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Why Start an LLC as a Locum Tenens Physician

As a locum tenens physician, you relish the autonomy to select when, where, and for whom you practice. The possibilities lie in your hands. However, the advantages of traveling as a provider extend beyond flexibility. By choosing a corporate structure such as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), Locum Tenens can unlock a multitude of tax benefits compared to filing income under an individual’s social security number.

Insights into a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC):

For, an LLC proves to be a strategic entity for various reasons. Notably, having an LLC can streamline business liability with significantly less complexity compared to full incorporation. It’s important to understand that, like incorporation, an LLC doesn’t provide protection against malpractice, as malpractice remains a personal responsibility. Nevertheless, an LLC can elect to be taxed as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. Opting for an LLC and subsequently selecting S Corporation tax status might offer a smoother process than direct incorporation if an S Corp aligns with your financial strategy.

Amplified Tax Benefits for Independent Contractors:

Locum tenens already enjoy the flexibility to deduct numerous business expenses, including health insurance, travel, lodging, meals, automobile expenses, education, licenses, and examinations. Initiating an LLC as a provider has the potential to enhance these tax-related benefits. Most LLCs provide pass-through taxation, eliminating the need for a separate corporate tax return and avoiding double taxation. To maximize eligible tax benefits, physicians should diligently track business expenses related to assignments, such as gas, food, and business-related entertainment. Consulting with a certified tax professional before each tax season ensures proper categorization of these expenses.

Asset Safeguarding Through an LLC:

An LLC offers a layer of protection for locum physicians against personal liability in cases of lawsuits or debt. However, it’s crucial to understand that limited liability doesn’t extend to medical malpractice or other wrongful acts. Initiating an LLC can be a pivotal step for locum tenens to safeguard themselves, their colleagues, and their assets. It is advisable to consult with a trusted tax advisor for a comprehensive overview.

Streamlined Processes, Reduced Startup Costs:

One of the significant advantages of an LLC is the minimal paperwork and lower startup costs for CrossMed locum tenens physicians. With an LLC, the administrative burden is significantly reduced, allowing you to focus more on delivering exceptional patient care and exploring the locations chosen for your assignments.

Start your Adventure! 

Navigating locum tenens physician taxes requires diligence and strategic planning. While the process may seem daunting initially, leveraging the expertise of tax professionals and adopting proactive financial practices can alleviate stress and optimize tax efficiency. With careful consideration and informed decision-making, CrossMed locum tenens physicians can confidently embrace the opportunities of their dynamic career path while navigating the intricacies of tax obligations.

Why Travel with Us

At CrossMed Healthcare, we are committed to facilitating the placement of highly skilled clinical practitioners in both short and long-term positions. As a nationwide medical staffing and consulting firm, we offer a range of services to help CrossMed candidates quickly find the ideal career opportunity. For information on advancing your clinical career, contact us today. 

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