If LLC, taxed as a C-corporation, enters into partnership with a sole-proprietorship, does the LLC keep its tax classification as a C-corporation?
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Yes, that remain in place until the LLC elects to change its status by filing the requisite IRS form(s).
Most states allow a single member LLC. This is being recommended by tax practitioners to replace the sole proprietorship. In general it provides liability protection and an uncomplicated tax picture.
I suggest consulting with a tax advisor, business lawyer and CPA.
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Yes, the partnership would not alter the tax status of your LLC. Tax status, in this case, must be changed manually by filing with the IRS and FTB, if desired.
I agree with my colleagues: the LLC's status as a C corporation is unchanged. Be advised, however, that the partnership will be required to use the accrual method of accounting as it is considered a partnership with a C corporation partner.