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Is an LLC needed?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Sonshines, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,392

    ..Then he probably sold you on setting one up :) J/k. they do provide protection.but its slim. a person sues your company for 750,000. your company has a 500,000 policy. they seize the rest of the assets for 50,000. there is 200,000 remaining. They could and likely would sue the board members. Who are the board members?
  2. Liberty Lawnworks

    Liberty Lawnworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    A single-member LLC affords you almost zero protection against torts based on your actions. If an employee does something, you have some degree of protection as long as you have kept your business and personal finances completely separate. In other words, your receipts for trimmer line doesn't have sodas for the kids on them, you're cutting a paycheck for yourself each week instead of just transferring random amounts of money to your personal account, etc. Unfortunately, a good lawyer can tear down most single-member LLCs out there.
  3. Sonshines

    Sonshines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    So if the "family business" is starting out on just mowing lawns (weed whacking/trimming), snow blowing, and working for banks w/ home repoes may not have any benefits on having an LLC? We will not be hiring outside of family.

    In my state, it is $25 to send in to Sec of State for business name, or I can go the LLC route that would include the name being legalized. Will I also need an EIN?
  4. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    In most states you just register your business and name with the county clerk for like $15, get an EIN from the IRS and a sales tax number from the state taxation dept that gives you authority to collect sales tax (if you are required to collect sales tax on what you will be doing in your state). You then operate as a sole proprietor, the simplest way of doing business. As long as you pay your taxes on April 15 nobody will bother you.

    So to answer your question nobody cares how your business is set up. I wouldn't waste any money until you are ready to go S corp or a full C corp and only an accountant can tell you that.
  5. Sonshines

    Sonshines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

  6. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,582

    Um, yes it does, but to an extent. An LLC (limited liability company) won't protect you if you run someone over with your mower, but it will protect you if you underbid a $250,000 job and need to declare bankruptcy. I have no idea why people think that an LLC instantly protects your personal assets from legal situations that you are personally responsible for.
  7. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,353

    LLC are the latest way to incorporate a business with the greatest tax benefits. Allows for pass through taxation. Easy to have multiple partners added as well. A CPA will probably agree.
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,353

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets this. Case in point. What happened to Bernie Madoffs personal property? Was that protected by his corporation? The ultimate rule in this great country "you can sue anybody for anything"
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  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,522

    You guys are carrying this way to far and it is misleading. An LLC has a purpose and carrying the proper amount of insurance has a purpose. Together you have a legit company and for the most part are protected.

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