I really don't see a problem with placing the utilities in your name. It appears very obvious you are acting as an agent for the LLC. I can't imagine this would come under any serious tax inquiry. If the records and books for the LLC back up your contentions, then I really think you are pretty bullet proof in this regard.
I hope this is helpful.
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We must qualify this answer by first, recommending calling your CPA. But, typically LLC paid the utilities, the LLC gets the deduction. Now, from a legal standpoint. You might want to avoid putting ANYTHING in your personal name without qualifying it as you are the Agent for the LLC, or Managing Officer. This will avoid any problems later for non-payment by the LLC. We lawyers evaluate from a downfall perspective. So, if the LLC fails to satisfy the debt, you don't want to be personally liable. The Utilities is protecting themselves by putting a name on it. Try to avoid with other venders unless you have to issue a personal guarantee. At that point, you need to sit down with any other partners of the business and figure out who is going to take that responsibility, or if all of you will.
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It is not a great idea to have the utilities in your name if the property is in the name of the partnership. However, if that was required by the utility, try to have some written evidence of that requirement in your files. In balance, no, it should not be a problem that the utilities are in your name and the LLC pays the bill.Ask a similar question