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Hi Robin, so let me ask you this - My company D&T is a single

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Hi Robin, so let me ask you this - My company D&T is a single member LLC. My new company King Pet Care LLC is a two member llc, one being Linette King a person, and 2 being my company D&T. In this situation, can money D&T gives to King Pet CARE LLC be viewed as an expense for D&T - since D& T is th majority owner (90% say) of King pet Care


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Evidently, Robin is not available, so I'll try to answer your question.

Unfortunately, there would be no basis to "expense" the payments by D&T to King Pet Care LLC. These payments by D&T would either be a loan to King or part of D&T's investment in King.

Note that in the case of King you have 3 options in terms of how you report the activity of King for income tax purposes:

1. A Partnership; 2. A Regular "C" corporation or 3. An S-corporation

The easiest would probably be a partnership given the ownership interests of King.

Should you elect to file King as an S-coprporation, I believe that you would need to be filing D&T's activity as a sole proprietor as in that case the D&T LLC ownership interest would be attributed to you which would mean that as an individual, you would be a permitted shareholder of King.

I wonder why you would want to relate the two LLC's (with D&T having a 90% interest in King). There are no tax advantages to doing so & if you are concerned with liability, you have already covered that as best you can by having King operate as an LLC. In fact, you are potentially exposing D&T's assets to King's liabilities by having D&T own 90% of King.

You may be much better off just owning 90% of King directly yourself, just as you own 100% of D&T individually.

If the funds that are availble to fund King are in D&T, and you are reporting D&T as either a sole proprietor or an S-Corp, you can withdraw the funds tax free from your D&T accounts and either loan to or invest in King individually. Alternatively, you can loan the funds to King from D&T if you are operating D&T as an S-Corp.

Generally, keeping the operations separate will afford the most flexibility, particulary when there is a minority interest as the majority interest has a fiduicary responsibility to the minority and involving your other company (D&T) in the ownership of King, just complicates things as well as exposes D&T to that fiduciary responsibility.

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