Starting LLC

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by imaketouchtheme, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
    Has anyone here gone through the process of forming an LLC? I'm beginning that process, but there's so much conflicting information online about taxes, payroll, this and that. Obviously I will consult an attorney when the time approaches, but I just wanted to see if anyone here had some personal experience dealing with this situation.
  2. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    Subscribed! I'm planning on expanding a hobby of mine into a "business" of sorts, and I'll need to make an LLC as well...
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Get a lawyer, setting up a legal entity is best suited to those that have training and expertise.
  4. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    Talk to a lawyer and accountant. No one else will give you better advice.

    Maybe there's one of each around here to help you out.
  5. imaketouchtheme thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
    I knew this would happen. I'm sure a lawyer would love to sit down for a few hours and discuss some personal experiences with the rate of several hundred dollars.

    I'm not asking for legal advice, just personal experiences from individuals who have gone through the process. That's also why I said "I will be speaking with an attorney".

    Now, anyone here have any personal experience they would like to share with the situation?
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Fill out the form, pay the fee, now you have an LLC.
  7. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One

    And all of this is true - because it rhymes.
  8. Thejrace macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2014
  9. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Since your "location" is listed as West Virginia, can I assume you're interested in setting up a LLC in W.Va.?

    If so, there are several sources of (free) information that can answer questions, provide help, etc. and/or direct you to other sources of information/assistance.

    Here's a few logical starting points:

    The Secretary of State's Office: You're probably aware of the website, but you can call or visit the office to ask questions, seek help/advice, etc.

    The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC): A division of the West Virginia Development Office, funded by the State of W.Va., the United States Small Business Administration, and W.Va. Community Colleges and Workforce Investment Board Partners. The agency holds workshops in various parts of the state and you can talk with a specialist via phone or an in person visit to the agency.

    SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business": a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE volunteers provide free, confidential face-to-face and e-mail business counseling to America’s entrepreneurs. Counseling and workshops are offered at 389 chapter offices across the country. See the organization's chapter list for local contact info.
  10. iBanker macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2014
    46th floor
    Try LegalZoom to set it up to avoid some attorney fees. (haven't used it personally but heard good things)
  11. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Thank you for the links, especially score. Great find!
  12. jeremysteele macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2011
    Or in NY state - all of that + advertise in a few newspapers and provide proof to the state.

    Really, it's quite easy. Especially for single-members. Now if you are going the partner-route - things can get tricky.

    Honestly it took me longer to figure out how taxes worked for a LLC than it took to fill out the papers.
  13. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    We set up two LLCs. Accountant - yes. Attorney - no.

    We used the same accountant we have used for years. He happened to be a really good business accountant as well. Of course my accountant charges like an attorney...

    It's just more paperwork. Nothing particularly complicated. If you have specific concerns about legally protecting against lawsuits, yes, talk to a lawyer. But a good business accountant is more than enough for an LLC.
  14. imaketouchtheme thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
    Thank you for your input! And thanks to everyone else that contributed. Good reading material and some stuff to think about. Hopefully it all works out for us. I'm going to try the accounting myself initially (we'll see how long this lasts) as there won't be much money involved at the beginning and I've taken my fair share of classes in that realm.

    Thanks again everyone. :)
  15. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Consult a good accountant first! The type of entity you set up now could make a huge tax difference if you ever sell the business in the future. It depends if you have appreciating assets like real estate or if it's a service business, for example.

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