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Although the LLC is not a Corporation, it provides many of the same benefits as a Corporation. This is another option that is often attractive to small businesses because it provides the limited liability benefits of a Corporation with the “pass-through” taxation of a sole proprietorship or partnership. In addition, unlike a Corporation, members of an LLC have the ability to control other members’ ability to transfer ownership by voting power of their membership.

Finally, the ownership restrictions subject to S-Corporations are not applicable to the LLC making this structure ideal for foreign investors.

If you are not a US citizen, a Pennsylvania company may be one of the best tools available to protect your assets, increase your privacy and reduce your tax burden.

About Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, officially Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, constituent state of the United States of America, one of the original 13 American colonies. The state is approximately rectangular in shape and stretches about 300 miles (480 km) from east to west and 150 miles (240 km) from north to south. It is bounded to the north by Lake Erie and New York state; to the east by New York and New Jersey; to the south by Delaware, Maryland, and West Virginia; and to the west by the panhandle of West Virginia and by Ohio. Harrisburg, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is the capital.

Pennsylvania is classified as a Middle Atlantic state, along with New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Its central location on the Eastern Seaboard is sometimes said to be the source of its nickname, the Keystone State. It does not, however, touch the Atlantic Ocean at any point. Water nonetheless has been nearly as crucial in the state’s growth as the wealth of its earth. The Delaware River forms the boundary between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In the northwest a small panhandle separates Ohio and New York and forms a 40-mile (65-km) waterfront on Lake Erie, giving the state access to the iron ore barges and other commerce of the Great Lakes.

The state has two great metropolitan areas. Philadelphia is a part of the East Coast population belt stretching from Boston to Norfolk, Virginia. It is a major harbour on the Delaware River and one of the world’s busiest shipping centres. In the west, Pittsburgh lies on the eastern edge of the great industrial region extending along the Great Lakes plains to Chicago.

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A limited liability company formed in Pennsylvania (“LLC”) is an entity which, once properly formed and registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State, Corporation Bureau, is then controlled by its owners (called “Members”). Sometimes Members appoint a designated person or other entity to control the day to day operation of the LLC. This person or entity is then classified as the “Manager.” A Manager can be a Member but that is not necessary. If there is no Manager, then the Members control the business operations of the LLC directly.

Creating a written agreement between the Members at the time the LLC is formed is important. It should state how the Members will make decisions affecting all aspects of the LLC. A key issue to cover in the agreement is whether a simple majority or greater majority vote is required between two or more Members in order to make a binding decision on behalf of the LLC. This agreement, when placed in writing, is called an Operating Agreement. It should also govern other issues including how to value a Member’s interest in the LLC and each Member’s right to sell his individual membership interest.

Members in an LLC enjoy substantial, but not complete, immunity from personal liability for the activities of the LLC. Personal liability can still attach to individual Members under certain circumstances which would include, but not necessarily be limited to:

Failing to operate the LLC as an entity separate from its Members’ personal financial affairs. Examples of this would include commingling personal and LLC funds in bank accounts and other type of accounts;

Lack of adequate record keeping distinguishing personal activities from business activities of the LLC;

Using LLC funds to pay for personal expenses or vice versa;

Failing to require all legal documents for necessary LLC operations to be in the name of the LLC and failure of the Members to not properly sign such documents in their capacity as “Member of XYZ, LLC”;

Direct action by a Member of an LLC which actually caused loss or injury to a third party may cause the individual to be individually or jointly liable with the LLC and may certainly result in the individual being sued, whether or not liability is established.
The initial and ongoing expenses of creating and operating an LLC would include:

The state filing fees and legal fees to form and register the LLC;

The legal fees for preparing a written Operating Agreement between the Members;
Cost of preparation of a separate tax return for Pa. taxes and either a separate return or schedule for federal taxes.
Forming any business entity should involve considerable analysis. An LLC is only one type available. Others include a corporation, general partnership and limited partnership. Each offers advantages and disadvantages. Invest in some competent legal advice before creating a business entity. You may even find out that you do not need one.

Pennsylvania LLC features

Features and advantages of a Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company

The name of a Pennsylvania LLC must not bear any similarity to an existing company registered in Pennsylvania and must end with the words “Limited Liability Company”, “Company”, “L.L.C.” or “LLC”.

A registered agent with a registered office, with a street in Pennsylvania, is required. You may wish to have an office with an address where mail may be directed. We will provide these services.

The registered agent will prepare and file the Articles of Organization with the Pennsylvania Secretary-of-State, at which time the Limited Liability Company will legally exist.


  • A Pennsylvania LLC is a legal business entity and is treated as separate from its owners.
  • The LLC does not issue shares, therefore, does not have shareholders. Its owners are members of the LLC.
  • A Pennsylvania LLC may be organized with a minimum of one member; however, this is not recommended for a non-resident alien. An LLC with just one member may be treated as a Sole Proprietorship and the member will be tax liable for worldwide income.
  • When formed by two or more physical non-resident members, the tax treatment is much more favourable.


  • The members of a Pennsylvania LLC usually manage the business. The authority of the members is normally in direct proportion to their interest in the profits of the LLC.
  • A manager may be appointed if this option is found to be convenient.
  • The manager may be a member.
  • There is no Board of Directors. The manager is directly responsible to the members.


  • A Pennsylvania LLC is owned by its members.
  • Non-resident aliens and/or companies may fully own a Pennsylvania LLC.
  • The LLC may also be owned by Corporations (companies limited by shares), other LLC’s, Partnerships, Trusts, Pension Plans, Charitable Organization and US residents.
  • There are no restrictions as to the number of members and their residence or citizenship.

Liabilities and obligations

A Pennsylvania LLC offers asset protection to its owners. The Limited Liability status ensures that debt and other obligations are the sole responsibility of the company


  • A Pennsylvania LLC is a tax-free business entity.
  • Income from the distribution of profits to the owners is taxed on the Personal income basis of the owner.
  • If no income is derived from doing business or trade within the US, the non-resident alien members are not liable for United States tax and do not have to file tax returns.
  • It is recommended that when organizing an LLC, non-resident members should be physical persons. IF it is formed by non-resident legal entities, such as companies or corporations, the LLC may be considered by the IRS as a branch of a foreign company in the US and the LLC will therefore be taxed on its worldwide income.
  • Income is said not to have been derived from the United States, providing that:
    • The LLC is not effectively connected with trade or business within the United States.
    • It does not employ US residents on a permanent basis.
    • It does not rely on a dedicated place of business within the United States. This does not apply to an office which is infrequently used.

Meeting and records

  • Meeting of the members of an Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company is not a statutory requirement. The members may meet if necessary, anywhere and by what means they choose.
  • Accounts and other records do not have to be filed with the exception of Form 1065, which is filed with the IRS annually, to ensure US residents properly report their income.

How you can benefit by forming a tax-free U.S. company


The U.S. Limited Liability Company (LLC) is becoming an essential international tax planning tool through the advantages of “flow-through” taxation. Like a U.S. corporation, the LLC provides protection from liability, but for tax purposes it is treated like a partnership. This means the LLC itself pays no income tax. Instead, all income and expenses “flow” directly to the owners.

By forming and using a U.S. LLC in conjunction with an offshore company, you can combine the best of both the onshore and offshore worlds. A carefully LLC will enable you to avoid the increased scrutiny of offshore companies and gain the acceptability of a U.S. company with the tax advantages of an offshore company.

How does it work?

For a U.S. LLC to be tax free in the United States, the LLC must meet the following requirements: it must have no income or expenses in the U.S., and it must be owned by a foreign company or by a non-U.S. citizen who lives outside the U.S. Once established, you do business with your U.S. company counterpart by receiving invoices from and making payments to the U.S. company. The U.S. LLC, in turn, deposits the funds in its bank account. The money is transferred to your offshore company’s bank account. You can then spend or invest the money tax free.

Our firm specializes in the formation of U.S. companies for use in international tax planning strategies. We have implemented our unique approaches for helping foreign companies achieve tax advantages for the past 7 years. Our services include all of the necessary elements to form your U.S. LLC and maximize your success by creating a “believable image” that will avoid the scrutiny of tax authorities.

TBA advantage

Our firm has several key elements that will ensure your success. Our strategies are built on sound legal advice from leading U.S. tax attorneys. We have extensive experience in company formation and U.S. tax law. We work directly with tax and financial professionals, never with taxpayers. And finally, we have a proven ability to take you through the process of creating a “believable image” with a Virtual Office that includes mail, phone and fax forwarding and professional business identity packages.

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