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I would like to start a business but don't know whether it should be listed as a LLC or INC?

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I am starting a car rental business as of right now there are no employees but I am unsure as to if it should be an LLC or INC. There are a total of 4 partners including myself.

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I suggest you sit down and show your business plan to an attorney. There are many factors to consider between a corporation and an LLC. They each have pros and cons. The issues include how to set one up, how to make an operating agreement, taxes, etc. It can get complicated depending on your goals. - This is not legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. This is for education and informational purposes only. It is always recommended that you contact an attorney with any concerns as each individual case is unique.



Can you refer any that will give a free consult?


You should also consult an accountant, as each of those entities have different tax implications. You should be fully informed as to the benefits and disadvantages to each type of entity.

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It seems as if your question is more about accounting questioning, rather than a legal question. You should have an accountant. If you are starting a new business and ask him how your business would benefit, whether being an LLC or a Corporation.if you have no issues with your partners and it is only an accounting issue, you are much better off speaking with your account.

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The decision whether to form and LLC or a corporation is based on many factors too numerous to explain in an answer here. I agree that you should consult a lawyer. While you CAN form an entity online or by yourself, just forming the entity is only the first step in starting a business. Regardless of the form you choose, you will want an operating agreement among the members (if you form an LLC) or a stockholder's agreement (if you form a corporation). I also agree that you should find a good accountant who specializes in small businesses.


Maryland has some great information on the State Department of Assessment and Taxation website for tax issues regarding formation of each type of business entity. Also see the link below regarding entity formation in Maryland. Further, check the SBA - see link below. You may want to see an attorney after you choose and then the attorney can advise you and help you set up and file the paperwork. Good luck!

The answers posted are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney in your jurisdiction to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

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