Rhode Island LLC
Advantages and Disadvantages

Rhode Island LLC Advantages and Disadvantages

Rhode Island LLC:

An Rhode Island LLC offers business entrepreneurs the form of corporate organization that provides perhaps the most flexibility to you. An LLC formation, like the alternative corporate forms of organization like a limited partnership or a Subchapter S Corporation, are generally prime candidates for a business juststarting. The state of Rhode Island gives public support to an Rhode Island LLC.

Should I form a Rhode Island LLC?

An Rhode Island LLC satisfies a necessary condition of your business planning developement in that it meets the requirement that you establish a legal form of organization in order to gain the statutory benefits and protection available in Rhode Island to your LLC. Your Rhode Island LLC establishes a legal presence within the state, which you can use either as a platform for in-state operations or by registering your Rhode Island LLC via your agent's physical address in order to meet the purely statutory requirement for tax and filing purposes absent an in state operation.

Advantages and Disadvantages:
Rhode Island LLC

Advantages of LLC

  • Limited Liability: Owners of a LLC have the limited liability protection of a corporation.

  • Flexible Profit Distribution: Limited liability companies can select varying forms of distribution of profits. Unlike a common partnership where the split is 50-50, LLC have much more flexibility.

  • No Minutes: Corporations are required to keep formal minutes, have meetings, and record resolutions. The LLC business structure requires no corporate minutes or resolutions and is easier to operate.

  • Flow Through Taxation: All your business losses, profits, and expenses flow through the company to the individual members. You avoid the double taxation of paying corporate tax and individual tax. Usually, this will be a tax advantage, but circumstances can favor a corporate tax structure.

Disadvantages of LLC

  • Limited Life: Corporations can live forever, whereas a LLC is dissolved when a member dies or undergoes bankruptcy.

  • Going Public: Business owners with plans to take their company public, or issuing employee shares in the future, may be best served by choosing a corporate business structure.

  • Added Complexity: Running a sole-proprietorship or partnership will have less paperwork and complexity. A LLC may federally be classified as a sole-proprietorship, partnership, or corporation for tax purposes. Classification can be selected or a default may apply.

By Rhode Island and other state law in order to proceed with forming a llc, you need to prepare a written abstract detailing your llc purpose, the names of your initial Rhode Island LLC members, the name and address of your Rhode Island registered agent, the details of which will be introduced into the body of your LLC operating agreement and related Rhode Island LLC formation documents assembled for application to the state of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island's 2008 Business Tax Climate Ranks 50th

Rhode Island ranks 50th in the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes; individual income taxes; sales taxes; unemployment insurance taxes; and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property. Neighboring states ranked as follows: Connecticut (38th) and Massachusetts (34th).

Rhode Island's Individual Income Tax System

Rhode Island's personal income tax system consists of five brackets and a top rate of 9.9%, kicking in at an income level of $349,700. Rhode Island's income tax system closely adheres to the federal income tax code. Among states levying personal income taxes, Rhode Island's top rate of 9.9% is the second highest nationally. Rhode Island's 2005 individual income tax collections were $930 per person, which ranked 16th highest nationally.

Rhode Island's Corporate Income Tax System

Rhode Island's corporate tax structure consists of a flat rate of 9% on all corporate income. Among states levying corporate income taxes, Rhode Island's rate ranks 7th highest nationally. In 2006, state-level corporate tax collections (excluding local taxes) were $159.11 per capita, which ranked 19th highest nationally.

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