The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is a legal form of business organization that offers the advantages of several other traditional structures. Limited liability is an advantage that the LLC shares with the corporation, but instead of being taxed as its own entity, it is treated more like a sole proprietorship or partnership for tax purposes. Like a corporation, the LLC can also have an unlimited amount of shareholders, called members. Unlike a corporation however, if a member dies, files for bankruptcy, or otherwise leaves the LLC, the company is dissolved. Many business forms have historically been aimed at the goal of limited liability, but the LLC is the most modern of these forms, having become popular since the enactment of laws in Iowa that authorized its formation.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Iowa allows a company to incorporate using the business form it chooses. To begin as an LLC, a company simply files the necessary form with the Secretary of State. Fees are often charged for opening LLC's, however, and Iowa law determines the costs for creating LLC's. When deciding whether to form a LLC, you should consider which laws would apply to your company. Although it may take some time to find, choosing the right business structure for your company will lead to increased profitability.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Under specific conditions, a business in Washington may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by Iowa law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A lawyer versed in Iowa business law will be able to advise you of the benefits and costs for forming and maintaining a LLC.