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Paying Members of Multi-Member LLC for Services Billed to Clients

Tech services and consulting firm with five members. We're setup as a multi-member LLC in Georgia.


The money we're paid by customers is largely for hourly services delivered by our members. Example, a member adds a feature to a website for the customer. The time to deliver that feature is billed at a predetermined rate.


How should we reimburse the member for their time billed? As:

  • An equity draw
  • A guaranteed payment
    • If the latter, how should this be recorded in Quickbooks?  
    • If the latter, how should it be recorded in Quickbooks? Set the members up as vendors and record an expense to the vendor account?

Thanks in advance.


Tori B
QuickBooks Team

Paying Members of Multi-Member LLC for Services Billed to Clients

Happy Friday, @tdhimes


Nice to have you in Community. 


For the best advice, I recommend reaching out to your accountant on how to record this in QuickBooks. However, you could check in on setting up and paying an owner's draw. 


An owner's draw account is an equity account used by QuickBooks to track withdraws of the company's assets to pay an owner. 


To do this: 


  1. First, you will need to create an Equity account. 
    • Click the Gear icon at the top, and then select Chart of Accounts
    • In your Chart of Accounts window, click New
    • Hit the Detail Type dropdown, choose Owner's Equity
    • Enter the opening balance, then Save and Close
  1. Now you're ready to write a check from an owner's account. 
    • Select the + New button.
    • Click Check.
    • Choose Print later if you want to print the check. 
    • Fill in the check fields. In the Account field, be sure to select the Owner's equity that you created. 
    • Hit Save and Close

For more details, check out: Set up and pay Owner's draw


Feel free to reach back out if you have further questions. I'm always happy to help out. Have a great weekend!




Level 15

Paying Members of Multi-Member LLC for Services Billed to Clients

for taxes you are a partnership, and as such should have registered with the state and the IRS to get the partnership FEIN, and have a written signed partnership agreement.  Guaranteed payments must be specified in the partnership agreement  and stated as so much per month to someone, if it is then you pay the amount regardless of how much they work and that is an expense for the partnership.


Partners take draws when they wish from their equity, they are not paid back as such.


The partnership makes money, when you fill out the form 1065 for the IRS, that form generates a K-1 per partner that shows his share of all income and expense per the written partnership agreement.  The net income is his share and his earnings for taxes.  then you move that amount out of retained earnings and into his equity account.


For a company taxed as a sole proprietor (schedule C) or partnership (form 1065), I recommend you have the following for owner/partner equity accounts  (one set for each partner if a partnership)

[name] Equity (do not post to this account it is a summing account)
>> Equity
>> Equity Drawing - you record value you take from the business here
>> Equity Investment - record value you put into the business here


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