Updated June 24, 2020:

What is Form 568?

Form 568 is something that business owners interested in forming an LLC frequently have questions about. Form 568 is the Return of Income that many limited liability companies (LLC) are required to file in the state of California. LLCs classified as a disregarded entity or partnership are required to file Form 568 along with Form 3522 with the Franchise Tax Board of California.

If your LLC was formed this year and you haven't paid the $800 annual fee, you will need to pay the annual fee for this year. You will need to pay another $800 fee for the following year when you file Form 568. The $800 fee you pay for the following year is just an estimated payment.

Your LLC in California will need to file Form 568 each year.

The LLC Fee and Franchise Tax will be taken into consideration. However, you cannot use Form 568 to pay these taxes.

You can view Form 568 as the "master" tax form. This form accounts for the income, withholding, coverages, taxes, and more of your LLC. Some of the things that are listed on Form 568 include the following:

  • Total income of the LLC
  • LLC fee
  • Annual tax for the LLC
  • Refunds
  • Withholding
  • Use Tax
  • Property Distributions
  • Members' Shares of Income, Credits, Deductions

An LLC is only required to report a fee on the Return of Income if the gross receipts are $250,000 or more for the year. This fee should be reported along with the $800 yearly tax.

The source of the income does have an effect on whether an LLC in the state of California will need to file the Return of Income along with other forms.

LLC Taxes

All LLCs in the state of California need to pay certain fees and taxes every year.

In California, an LLC can be classified as a corporation, a partnership, or a disregarded entity by the California Franchise Tax Board.

Just like all other entities, LLCs in California need to pay the annual franchise tax. This tax amounts to $800 for every type of entity and is due on April 15 every year.

Form 3522, or the LLC Tax Voucher, needs to be filed to pay the franchise tax. If an LLC fails to file the form on time, they will need to pay a late fee.

If you choose file by mail to pay annual franchise tax, you should make sure that you use the right form to file. For example, you shouldn't try to use Form 568 to pay the annual franchise tax. Besides filing by mail, another option you have is filing the annual franchise tax on the Internet. However, you will need to pay a 2.3 percent convenience fee to file this tax online.

Form 3522 is essentially a tax voucher that you need to pay the $800 annual LLC tax every year. Any LLC that is officially registered to conduct business in the state of California needs to file this form each year with the Franchise Tax Board.

If the following is true, you are likely required to file Form 3522 for your LLC:

  • The articles of organization of the LLC has been filed with the secretary of state of California.
  • The secretary of state of California has issued to the LLC the certificate of registration.
  • The LLC is currently conducting business in the state of California.

For every payable year, the LLC needs to pay the tax until the secretary of state receives the certificate of cancellation of registration from the LLC.

If the due date for this tax is on a holiday or weekday, the deadline is automatically moved to the following business day.

The fee can be paid by money order or check payable to California's franchise tax board. You should be certain to specify the purpose of the payment.

If the 15th day of the fourth month of the taxable year of a foreign LLC passes before the company starts conducting business in the state or registers with the secretary of state, the LLC will need to pay the annual tax immediately.

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