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How are profits and losses reported in an LLC

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are considered "pass-through entities," similar to sole proprietorships or partnerships. This means that the profits and losses of an LLC are not paid by the business itself, but are reported by individual members on their personal tax returns. Despite not having to pay federal taxes, some states may require LLCs to pay annual taxes. However, all LLCs are required to file IRS Form 1065, an informational return that ensures members are accurately reporting income and losses. Each member of an LLC receives a Schedule K-1, which itemizes profits and losses. Taxes are paid based on each member's share of these profits and losses, known as distributive shares. These shares are usually determined by the member's percentage interest in the business, but can also be set up differently through a special allocation. Regardless of the distribution structure, members are required to pay taxes on their entire distributive share, even if the LLC did not distribute the money. Single-owner LLCs are treated like sole proprietorships, while multi-owner LLCs are considered partnerships by the IRS. All income and losses must be reported on a 1040 Schedule C. Even profits that remain in the company bank account at the end of the year are subject to income tax.
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