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Seth W.

Seth Wiener

1222 reviews
As an experienced trial lawyer and litigator, Seth Wiener has resolved numerous federal and state litigations. His cases have included everything from family law to bankruptcy to fraud and more. Before Seth formed his own firm, the Law Office of Seth W. Wiener, he worked for several prominent law offices where he gained a great deal of experience.
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Geoffrey A.

Geoffrey Amend

787 reviews
Geoffrey Amend has over 21 years of experience as a business attorney. He is licensed to practice law in Kansas. Geoffrey has represented numerous corporate clients, including JungleBee, MomoCentral and APIMATIC. He started his own legal firm in 2013 and was the general counsel at Chelsea Partner before starting his own firm. Geoffrey graduated with a J.D. in law from the Washburn University School of Law in 1995.
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Steven S.

Steven Stark

579 reviews
For over 30 years, Steven Stark has offered counsel to non-profit organizations and private companies. He has a passion for helping small businesses in particular since he himself started several businesses of his own in New York and Florida. He understands the importance of small businesses having a reliable attorney to advise them about legal matters from their inception.
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Scott S.

Scott Stram

392 reviews
As a member of both the New York and New Jersey Bars, Scott Stram is an accomplished lawyer with experience in a range of legal and business areas. This includes corporate law, data security, compliance, real estate, and intellectual property. Before founding Stram Law, Scott was a compliance officer for a company that performed property audits, a director of a security consulting practice, and an operations officer for Viacom and CBS.
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Jake S.

Jake Siciliano

259 reviews
Jake graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he focused on international trademark and corporate law. As of 2022, he has obtained his L.L.M. in Financial Compli... read more
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David Y.

David Yamaguchi

237 reviews
Startups and small businesses sometimes need someone who can deal with complex transactions on an international playing field. David Yamaguchi specializes in content hosting issues and intellectual property. He concentrates his practice in the United States, Asia, India, and Europe. Whether you are a business giant or a startup, Mr. Yamaguchi can provide legal advice that fits your needs.
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Mario N.

Mario Naim

225 reviews
Mario's firm focuses on serving growth companies throughout the venture capital life cycle from startups to public companies. The firm provides services related to business law, specifically corporate, securities, business combinations and commercial transactions. He has also helped foreign clients in the acquisitions of businesses in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
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Alisha B.

Alisha Bond

215 reviews
-Received a BS in Communications in 2005, JD from Mississippi College School of Law in 2009, and MBA from University of Maryland in 2016. -Results driven and experienced a... read more
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Richard G.

Richard Gora

200 reviews
Looking for an attorney with experience? Richard Gora is the exact attorney you want. Having defended over 100 cases both in state and federal courts and working with clients from around the globe, Richard has an array of different experiences. His services are wide-ranging and include business litigation, securities litigations, employment litigation, and business counsel. Prior to founding Gora LLC, he worked for Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP for eight years.
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Glenn M.

Glenn Manishin

161 reviews
Glenn Manishin is the managing partner at Paradigmshift Law LLP and founded the law firm in 2015. The focus of his law firm lies within Internet technology and business law. Attorney Manishin has a mission in place to help clients and companies find creative and efficient ways for their business models to navigate through legal and regulatory barriers. Attorney Manishin has worked with top companies including Sports Fans Coalition, Inc., Consumer Federation of America, and more.
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Michael W.

Michael Wieser

155 reviews
I am dedicated to working with startup entrepreneurs and early stage growth companies to provide legal stability and scalability for growing enterprises. What sets me apart... read more
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Brig R.

Brig Ricks

141 reviews
I am a senior executive and strategic legal adviser with 19 years of experience providing legal services in international environments. I am a general counsel who can advis... read more
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Paul S.

Paul Spitz

141 reviews
With an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, Paul Spitz offers business experience and legal expertise to companies ranging from startups to midsize organizations. He specializes in the areas of technology, marketing, e-commerce, and digital media. Unlike attorneys at large law firms, Mr. Spitz is able to provide affordable services in counseling, representation, and negotiation.
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Neil P.

Neil Park

138 reviews
Neil Park is well-equipped in Private Practice - with over 7 years of experience acting as outside General Counsel for many of his business clients. For the past two years, Neil has been working as Counsel for an Intellectual Property boutique. His practice areas include Intellectual Property Counseling, Trademark Prosecution, Licensing, Trade Secret Management and Strategy, Business Transactions, Corporate Law and Regulatory Compliance. He attended Loyola Law School.
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Grant M.

Grant Maynard

128 reviews
Grant represents high-growth companies in all aspects of formation, financing, and intellectual property issues. He has previously done general corporate, intellectual, and real estate work at Nebraska's oldest law firm before transitioning to a more virtual lifestyle. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands the need to balance legal and business interests.
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan Savar

121 reviews
In addition to being a skilled business lawyer, Jonathan Savar is highly experienced in investment banking. He handles strategic transactions, financings, and contracts for individuals, startups, and middle-market companies. Mr. Savar offers every one of his clients individualized attention to provide efficient, cost-effective services.
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Baruch G.

Baruch Gottesman

117 reviews
Baruch Gottesman is a corporate attorney with over a decade of experience. He is licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York. Baruch obtained his J.D. degree in law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He is skilled in providing legal assistance to startup companies, with exceptional experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Baruch founded his own law firm in January 2010.
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Bob S.

Bob Schrader, Esq.

97 reviews
Bob Schrader is an attorney at law who has been practicing law for over three decades. He has been licensed to practice law in Florida. Bob received his J.D. in law from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center. He primarily specializes in assisting small businesses and startups with their legal matters. Bob also specializes in immigration law. He founded his own legal firm in June 2007.
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Katie C.

Katie Centolella

86 reviews
Our firm, Pact Legal, consists of Founding Partners Katie Centolella and Brent Xavier, as well as a team of associates and support staff. We serve as general counsel to ent... read more
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Stacy D.

Stacy Dees

81 reviews
Stacy Dees has over 15 years of in-house legal counsel experience that she brings to every legal task she performs. Her solution-oriented approach focuses on the problem so you don't have to. She can deal with contract review, debt or equity transactions, acquisitions, licensing, and more. Whether you are a large company or just getting started, Ms. Dees can help with your legal needs.
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Thomas L.

Thomas Love

70 reviews
Holder of seven patents, Thomas Love has a work history spanning from a partnership in a major firm (specializing in international corporate finance) to working at a number of startups, including in software, global supply chain, and online education. Today, Mr. Love represents clients worldwide and has provided his services to non-profits in theater, women’s empowerment, medical education, and more.
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Dean S.

Dean Sage

67 reviews
Dean Sage is an attorney at law with over seven years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his legal degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Dean is experienced in dealing with legal matters related to real estate law, tax law and business formation. He is also skilled in legal research and writing, as well as drafting and negotiating commercial contracts.
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Brandon P.

Brandon Pittard

64 reviews
I've spent the majority of my legal career in house at various companies, and know how to balance legal risk against the needs of a business. As legal counsel at several di... read more
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Rhea D.

Rhea De Aenlle

61 reviews
Rhea de Aenlle is a business-savvy attorney with extensive experience in Privacy & Data Security (CIPP/US, CIPP/E), GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, FERPA, Intellectual Property, and... read more
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Sam G.

Sam Goldstein

56 reviews
Bankruptcy Consultant for Businesses/Individuals considering Chapter 7, 11, or 13 filings, handling both consultation and representation. Small Business professional exp... read more
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Alexander N.

Alexander Nahai

50 reviews
Having overseen over $1.2 billion in transaction value, we are able to provide top-tier service at affordable rates, with much more personalized attention and fast turnarou... read more
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Erin H.

Erin Hudson

48 reviews
Erin graduated magna cum law from Baylor Law School, clerked for a federal judge, cut her teeth at an AmLaw 200 firm, and spent over a decade representing businesses in com... read more
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Chelsie C.

Chelsie Campbell

40 reviews
Meet Chelsie, your dedicated Legal Strategist at Rondesse Legal. She specializes in corporate law and startup ventures, drawing from her experience in Corporate America and... read more
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Carmelo C.

Carmelo Chimera

39 reviews
10 years ago, I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and since then I've practiced at some of the world's largest law firms. I've also been a business owner... read more
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Mario M.

Mario Milano

33 reviews
Mario Milano is a highly accomplished and sought-after attorney specializing in intellectual property, business formation, and contracts. With an unwavering commitment to e... read more
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Jon B.

Jon Bourne

29 reviews
Experienced on-demand general counsel for small to mid-size companies not yet ready for full-time general counsel. Proven ability to provide pragmatic advice in plain Engli... read more
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Daniel W.

Daniel Weberman

29 reviews
I am an experienced New York Attorney pleased to offer my services to clients who are seeking assistance with startup consulting and/or business related legal work. My expe... read more
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Drew S.

Drew Stokesbary

29 reviews
Drew Stokesbary is a corporate lawyer that primarily specializes in providing legal assistance to startup companies. He has been licensed to practice law in Washington for the past four years. Drew received a legal degree after he graduated from the Notre Dame Law School. He specializes in legal cases related to securities and finances, as well as labor and employment law. In July 2015, Drew founded a law boutique, Stokesbary PPLC, where he now acts as a managing member.
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John R.

John Ray

28 reviews
John is the Principal of the Ray Legal Consulting Group and has over 12 years of complex class action litigation and appellate experience. He has special expertise in discrimination, First Amendment, and intellectual property/media litigation. John also takes on civil rights cases for individual clients, which can have a significant impact on the rights of women, racial minorities, and other groups.
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Sean L.

Sean Lowe

27 reviews
Sean is a tenacious business attorney who graduated at the top of his class from UCLA School of Law. He started his law career by working for a federal judge and a supreme ... read more
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Matariyeh L.

Matariyeh Law

25 reviews
Muhammad is an attorney and CPA with over 15 years of experience assisting multinational organizations in corporate and tax matters. He consulted several Fortune 500 compan... read more
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Chrystan C.

Chrystan Carlton

24 reviews
Chrystan Carlton launched her legal career to unlock the legal process for entrepreneurs and social enterprises. With her rich blend of negotiation, financial, and legal pr... read more
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John Allen W.

John Allen Waldrop

23 reviews
Waldrop & Colvin is a Virginia based law firm with premier talent delivering a boutique experience. We serve national clients in various industries with locations world... read more
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Sagar P.

Sagar Parikh

22 reviews
Sagar Parikh is the founder and principal lawyer of Beverley Hills Law Corp, PC. His practice focuses in particular on real estate law, entertainment law, business law, employment law, and landlord-tenant law. His firm aims to make sure that every client’s needs are met and to make the law accessible to clients.
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Daniel E. G.

Daniel E. Goodrich

21 reviews
Daniel E. Goodrich is a corporate counselor with over six years of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in multiple states, including California and the District of Columbia. Daniel holds a Juris Doctorate degree in law, which he obtained after graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law. Daniel primarily specializes in mergers and acquisitions. He founded his own legal firm, DG Law, in December 2012.
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Rondesse Legal P.

Rondesse Legal Pllc

20 reviews
Our firm, Rondesse Legal, is more than just a group of lawyers; we're a close-knit team of legal enthusiasts, each with our unique journey and shared to deliver outstanding... read more
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Stephan H.

Stephan Holmquist

19 reviews
Served as transactional and litigation counsel to clients ranging from start-ups to government entities to publicly traded, Fortune 50 companies. Served as outside genera... read more
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Ryan A. W.

Ryan A. Woods

17 reviews
Ryan Woods is both a business attorney and an entrepreneur, with years of experience behind him as a successful online business owner. Ryan was recently licensed to practice law in California. He is experienced in all areas related to starting a new business, with a particular focus on labor and employment law, as well as securities and finances. He has been the CFO and a general counselor at Tinsel App Holdings Inc. since March 2015.
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Niq H.

Niq Howard

16 reviews
I want your business to succeed as much as you do, which is why I help create strategies and solutions that fit the unique needs of you and your Intellectual Property. Work... read more
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Thomas D.

Thomas Demuth

16 reviews
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Upon graduation, I went to McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago and practiced corporate, real estate and tax law.... read more
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Michael M.

Michael Mowery

15 reviews
I have lived and understand your opportunities and challenges. As a global corporate legal executive and social sector entrepreneur, I’ve partnered with a broad range of bu... read more
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Timothy D.

Timothy Duffy

15 reviews
Tim is an Illinois licensed attorney. For the past five years he has helped a wide variety of startups, small businesses, and individuals manage their legal issues, from se... read more
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Eric B.

Eric Broad

14 reviews
I’m the Founder and CEO of Bowery Legal, a firm composed of startup and venture capital lawyers and entrepreneurs who have worked at big law firms such as Latham & Watk... read more
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Outside Legal Counsel L.

Outside Legal Counsel Llp

14 reviews
What sets us apart from others in our industry is the level of personalized attention and care we put into building relationships with clients. We pride ourselves in gettin... read more
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Rabih H.

Rabih Hamawi

2 reviews
Mr. Hamawi has extensive expertise in insurance coverage and counseling, business negotiations and commercial transactions, and commercial litigation. He represents insur... read more
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Starting an LLC in Michigan with a business startup attorney on UpCounsel is easy, informative, and cost-effective. In just three simple steps, our LLC attorneys will help you protect your business and personal assets, and help you organize your business for state and federal compliance for limited liability companies.

When forming an LLC in Michigan with UpCounsel, the attorney you choose to help you will conduct a business name search for your Michigan LLC and assist you in preparing your LLC Operating Agreement, along with providing other legal services based on your needs. Once your Articles of Organization have been prepared and successfully filed with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services, your Michigan LLC has been formed and begins its existence as a corporate entity.

Requirements for Forming a Michigan LLC

Choosing a Company Name for Your LLC

One of the first steps in the process of forming your Michigan Limited Liability Company is to choose your business name.

The business name that you choose must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "LLC" or "L.L.C." as the last words in the name of the limited liability company. The words "limited" and "company" may be abbreviated to "Ltd." and "Co.," respectively.

It must be distinguishable (not the same as or deceptively similar to) the name of any Michigan Limited Liability Company or foreign LLC reserved or registered and cannot contain the words "bank," "trust," "trustee,""incorporated," "inc.," corporation," or "corp.," or "insurer" or "insurance company" or any other words suggesting that it is in the business of issuing policies of insurance and assuming insurance risks.

Your LLC name may contain the name of one or more members.

By using UpCounsel, you can choose several business names in order of preference. Your attorney of choice can then conduct a name check for your Michigan Limited Liability Company before filing to see which names are available. Once you have chosen an available name, your chosen LLC attorney can help you properly register your name with the State of Michigan.

Articles of Organization: When forming an LLC in Michigan, the Articles of Organization must be filed with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services. Michigan state law requires that certain information be included in your Articles of Organization when forming your Michigan LLC.

This information must include:

  1. The LLC name and address.
  2. The purpose of the LLC.
  3. The name and address of the registered agent for service of process on the LLC.
  4. Whether LLC's duration is for a specified period or infinite.
  5. A statement acknowledging that LLC will be manager-managed rather than member-managed (if applicable).

Additionally, a Michigan LLC formation generally requires inclusion and/or consideration of the following:

Organizers: One or more people may form a LLC, yet they do not need to be members of the LLC.

Minimum Number of LLC Organizers: One (or more).

Eligibility: An organizer may be an individual, partnership, limited partnership, trust, estate, association, corporation, limited liability company, or other entity, whether domestic or foreign.

LLC Operating Agreement: Although not required, LLC members may adopt an operating agreement for the company, which may also be amended and repealed as allowed by the agreement or applicable law. The Articles of Organization may contain restrictions or prohibitions on the power of the members to adopt, amend, or repeal an operating agreement. If there is more than one member, any operating agreement shall initially be agreed to, in writing, by all of the members.

Membership: A limited liability company must have one or more members.

Eligibility Requirements: A natural person or an entity.

Procedure for Membership: The member may acquire an interest in the LLC directly from the limited liability company at the time of formation and, after formation, at the time provided in and upon compliance with the Articles of Organization or the operating agreement or, if not provided, only upon the vote of a majority in interest of the LLC members, excluding the vote of the person acquiring the membership interest, and only when the person becomes a party to the LLC's operating agreement.

Resident Agent needed for a Michigan LLC

UpCounsel attorneys can also provide your business with a registered agent in Michigan. Every Michigan LLC must have a registered agent in Michigan, which is the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence and notice if the company is "served" with a lawsuit. A Michigan resident, corporation, or a foreign corporation that has the authority to transact business in Michigan may act as a registered agent, as long as they have a physical street address in Michigan.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services (SEC OF STATE??)

Once you create an LLC in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services will require that certain recurring responsibilities and duties be fulfilled. The most important of these are explained below.

For further information, contact the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services.

Recurring Responsibilities and Duties for Michigan LLCs

Annual Report: Each limited liability company shall provide an annual report to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services regarding its financial condition to each of its members. This must be filed every year by February 15. The filing fee for the annual report is $25.

Records: Each Michigan limited liability company must keep the following records open to inspection at its office:

  1. A current list of the full name and last known business or residence address of each member and of each holder of an economic interest in the limited liability company set forth in alphabetical order, together with the contribution and the share in profits and losses of each member and holder of an economic interest.
  2. If the LLC is manager-managed, you will need a current list including the full name and business or residence address of each manager.
  3. A copy of the Articles of Organization and all amendments thereto, together with any powers of attorney pursuant to which the Articles of Organization or any amendments thereto were executed.
  4. Copies of the limited liability company's federal, state, and local income tax or information returns and reports, if any, for the six most recent taxable years
  5. A copy of the LLC's Operating Agreement, if in writing, and any amendments thereto, together with any powers of attorney pursuant to which any written operating agreement or any amendments thereto were executed.
  6. Copies of the limited liability company's financial statements, if any, for the six most recent fiscal years.
  7. The books and records of internal affairs as they relate to the limited liability company for at least the current and past four fiscal years.

Filing Fees for a Michigan LLC

Filing of the Articles of Organization must be made with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Commercial Services in which the LLC was organized, along with the appropriate state filing fee. The fee for this is $50 and the Articles may be emailed or mailed along with the fee.

Taxes for a Michigan LLC

Having an LLC in Michigan can offer certain tax advantages over having a corporation, including the availability of more tax deductions. Additionally, an LLC is not required to be a separate tax entity like a corporation; instead, it can be considered a "pass-through entity," so that the owners of the LLC report business losses or profits on their personal tax returns, just like in a partnership.

Federal Income Tax: Unless you elect to tax the limited liability company as a corporation, the IRS will treat a single-member LLC in Michigan as a sole proprietorship for tax purposes. This means that the LLC itself does not have to pay taxes or file a tax return. Unless you elect to tax the limited Liability company as a corporation, the IRS treats multi-member LLCs as partnerships for tax purposes. This means that LLC owners will each need to pay taxes on their lawful share of the profits on their personal income tax returns, not just on the LLC itself. However, if you file IRS Form 8832, you may elect for corporate taxation if you regularly need to keep a substantial amount of your profits in the LLC.

Federal Tax Identification Number: Your LLC will need to obtain a federal tax identification number, which is also known as an Employment Identification Number (EIN). An EIN is similar to an individual's social security number. You will need an EIN for your LLC as long as there is one member, even if the LLC does not have employees. For certain tax filing requirements the attorney you choose on UpCounsel can help prepare your Federal Tax ID Application, if you have not done so already.

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