Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) is a type of organization in which each partner’s liability is limited to the extent of his/her shareholding. It is formed under the Limited Liability Partnership Act 2008. LLP can be set up by a minimum of two partners and a minimum of two designated partners (Partners can be designated partners).
Beneﬁts of setting up an LLP:
(What are some beneﬁts of setting up an LLP?)
• Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) ﬁrm is a combination of partnership ﬁrm and private limited company, hence LLP enjoys beneﬁts of both types of organizations.
• Partners have limited liabilities.
• It has a separate legal entity.
• It is a legal entity and can purchase assets in its name.
• The cost of forming an LLP is lower as compared to that of a Company.
• LLP should have a minimum of two partners but the maximum limit of partners has not been speciﬁed.
• As compared to a private company, the number of compliances is on the lesser side in
case of an LLP.
List of documents and information required to set up an LLP:
(Which documents and information should be kept ready while setting up an LLP?)
1. Name of the partners (Partners should be legally competent to enter into an
agreement and should be of age 18 or above).
2. The total number of partners.
3. Address proof and identity proof of the partners (Aadhar Card and PAN card is compulsory).
4. Designated Partners’ proﬁt and loss sharing ratio.
5. Duration of LLP.
6. Initial contribution amount.
7. Contribution by each partner.
8. Proﬁt-sharing percentage of each partner.
9. Address proof of the place of business.
10. Proposed name of the LLP.
11. Nature of the business.
12. Date of commencement of business.
13. Commission/Salaries, if any payable to each Designated Partner.
14. Responsibilities, duties, obligations, etc. of each partner.
15. Registered LLP Agreement.
For setting up an LLP, following e-forms are to be ﬁled through the (MCA) website:
• Form 1: Application for reservation of name.
• Form 2: Incorporation document and subscriber’s statement.
• Form 3: Information with regard to the limited liability partnership agreement.
(Forms are available on http://www.mca.gov.in/MinistryV2/llpformsdownload.html link)
Note: The procedure, information and documents required to set up an LLP may vary as per any amendments in the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 or the e-form ﬁling procedures and requirements of MCA website.
Q: Is there a maximum limit for the number of partners for an LLP?
A - There is no maximum limit for the number of partners for an LLP.
Q: How is an LLP diﬀerent for Partnership Firm?
A - Here are some diﬀerences between an LLP and Partnership ﬁrm:
a. LLP is a combination of a Partnership ﬁrm and a Company.
b. In case of Partnership ﬁrm, there can be a maximum of 20 partners, but there is
no such maximum limit for LLP.
c. As LLP is a separate legal entity, the liability of its partners is limited to the amount of contribution in the LLP. Whereas in case of Partnership ﬁrm the partner and the ﬁrm are not considered as a separate entity, hence, the liability of partners is unlimited and joint.
d. An LLP has to ﬁle its ﬁnancial statements and annual report with MCA. This is not applicable to a Partnership ﬁrm.
Q: Is there any minimum contribution requirement to set up an LLP?
A - There is no minimum contribution limit to start an LLP.
Q: How is the internal working and management of the LLP decided?
A - The internal working and management of an LLP are as per the LLP deed and
applicable rules, regulations and sections of LLP Act 2008.