LLC or Inc. Which is better?
Clients often call me to find out whether it is better to form an LLC or Inc. They want me to tell them whether to form a Limited Liability Company or Corporation? They want to be certain that they will get all of the good asset protection and tax advantages they can for their company. As with everything, there are several important considerations that you should take into account to get the right structure for your business.
There are many types of business structures available. There are sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLC, LLP, C and S Corporations. The best way to decide which business structure you should form is to consider asset protection, taxes and ease of management. In the LLC Wizard there is a company decision chart to help you make certain that you make the best choice. Generally an LLC works great for most people. It is quicker to form and easier to maintain an LLC and you get just as much asset protection.
Another bonus is that you can elect how you want to be taxed. The IRS lets you choose.
The best part of the LLC is the double asset protection you can get if you make the correct choices in your structure and choose the correct clauses in your documents. Make sure you have a good Operating Agreement. This is the heart and soul of your business.
Business Structures are an important decision for someone starting a business. Our son called us yesterday and wanted to discuss how he should structure a business for an apartment building he is thinking of buying. He described his business plan and then wanted to discuss which kinds of business structures he should use. He mentioned that he thought of layering using an LLC (Limited Liability Company) with an S Corp for the partner. At that point we explained to him that he wanted that type of layered structure, he should be using the LLC for both layers. When he asked why, we had to explain.
Asset protection is a double swinging door. Many people tend to plan their asset protection from only the business side, they neglect to protect their personal assets if their business fails. This is a mistake. Of course these kinds of business structures work just fine when your business gets in trouble. It blocks creditors coming through the door after you and your home and savings account and other personal assets. But what about when you get in trouble personally? Say you are in an accident or suffer an illness and you can’t pay your bills.
When picking business structures everyone wants to structure it to protect, their house, summer cabin, bank accounts and retirement nest egg. But if they thought about it they would realize that their business is their most valuable asset. It is basically the source of all their assets. When you consider asset protection you should see the value of both your personal and business assets. Even though business owners do tons of “asset protection” trying to protect their personal assets, they need to protect their businesses too. Many businesses are lost when a personal disaster strikes.
Business structuring using an LLC has double asset protection. Like a corporation, an LLC has all the aspects of the corporate shield, but it also has partnership charging order protection. This gives an LLC a distinct advantage. The LLC protects from both sides of the door. You may be wondering, “If LLCs are so good why are corporations still the most common business entity? It is because LLCs plus charging order protection are “relatively” new. Corporations have always been the “standard business entity.” People have heard of them and so they use them. Still when you research business structures you will probably find that an LLC is the best small business entity.