What is the difference between a canceling or dissolving LLC.
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Question is a matter of semantics. Cancellation and dissolving LLC have same legal effect.
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Dissolution (and winding up) of a limited liability company is the process that the LLC goes through to get ready for termination of its existence (i.e., cancellation by the Secretary of State).
Cancellation is the process that the Secretary of State goes through that results in termination of the LLC's powers, rights, and privileges after the LLC has gone through dissolution and winding up of its affairs.
Put another way, dissolution and cancellation are the two steps that must be taken, by two different entities, for an LLC's existence to end. While both steps are required, they are not the same thing (if they were, two different terms probably would not be used).
See, e.g., the statutes at the link provided below.
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Essentially it is a question of semantics, for in practice, they mean the same thing. It is simply a matter of what procedure would follow to effectuate the end of the LLC as a live, actively-registered entity, depending on who is doing the "canceling" or "dissolving" --the sole member or members by consent, or the state agency overseeing corporate registration in the relevant jurisdiction. My versatile and learned California colleague, Attorney Michael Doland, has carefully outlined certain forms and procedures, which you would be well advised to consult. Best wishes to you.
The two terms mean essentially the same thing. If all the LLC members agree to dissolve, instead of filing certification dissolution, it can file a certificate of cancellation. Make sure that the dissolution/cancellation are done in accordance with the terms in the operating agreement. Attached are links to both Secretary of State and the Franchise Tax Board. There are forms that needed to be filed to both departments.
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From the Secretary of State web site
California Limited Liability Company: File a Certificate of Dissolution (Form LLC–3) and Certificate of Cancellation (Form LLC–4/7), unless all the members vote to dissolve, in which case only Form LLC–4/7 is required; OR, in limited circumstances, a Short Form Certificate of Cancellation (Form LLC–4/8) may be filed.
Foreign Limited Liability Company: File a Certificate of Cancellation (Form LLC–4/7).
California or Foreign Limited Partnership: File a Certificate of Cancellation (Form LP–4/7).
Do not forget to file a final tax return with the IRS and FTB
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