Is an LLC Necessary?

Mar 2, 2016

  1. tek4425
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    I'm planning on leaving my current agency and going independent. I don't plan on hiring agents so, with that in mind, is it necessary to form an LLC?
     
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    Life, P&C, Health, what are you selling. What state are you in?

    Generally speaking no you don't need an LLC, Corp or otherwise.
     
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    First, this question is a legal question and we're not lawyers.

    That being said, the only possible reason to form an LLC is for tax bracket purposes.

    Because you are a licensed individual responsible for your advice and actions, there is no 'asset protection' available for your actions as an insurance agent - regardless of the line of insurance you sell.

    There may be other reasons to form an LLC or a corporation, such as if you hire employees (assistant, CSRs, etc). If employees were to sue you, you could be protected by having a business entity because such a suit would be separate from your actions as an insurance agent.

    Just my thoughts and not to be taken as legal advice.
     
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    IN almost all cases it won't help with taxes, the IRS has done a great job leveling the playing field, you pay it on one end or the other. Unless you make crazy mad money you may save a grand here or there but generally your gonna pay about the same as a LLC, Corp or Sole propriety.

    I am not an attorney or CPA, but I do have both and I have tried every way that is legal to save on my tax bill, and it's all about the same, and I humbly make pretty decent money.
     
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    I agree. I've done my own analysis, and there really isn't much difference or savings with the current tax brackets between being a sole proprietor and having a separate legal entity.

    Whatever you may save on taxes... will just get eaten up with the more complexity filing taxes for the legal entity and the state fees.
     
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    Sad but true........
     
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    There are other benefits to forming an LLC outside of a possible break on taxes though :)
     
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    Not really if your a single party LLC.

    When it comes to a law suit you better hope every single part of the business is in the businesses name and is paid by the business.

    But I am all ears.

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    I will say if you are going to have employees or non-employees, you are safer running it through a Corp or a Non-Single partly LLC.
     
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    See, I'm still trying to figure out if my accountant is crazy or stupid or smarter than every other accountant in the world. He seems to think as long as I claim something as income as an S Corp. that I won't get audited.

    And even if I claimed a reasonable salary of $50,000 a year, it looks like I will say five to $10,000 a year in taxes and all we have to pay out about $1000 more to my accountant for payroll and filing for the S Corp.

    And if 95% of final expense agents fail, wouldn't a reasonable salary be rather low?
     
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    As DHK says, just my thoughts and not to be taken as legal advice.

    I am a "C" corp, and as such, it does save tremendously on taxes.
     
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