How is an LLC different from an LLP in Texas?
A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a hybrid organization that takes aspects of corporations and combines them with the framework of a partnership. The owners of an LLC benefit from the ability to choose to be taxed at the company level, much like a corporation, or using pass-through taxation, as found in partnerships. An LLC generally has the management flexibility of a partnership as well. In Texas, this organizational structure may be owned by a sole individual or by a group. Either way, members have limited personal liability for the actions of the LLC.
A Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), on the other hand, cannot be considered a separate taxable entity, and therefore is restricted to pass-through income taxation. An LLP is essentially a General Partnership in which each partner is not liable for certain acts of other partners. Each partner is, however, directly impacted by any profits or losses that the LLP encounters. If one partner obligates the LLP to a debt, be it to creditors, landlords, lenders, etc. each partner can, to some extent, be held personally responsible.
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