Utilizing revenue in an LLC as an investment, not income in a new year


We are currently in the month of December and have about $10K (all revenue - all expenses) in our LLC's account. We plan to use this to invest on a project early next year. Unfortunately, it is not possible to start and pay for this project by the end of this year. Is there any way we can avoid paying taxes this year?

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asked Dec 21 '11 at 03:33
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  • Would it be hard to invest it in something with low return but that qualifies as investment for tax purposes only while the right time comes? – Jclozano 12 years ago
  • @jclozano: investments are not deducted from annual income, so whether the company invests in stocks, mutual funds, etc., will not affect the fact that the company will need to pay income tax. – Vasiliy 12 years ago
  • i know that they are not deducted but i remember my Attorney saying in certain places there are ways to delay such taxes by investing, that's what i meant (btw he doesn't say if we are speaking about US tax laws, UK or elsewhere) – Jclozano 12 years ago

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No, because in reality: it is income, not investment. Regardless of how you turn it.

At the end of your financial year, surplus per definition is income.

answered Dec 21 '11 at 03:52
Net Tecture
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I assume you're a cash-basis taxpayer in this case. The answer to your question will be "No," you can't skip paying taxes on your net income for the year. The only way I know is to actually spend that money on something which qualifies as an expense. If you can do that, then you can achieve your goal. Can you pay somebody upfront for the work they will perform in the next year? I advise you consult a tax attorney or CPA for your particular situation (your question unfortunately does not provide enough info for a better guess about the best possible solution).

answered Dec 21 '11 at 12:10
323 points


If you can prepay rent, phone bills, or anything else you can stock up on, it will reduce your income. But on $10,000 how much income tax are you worried about. Some states have a minimum tax anyway so you might as well turn your income into after-tax money if you have to pay a minimum tax. If you're not rich and in a high tax bracket otherwise, the tax won't be a lot on your income anyway. You have to calculate how much tax you're looking at. But in the end, you have to account for it.

answered Dec 22 '11 at 08:03
Patrick Ny
300 points
  • Prepaid rent cannot be expensed in the year paid, unless certain requirements are met (amongst which business need, and non-material tax liability change, both of which won't hold in this case). A very dangerous advice. – Littleadv 12 years ago

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