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Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

Im using QBs self for my single member LLC.  I am paying my est. taxes under my SSN' as est. from last years taxes but it seems the LLC has est. taxes as well. Should I pay estimated taxes for both my LLC and myself?
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Level 15

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

The IRS considers a single-member LLC to be a disregarded entity. So it doesn't matter if you pay estimated taxes under your SSN, or your EIN. The EIN is tied to your SSN, so it doesn't matter.

Also, the way you worded your question makes me think you are "paying yourself" as an employee of your LLC. The owner of a single-member LLC is not, and can not be, an employee of the business. Under no circumstances will you ever issue yourself a W-2, 1099-MSIC or any other type of tax reporting document. Income earned by the business is considered income earned by you. The only difference is, you will pay an additional 15% (approximately) on the income earned by the business. That's the Self-Employment tax, which is basically the employer side of Medicare and Social Security.

New Member

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

Okay thanks! No I'm not paying myself as an employee or 1099. Its just that, I do think the estimated taxes (based on last year's self employment) are low and just don't want to be penalized for it come tax season. Does the IRS penalize you for earning more than estimated/ underestimating payments?
Level 15

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

At tax filing time, if the amount you owe is 10% more than your total tax liability, only then is an underpayment penalty assessed. I always send in 20% of my gross business earnings each quarter. That practically guarantees me a refund every year and I'm never assessed a penalty for anything. For me, 20% easily keeps me within 10% of my total tax liability every year. Some years I get a refund, some years I owe. But if I owe, it's always less than 10% of my total tax liability.
New Member

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

Carl, does the owner of a single-member LLC pay state and federal unemployment taxes? I cannot seem to find a definitive answer.
Level 15

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

There is no such thing as federal UC tax. If your single member LLC has employees, then the payment of UC tax depends on the requirements of your state. I do know that in FL the UC tax is definitely paid if your business has employees. But in FL the terminology has changed. It's no longer called the Unemployment Compensation Tax. It's now called the Re-employment Tax. You can read about it (for Florida employers) at <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://floridarevenue.com/taxes/taxesfees/Pages/rt_rate.aspx">http://floridarevenue.com/taxes/taxesf...>
Level 15

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

BTW - If your single member LLC does have employees, if you use Quckbooks already for your business, you can purchase the payroll module for it, set it up for your particular state/location and it will guide you through all the withholdings you need to make from employee paychecks, as well as withholding matches and other things your business needs to pay to the state, local city/town if required, as well as the federal stuff.
Do note that if you are on QB 2017 or older, I don't know if you'll need to update to the 2018 version for the new tax laws.
Level 9

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

@Carl There certainly is Federal Unemployment Tax. Form 940 (FUTA).


@johnbaxtertrabol No, the owner of a Sole Proprietor does not owe Federal Unemployment tax on their business profit. I am not aware of any States that require it either, but you may want to check with your State.


In the event the Single Member LLC has filed the election to be taxed as a corporation, that changes things, and I would HIGHLY recommend going to a tax professional if that is the case.
New Member

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

@TaxGuyBill Thank you, I am located in Texas. I figured that as a sole prop, I do not pay myself wages. I am the owner and am compensated through a distribution of profits. Meaning I am not an employee, meaning I do not pay into or receive eligibility of unemployment. I have not filed to be a corporation for that very reason. Let me know if my line of logic is coherent. Thanks again.
Level 9

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

Yes, that is all correct.
New Member

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

Thanks!
Level 15

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

@TaxGuyBill thanks. When I started my business 13 years ago I hired one employee that only lasted three weeks before I let them go. Well, actually two. But the first on only lasted a day and a half. I do remember dealing with the state UC tax, and perhaps on the federal side since I let QB do the work, I just didn't see that.
New Member

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

Pigy-backing off of this question. I am a single-member LLC and I have an EIN. I enrolled in EFTPS to pay quarterly taxes under that EIN. My accountant told me to pay under form 1040-ES, but that form wasnt on the list. After talking to a customer service rep at EFTPS, they said that 1040-ES will only show up if you are registered under your SSN and that I must use 941 to pay under the EIN. Is this going to affect anything, or will everything be fine if I pay under 941, as a single-member LLC?

Level 15

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

If your single member LLC does not have any employees then your accountant is correct. Note that the owner of a single member LLC can not be an employee of the business they own.

So if you have no employees you can pay at www.irs.gov/payments each quarter, and do so under the SSN of the business owner. Otherwise, with employees you must go the 941 route. Now for the 941 depending on the income of your business, you "could" be required to file the 941 monthly. But for 90% of small businesses with employees, they don't come anywhere near that requirement and are just fine filing/paying quarterly.

Note that if your state taxes personal income, the filing requirements for state taxes could be different from federal taxes. So don't let that get past you or the fines and penalties will be a real killer at tax filing time.

New Member

Should I pay estimated taxes for my single member LLC and myself?

When paying your quartarly estimated taxes are you required by the IRS to send in the exact same amount every quarter?

Or can you just calculate what you make each quarter and send in 20% of that?

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