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Thank you for your question, and thanks for using JustAnswer.com. Let's go through each of your questions: Now, is it too late to amend the structure of the LLC to include her as a partner and file the LLC's 2012 taxes as a partnership? Are there any benefits in doing so?
Yes, it is too late now. You can amend the structure and from that point forward be a partnership, but you can't do that retrospectively. The benefits of having a partnership is that you would spread the income over two people's taxes, and if your girlfriend is in a lower tax bracket less total tax will be paid. Once you get married, then there is no benefit to having a partnership. Also, what forms do I and my fiance need to file taxes for 2012?
You're going to have a 1040, schedule C, Schedule SE, and schedule E based on the information you have given. Your girlfriend will need a 1040.If I want to hire an accountant, should I hire one in PA, MO, or WY?
I would hire one in PA where you live, so you can see them face to face. About how much (approximate is okay) will filing for taxes cost?
Your tax situation could cost up to $1,000 to have your taxes done, because you have both a business and rental property, and two state tax returns
(WY does not have state income tax
). Between $500-1,000 would be the range I guess. What questions should I ask the CPA when I interview for one to make sure they are qualified.
You should ask them if they do much multi-state taxes, since you will have MO and PA tax. You should ask them if they work with many small businesses, and if they have worked with rental property.
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