I own a e-commerce website as a sole proprietership, and so does my freind. We want to merge the two website's, and start a new website, all of which will be owned 50/50 under an LLC. I have an FEIN number for my sole propietership already, along with a state sales tax number & account. Can the sales tax number be used for all 3 e-commerce website's, or does it have to be set up under the name of the LLC in order to apply to all 3 website's? What's the easiest way to hold these 2 entities and start a new entity all under one LLC with each partner owning 50% of all 3 entities?
1st form the LLC, and do an Operating Agreement that spells out who owns what, how ties are broken, how 1 of you buys out the other one, etc. etc.
2nd, assign or sell the rights to the existing businesses to the LLC. That's 2 documents, and may mean domain names, trademarks, trade secrets, good will, etc. A business lawyer can help document the transactions. A CPA can handle the tax aspects of this. If your lawyer also does IP, they can handle the acquisition of the trademark for the new company. Once you get this done, there will not be 3 companies, there will be just 1.
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