Q: LLC in California owns a bar that closes. The LLC is delinquent on unsecured property taxes with the county.
Can the county go after members/owners of the LLC for payment of delinquent unsecured property tax?
A: Generally, if the LLC is kept separate from the members (no commingling), the LLC money has not been taken for personal use, etc., the members’ liability is limited to their capital in the LLC. Since there was a real property in the LLC’s name, it may have had a counsel, who would be in a much better position to advise you. Having said that, I have seen cases where numerous assets and large sums of money was involved in the business without using services of lawyers or CPAs, and all the legal and tax work has been done by a member, who was not a lawyer or a CPA. I trust you are not one of them. I hope this helps. Zaher Fallahi, Esq, CPA (CA &D.C.).
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