If you are the only owner, member, or equity partner of your LLC, then you would be filing your LLC business numbers on from 1040, Schedule C. This is a component of your individual tax return and is not necessarily a separate return at the federal level, although it does involve separate schedules. On the state side, you may or may not have an annual reporting requirement or separate form to submit, depending on your state. We are happy to assist with LLCs registered in any of the 50 states.
If your LLC has more than one owner, partner, or member, you would be filing as a Partnership on Federal Form 1065 and any applicable state forms. We support returns in all 50 states. The state may also have an additional LLC reporting requirement. The 1065 return is a separate return altogether that will generate K-1s, which must then be input into each owner’s individual return. We will be happy to assist with both your partnership and individual returns, if necessary. There are also very specific tax strategies to keep in mind.
The S-Corp classification must be applied for with the IRS. The purpose of converting to an S-Corp is to take advantage of decreased self-employment taxes. This is the primary reason why persons choose the S-Corp structure. In order to take advantage of this tax strategy, an S-Corp election must be filed and approved by the IRS based on specific terms. Please contact us if you need assistance with this.
There are three main types of business entities that require federal tax filings. Partnerships, C-Corps, and S-Corps. Below is a discussion of each, as well as a brief comment on LLCs:
If you have more than one member in your business but have not otherwise incorporated as an S-Corp or C-Corp, you should likely be filing this return. It is reported on Federal Form 1065 and (if applicable) certain state schedules. We support all 50 states. This default classification arises if you apply for an EIN number for a business entity that has more than one owner. This default classification also arises if you have registered an LLC with your state and that LLC has more than one owner, equity partner, or member.
An S-Corp is a small business corporation structure allowed by the IRS. It is reported on Federal Form 1120-S and (if applicable) certain state schedules. We support all 50 states. This is not a default classification – rather, you must apply for it and be approved by the IRS. The appeal of this classification is that it allows for decreased self-employment taxes on your individual return. These tax savings may be substantial, depending on the annual net income of your business. Please contact us for more details or to file your annual return.
A C-Corp is a taxable entity that pays taxes in its own right. It is reported on Federal Form 1120 and (if applicable) certain state schedules. We support all 50 states. This structure is the default classification you must file with the IRS after you file as a corporation with your state or after registering your EIN as a corporation with the IRS. The C-Corp structure allows many shareholders and is the common classification for many Delaware startups and larger businesses.
An LLC often has state filing requirements. We support all 50 states. However, for federal purposes, you would be filing your LLC taxes on one of two forms: From 1040 Schedule C or Form 1065. If you are the only owner, partner, or member of your LLC, then you would report on Federal Form 1040 Schedule C. If you have more than one owner, partner, or member of the business, then you would report on Form 1065, unless you have specifically incorporated as an S-Corp or other type of entity.
Please contact us anytime regarding any of these entity types as we have helped thousands of businesses of various size over the years.