David Saks: December 2011

David Saks - Real Estate Broker - The Real Estate Mart of Tennessee, Inc. - 4040 North Watkins-Suite #4 - Memphis, Tennessee 38127 - Phone (901) 357-4663

Paying Commissions to Your LLC Versus Paying Commissions to You - A Tough Question

A question was asked about whether or not, as a licensed REALTOR, you could incorporate yourself and have the company where you hold your license pay your corporation any commissions you earn.

Is there an issue with the company paying commission to your corporation versus paying commission directly to you?

The answer, as given by the Tennessee Association of Realtors Legal and Ethics attorneys, is that an agent can only be paid by their broker.


An individual licensee that has "incorporated" or "LLC'ed" himself CANNOT be paid a commission through the company.

The individual holds the license, not the company.

The only time that a company can hold a license is if it is a firm license.

A company cannot be issued an individual license.

Furthermore, pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. 62-13-302(a):

"It is unlawful for any licensed broker to employ or compensate any person who is not a licensed broker or a licensed affiliate broker for any of the acts regulated by this chapter. A licensed nonresident broker may pay a commission to a licensed broker or another state if such nonresident broker does not conduct in this state any of the negotiations for which a commission is paid."

In addition, Tenn. Code Ann. 62-13-312(b)(11) states that an agent can be disciplined for "Accepting a commission or any valuable consideration by an affiliate broker for the performance of any acts specified in this chapter, from any person, except the licensed real estate broker with whom the licensee is affiliated".

An agent can only be paid in the name on their license - whether it is a firm license or their individual license.

How does it work in your state ?

David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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