personal assets they want to protect, medium-to-high risk businesses, and for those who want to enjoy a lower tax rate than a corporation. It’s also an ideal structure for owners who desire a more flexible legal environment and who have an unlimited number of owners.
How a Business Lawyer can Help
The entity you choose for your business determines your growth, capital, taxes, and personal liability.
And while there are many benefits to forming an LLC, choosing a business structure is no easy task. Filing incorrect paperwork can result in several complications, such as an unintended dissolution and tax consequences.
An experienced business lawyer can help you review and file your paperwork and provide guidance on how to develop your business structure. A lawyer can give you an in-depth explanation of all the unique benefits you’ll experience as an LLC. They can also discuss options with you and ensure this is the right business entity for you.