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1) First off that answer is way too simplistic. The answer is typically, "To engage in providing photography and videography services and to conduct any and all other business lawfully allowed within the state of California."
2) It only makes things complicated to have your spouse as a member of the LLC in the event of divorce. IF you do not make her a member, then she could be an employee and take salary for working (since a member of an LLC does not get to be an employee, they take profits or dividends from the LLC). That is a personal choice you need to make. No matter which way you choose to go, you should select "Manager managed" for your LLC, even if you will manage it yourself as a member, since if it grows larger you can put in a third party manager without modifying the documents and a manager managed LLC can still be managed by a member who is the manager.
3) If you select to be a corporation
, you can pay yourselves as members a salary. Sometimes, it is better for tax purposes to show you receive only a dividend or a share of profits, since there can be more tax write offs, but that is something you have to sit with a local CPA
4) Yes, there is a minimum franchise tax in CA no matter what you make and that is the minimum you have to pay. If you make more then you have to pay taxes on what you make.
5) DBA is a fictitious business name
that your LLC operates under, they do not pay separate taxes it all goes under the LLC.
6) If you are operating in Morovia, you can have a mailing address anywhere you like, including LA. You would still register your physical business location as Morovia.
7) This is the nuts and bolts of sales taxes for photographers, essentially what you read is correct, here is what is taxable and what is not for sales taxes: http://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/pub68.pdf
8) The issues of what you need to charge sales tax on are in the publication I provided (copy and paste the link to your browser, do not just click on it). For example, if you electronically deliver photos, that is not subject to sales tax.
9) It is only state and local sales tax, there is no federal sales tax.
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