Limited Liability Company (LLC) FAQ

Can I convert my existing business to an LLC?

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Can I convert my existing business to an LLC?

Yes. Converting a sole proprietorship or a partnership to an LLC is an easy way for sole proprietors and partners to protect their personal assets without changing the way their business income is taxed.

Some states provide a simple form for converting a partnership to an LLC (often called a "certificate of conversion"). Sole proprietors and partners in states that don't provide a conversion form must file regular articles of organization to create an LLC.

In some states, before a partnership can officially convert to an LLC, it must publish a notice in a local newspaper that the partnership is being terminated. And in all states, you'll have to transfer all identification numbers, licenses, and permits to the name of your new LLC, including:

  • your federal employer identification number
  • your state employer identification number
  • your sales tax permit
  • your business license (or tax registration), and
  • any professional licenses or permits.

For general information on forming an LLC, read Nolo's article How to Form an LLC.

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