The LLC, or Limited Liability Company, is a business structure that was invented to offer an array of benefits typically provided by other traditional business forms. An LLC has the same advantage of limited liability that a corporation does, but without being taxed as its own entity. Instead, it's taxed more similarly to a sole proprietorship or partnership. Also like corporations, LLC's can have as many shareholders, or members, as it likes. Unlike a corporation however, the death or bankruptcy of one of the members will dissolve the LLC. Limited liability has historically been a primary goal of many business forms, but since the legislature authorized it in New York, the modern LLC has become increasingly popular.
Can My Business Be Formed as an LLC?
Businesses in New York can organize using whatever form they choose. The office of the Secretary of State is the organization that accepts filings by those who want to open LLC's. However, fees are generally required to form a LLC. The actions of LLC's as well as the costs for operating them are determined by New York law. These laws should certainly help you decide whether to organize as an LLC. The business structure that is appropriate for your business may take some effort to find, but finding the right business form can reward you with increased profitability.
Can I Change the Form of My Business to an LLC?
Under certain conditions, a business in Kingston may change its form. Eligibility for conversion to a LLC is determined by New York law.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Attorneys experienced in New York business law can give you valuable input on whether your business would be more profitable as a LLC.