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I'm a mobile developer in the state of Florida and I'm currently freelancing through an LLC I setup a couple years ago. I went to a talk about business startups recently and the term PLLC, or professional limited liability company, was mentioned specifically in reference to computer professionals working by themselves through an LLC.

I don't know much about the PLLC and I'm wondering if this type of company is more suited to the work that I'm doing. What is the difference between an LLC and a PLLC and which is more suited for a developer working alone?

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Many states do not allow an LLC to be formed for professionals who require a license (e.g. lawyers, engineers, accountants). A PLLC is intended for licensed professionals who require the benefits of an LLC.

A professional limited liability company (“PLLC”) is a business entity designed for licensed professions, such as lawyers, doctors, architects, engineers, accountants, and chiropractors. While many businesses choose to form a limited liability company (“LLC”) because of the tax, limited liability, and other benefits, states generally don’t allow LLCs for businesses where a license is required. Licensed professionals who want the benefits of an LLC must form a PLLC instead.

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-professional-limited-liability-company.html

Although there is occasionally debate in the computer professional business (eg. the recent editorial in ACM Communications), I am not aware of any jurisdiction which requires software engineers to be licensed in a similar way as, say, a civil engineer. Perhaps your speaker thought it looked better (ie. more "professional"?).

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