If you're limited liability company, you have to advertise to the public that you are an LLC. You cannot leave it off of anything. However, if you're doing business as something different than your LLC name, you wouldn't have to use LLC after the name. It is only for the legal name of the company. Craig W. Smalley, E.A. -Admitted To Practice Before The Internal Revenue Service
Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are subject to the laws of the state in which the LLC is registered, so you'll want to check the requirements for your state. Also, be sure to seek qualified legal counsel for any advice specific to your situation. Having said that, generally speaking you'll need to include "LLC" on formal business materials, contracts, and the like. It communicates to customers what kind of business you have and that, if they want to try to sue you, you've insulated your personal assets from business exposure. Sometimes you'll notice that a firm has dropped the "LLC" from their logo because it detracts from their branding. (Similarly, you'll rarely see LLC in a business' Internet domain name.) If you plan to take this route, be sure to check with your state to see if you'll additionally need to register the no-LLC name as a DBA ("doing business as") name. Hope that helps. Good luck!
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