An LLC contains elements of a general partnership and a corporation. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the popularity of LLCs (limited liability companies) occurs because owners enjoy limited personal liability for the debts and obligations of the business.


According to, courts view LLCs as separate legal entities. In other words, personal assets of owners remain separate from the assets of the business.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. According to the IRS, members of an LLC may include individuals, other LLCs, foreign entities and corporations. LLCs may consist of a single owner or an unlimited number of members.

Articles of Organization

LLC creation occurs with the filing of articles of organization with the secretary of state's office. Articles of organization state information such as the name and location of the LLC. Costs to file articles of organization vary depending on the state of formation.

Operating Agreement

As indicated on, an operating agreement governs an LLC. An operating agreement establishes roles of members, ownership interests and the manner in which the company will function.


When it comes to taxation, the IRS lacks a classification for LLCs. The IRS states that LLCs must file taxes as a partnership, corporation or a sole proprietor. Many LLC owners elect to pass their share of business profits and losses to their individual or joint tax return.