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sho-omagari
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Sole owner of LLC C-Corp. Which product would I need? Self Employed? or Business.

I am a sole owner and manager of LLC C-Corp. I've hired several independent contractors over the course. 

Which product best fits my situation? Turbotax Business? 

Also would it include my personal tax return? or do I need another, separate product for that as well. 

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VolvoGirl
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Sole owner of LLC C-Corp. Which product would I need? Self Employed? or Business.

You are a C corp?  Then yes you need Turbo Tax Business to do the C corp return.  Then you will also need a personal program for your 1040 return.  You will need either the Online Premier version or any Desktop program.

You can prepare the 1099Misc from the Business program.  You need to give a 1099Misc to anyone you paid $600 or more to for the year. But not to corporations or for merchandise. You send the IRS a copy of the 1099Misc with the transmittal summary form 1096. These are due to the person by Jan 31 and to the IRS by Jan 31.  See,
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900412-how-do-i-create-w-2-and-1099-forms-in-turbotax-business

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

Sole owner of LLC C-Corp. Which product would I need? Self Employed? or Business.

You are a C corp?  Then yes you need Turbo Tax Business to do the C corp return.  Then you will also need a personal program for your 1040 return.  You will need either the Online Premier version or any Desktop program.

You can prepare the 1099Misc from the Business program.  You need to give a 1099Misc to anyone you paid $600 or more to for the year. But not to corporations or for merchandise. You send the IRS a copy of the 1099Misc with the transmittal summary form 1096. These are due to the person by Jan 31 and to the IRS by Jan 31.  See,
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900412-how-do-i-create-w-2-and-1099-forms-in-turbotax-business
sho-omagari
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Sole owner of LLC C-Corp. Which product would I need? Self Employed? or Business.

Thank you! I just wanted to double check since it is LLC, but treated as C Corp for tax purposes.
DougLLC
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Sole owner of LLC C-Corp. Which product would I need? Self Employed? or Business.

@VolvoGirl Will TTax Business transfer over the business deductions to my TTax Premier personal return?

I also am sole owner (no employees or consultants) of my trading LLC that is a C-Corp.  I have start up software expenses I need to deduct from my personal return.  Thanks in advance for your help.

VolvoGirl
Level 15

Sole owner of LLC C-Corp. Which product would I need? Self Employed? or Business.

No.  The Business program does not sync with the personal versions.  You will get a W2 or K-1 to manually enter into your personal return.  If this is your first year you should really go to a CPA to get the tax returns set up right.

Critter
Level 15

Sole owner of LLC C-Corp. Which product would I need? Self Employed? or Business.

Are you very sure you are a C-corp and not an S-corp (which is more common) ?

 

Do you need to make the S-corp election yet ? 

 

A C-corp pays it's own taxes and issues you a W-2 for the wages if you work for the company and will issue you a 1099-DIV for any dividends they are passing thru to you. 

 

An S-corp on the other hand will pass thru the profits to you on a K-1 form AND you are required to take a wage and report it on a W-2. 

 

You really really need to talk to a local person to be educated on what you have, what you need and the rules and requirements for your entity. Starting off on the wrong foot can cost you dearly later in penalties and interest charges. 

Carl
Level 15

Sole owner of LLC C-Corp. Which product would I need? Self Employed? or Business.

I just want to clarify some terminology for you, since I have no doubt you will be posting for more help in the future. Particularly on the 1120-S Corporate return.

I just wanted to double check since it is LLC, but treated as C Corp for tax purposes.

When an LLC files form 2553 to have their LLC (be it a multi-member or single member LLC) understand that is for *TAX* *PURPOSES* *ONLY*. Period. Having done that, in order to be treated like as S-Corp, your business must *act* like an S-Corp. It must follow all the laws, rules, regulations and requirements of your state and the federal government that apply to an S-Corp. But I want to reiterate that this treatment is for *TAX* *PURPOSES* *ONLY* and absolutely nothing else what-so-ever.

So when posting in the future concerning the business, simply state you have an S-Corp. The fact you may have started as an LLC and then filed the 2552 to be "treated like an S-Corp" is really irrelevant when the fact is, you *ARE* an S-Corp 100% all the way through the bone, when it comes to tax questions.

Please read the below I pulled from another "boilerplate" of mine to help you understand why I'm so forceful in trying my best to educate folks on this.

Additional Information For Rental Property Owners

Occasionally a rental property owner will be “convinced” they need to put their rental property into an LLC (be it single owner or multi-owner LLC) as a means of protecting themselves and their personal assets from legal litigation should they ever be sued by a tenant. The property owner is told the LLC gives them and their personal assets a “veil of protection” from any legal litigation that may arise as the result of legal actions perpetrated by a rental tenant. Nothing could be farther from the truth.  If you check court records (even in your local area) you’ll probably find numerous cases where a tenant sued their landlord and the LLC provided practically no protection of the property owner’s assets. That “veil of protection” supposedly offered by an LLC is so thin, even a new first time lawyer has no problem piercing that veil and attacking the personal assets of the property owner on behalf of the tenant. There are other problems and issues with this too.

In order to legally transfer ownership of rental property to an LLC, the owner must have the permission of the mortgage holder. No lender in their right mind will give this permission either. Even if you think you can refinance the property or “sell” it to your LLC, unless your LLC has the cash on hand to pay for it in full, your LLC will never qualify for the mortgage loan. The lender doesn’t want to risk your LLC going under (by filing bankruptcy for example), and they lose money because of it. So I’m confident in telling you, that’s not going to happen.

When you create an LLC for your rental property, it’s generally understood that business income gets reported on SCH C as a part of your personal tax return. However, a SCH C business produces “earned” income, and a rental property produces “passive” income. What’s the difference?

Earned income is income which you have to do out and “do something” in order to earn it. This income is subject to regular income tax, and also an additional 15.3% self-employment tax. The SE tax is basically the employer side of your social security and Medicare. But rental income is not “earned” income, and therefore is not reported on SCH C. So if you create an LLC for your rental property, then absolutely nothing concerning that rental property will be reported on SCH C. Not one penny of rental income and not one penny of rental expenses.

Rental income is “passive”. That’s because all you do with rental property on a recurring basis is just “sit there” and collect the rent every month. You are not “doing anything” to “earn” it on a recurring basis. That’s why rental income is reported on SCH E. Rental income is subject to regular tax, but is NOT subject to the additional self-employment tax. This means that rental income DOES NOT COUNT for your social security account or Medicare contributions.

SO if you create an LLC for your rental property, there are two things that will NOT happen.
 - You will not be able to “legally” transfer ownership of the property from you, to the LLC unless you have a really dumb lender.
 - You will not report one penny of rental income or one penny of rental expense on SCH C.

So in the end, you will be filing a zero income/expense SCH C with your personal tax return.

Now let’s say you decide to file the 2553 to treat your LLC like an S-Corp, and then you transfer ownership of the property to your LLC. You can and will report your rental income on SCH E as a part of the 1120-S Corporate Return, and you will also report the K-1 on SCH E as a part of your personal tax return. But keep in mind that this is for ***TAX PURPOSES ONLY!!!****. So if a tenant sues you, I seriously doubt the courts will recognize your S-Corp, and I seriously doubt the court will recognize the S-Corp as a physically separate owner of the property. Remember, that 8832 Entity Classification Election is for “TAX PURPOSES ONY”. It has no weight at all for any and all other legal purposes – such as you being sued by a tenant.

SO if you want to do this (and it still makes no financial sense) then form an actual S-Corp and transfer ownership of the property to the S-Corp. More than likely the lender won’t allow the transfer. But you can sell the property to the S-Corp if the S-Corp can qualify for a mortgage loan.  Overall though, it’s still financially dumb to do this. Here’s why I say that.

When you move out of your primary residence and convert it to residential rental real estate, you have to convert your homeowner’s insurance policy to a rental dwelling policy. Or if you buy the real estate as rental property outright, then you have to obtain a rental dwelling policy at that time.  A rental dwelling policy will, at a minimum, include $300,000 of liability coverage. For most that will suffice. But if the property is in certain areas of the country you may want more liability coverage. I have three rentals myself and have a total of $1,000,000 of liability on each. It cost me less than an additional $100 a year on the insurance for each property. So for me, it’s worth it. It’s also significantly cheaper not only in money, but in time spent dealing with corporate taxes and all that other additional paperwork crap.

One mistake I see quite often is that when an owner converts their primary residence or 2nd home to rental property, and they fail to update their insurance policy. This can bite when you have a claim. If the property is insured as your primary residence, but you are using it as rental property (which is other than it’s insured use) don’t be surprised when the insurance company denies your claim, and you can’t find any lawyers that will take your case.  If it’s a case of you being sued by a tenant, then to be honest and put it bluntly, you’re screwed.

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