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Individual business owner "Tom" has 2 LLCs, LLC-A and

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Individual business owner "Tom" has 2 LLC's, LLC-A and LLC-B. Each with its own separate bank accounts at the same Bank Z. If Tom online transfers $1000/- funds from account A with LLC-A to account B with LLC-B, and 6 months later, transfer the $1000/- funds back LLC B to LLC-A

How should the books of LLC- A and B show the transaction

a) Owner distribution/ Draw in each LLC
b) To/From Liability account in each LLC?
c) other?

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

Each LLC is a separate legal entity from each other, and from the owner. That means that the owner of multiple LLCs cannot simply transfer money from one to the other. LLC A could loan money to LLC B pursuant to a written loan agreement. LLC A could then later repay the loan in connection with the terms of that agreement. It may be necessary to have a board meeting where LLC-B agrees to loan the money to LLC-A, if this is not ordinarily the type of transaction that LLC-B would engage in. Essentially, it must be clear that the owner is not using the LLCs as separate bank accounts but is actually treating them as legal entities and observing corporate formalities.

If the owner can take a distribution from LLC-A consistent with the operating agreement, he is permitted to take money for himself. He could then give a loan to LLC-B.

Take a look at this article, which explains more about corporate formalities and why it is important to maintain them.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.


I understand the need for corporate formalities. My question has to do specifically with the Accounting or Bookkeeping aspects of the problem and how to record the movement of funds, assuming that all corporate formalities have been observed. I am not sure why a Lawyer is involved in answering this question

Best regards


Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Relist: Other.
My question should be directed to an Accountant or CPA for an answer
Hello, my name isXXXXX & I'll be helping you today. My goal is to give you a complete & accurate answer that you can understand.

First of all since you aren't currently online, I'll make a couple of assumptions & if they aren't correct, let me know & we can discuss further.

I presume that Tom is the sole member/owner of both LLCs.
I presume therefore that for income tax purposes Tom's income tax reporting of the LLCs is either on one combined Schedule C or two separate Schedule Cs reporting the activity of each LLC by including the Schedule C(s) on his personal income tax return.

If that is the case, then I must disagree with the previous expert in that no matter how you do the "bookkeeping" it doesn't matter from an income tax standpoint. The reason is that as a sole proprietor there is no tax reporting of business assets/liabilities except possibly inventory as a component of cost of goods sold & fixed assets as the basis for depreciation computations.

So transactions between the sole member/owner and himself may be handled as "loans or advances" between the LLCs or between either LLC and the Owner or pretty much any other recording method that serves Tom's purpose & doesn't involve any affect on profit or loss.

Therefore, your question as to whether either of your examples in your question are proper, the answer is that both are acceptable. If it were me, and separate sets of books are being maintained for each LLC, I'd use your example (b), because that is actually what was done. There's no problem transferring funds between the LLCs as long as you are the sole owner/member of both LLCs.

If there were other/member owners then that type of a transaction should either be covered in your operating agreement or the transaction should be approved in writing by the managing member and/or all of the owners, as the case may be.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Stephen G,

This is precisely the guidance that I was looking for. I have just one more follow up question relating to the last paragraph.

Would you suggest any thing different if TOM was not a sole owner but partnership and Tom(Jr) had discretionary powers to move funds.?

Best Regards- hari




That's a different situation if Tom & Tom(Jr) are equal partners. One way or another, Tom(Jr) has to approve the transaction.

The other thing you need to understand, is that the amount of money you are talking about makes a difference. You can't just extrapolate the principals relayed here to all similar situations; things like the affect on the financial position of either LLC would enter into consideration. It wouldn't affect the accounting for the transaction, but it could easily affect the propriety of transferring funds between LLCs in the first place.

Absent the historical knowledge of the actual specific situation and the parties involved, from my standpoint I'd much rather work with the actual factual situation that you are dealing with, rather than hypothetical examples that you (& only you) have determined parallel the actual situation you are really talking about.


In answering your follow-up question, the accounting wouldn't change, except that you wouldn't want to be running the transaction through the draw(s) accounts of a partnership, but rather your initial solution (b) would be more appropriate.

Remember, in a partnership there is a separate income tax return for the partnership and a continuity in the tax reporting of partnership assets and liabilities (balance sheet) on the partnership tax returns (Form 1065), whereas with a sole proprietorship there is no such reporting for income tax purposes.

Of course, it goes without saying, that if the ownership of the two LLCs involved were not the same, although the recommended accounting treatment wouldn't change, the propriety of cash transfers between the LLCs would add another whole set of considerations to the equation.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Stephen G,

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