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John Malone, JD, CTC
April 12, 2024

A Guide to LLC Business Taxes

In the world of business, understanding how taxes work is a key step to achieving financial success and building Tax-Free Wealth. For owners of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), handling business taxes can be a complex task. However, with strategic planning and the guidance of a Tax Strategist, it's possible to optimize your tax obligations and keep more of your hard-earned money.

Understanding LLC Business Taxes

The Basics of LLC Taxes

When you operate an LLC, the business entity you choose influences your tax obligations. An LLC is typically treated as a pass-through entity for federal income tax purposes, meaning the LLC does not pay taxes on business income. Instead, the LLC owners, known as members, pay taxes on their share of the LLC's profits.

However, LLC members can choose for the business to be taxed as a corporation rather than a pass-through entity. This decision can have significant implications for your tax bill and should be made with the guidance of a professional tax strategist.

Single-Member vs Multi-Member LLCs

The tax filing process for LLCs varies depending on whether the LLC has one owner (a single-member LLC) or multiple owners (a multi-member LLC). For single-member LLCs, business income and expenses are reported on Form 1040, Schedule C.

On the other hand, multi-member LLCs are treated as partnerships for tax purposes, with each member paying taxes on their share of the LLC's income. The LLC must file an informational return (Form 1065) with the IRS and provide each owner with a completed Schedule K-1 outlining their share of the LLC's profits and losses.

LLC Payroll Taxes

If your LLC employs people, you'll need to collect and pay payroll taxes. These include unemployment, Social Security, and Medicare taxes. Employers pay unemployment taxes to fund unemployment benefit programs, while Social Security and Medicare taxes are shared between employers and employees.

LLC Self-Employment Taxes

Under the Self-Employment Contributions Act (SECA), LLC members owe Social Security and Medicare taxes to the IRS. These taxes are paid directly to the IRS in the form of self-employment taxes.

LLC Sales Taxes

If your LLC sells taxable goods or services, you'll need to collect sales tax from your customers and remit the tax to the state or local tax agency. Which goods and services are taxable depends on the state and locality where you do business.

LLC Tax Forms and Deadlines

The specific tax forms you'll need to complete your LLC taxes depend on several factors, including whether your LLC is single-member or multi-member, whether you choose default (pass-through) tax status or corporate tax status for your LLC, and whether your LLC has employees.

LLC Tax Tips for Business Owners

To lower your tax burden and simplify filing, consider the following tips:

  • Use Tax Deductions and Credits: Take full advantage of any tax deductions and credits for which your LLC is eligible.
  • Stay on Top of Deadlines: Review business tax deadlines in advance and make a note of the relevant due dates.
  • Hire a Tax Strategist: Consider hiring a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or  a tax strategist to assist you with tax filing.
  • Consider Corporate Tax Status: Discuss the potential benefits of electing corporation tax status for your LLC with your CPA or tax professional.
  • Stay Educated on State and Local Taxes: Understand the tax requirements for your state and locality.


Building tax-free wealth through an LLC requires understanding your tax obligations and making strategic decisions. By understanding the different types of LLC taxes, staying on top of deadlines, and seeking the advice of a CPA, you can optimize your tax situation and keep more of your hard-earned money.

Remember, the right tax strategies can make a significant difference in your financial success. Don't leave money on the table – take the time to understand your tax obligations and work with a professional to make the most of your LLC.

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