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How to File your LLC in your State

Updated: Dec 20, 2023


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Real quick: if you want a link for how to file in YOUR STATE scroll down and click on your state

 


Understanding LLCs:
An LLC, or limited liability company, serves as a legal entity for U.S. businesses, providing protection for personal assets in legal or bankruptcy scenarios. Offering flexible taxation options, an LLC's operational structure varies, allowing businesses to choose taxation methods like a sole proprietorship or corporation. To determine the optimal choice for your LLC, consulting a tax advisor is advisable. For an in-depth guide on LLCs, explore our comprehensive resource.

Steps to Establish an LLC:
Follow this seven-step guide to initiate your LLC formation today, noting variations in laws and processes across states. Refer to our state-specific LLC formation guides for detailed information.

1. Choose a Business Name: While considering marketing aspects, ensure your business name complies with state laws, avoiding duplication and adhering to specific naming requirements.

2. Select a Registered Agent: Every LLC needs a registered agent to receive official documents on its behalf. Choose an individual, even yourself, or opt for a registered agent service, considering their availability and associated fees.

3. Obtain Your State’s LLC Articles of Organization Form: File the necessary document, often termed articles of organization, with your state's business filings agency. Locate your state's form on the same website used for business name research.

4. Prepare the LLC Articles of Organization Form: Provide essential details like your business name, principal address, purpose, management approach, and contact information for the registered agent. Sign the form once completed.

5. File the Articles of Organization: Review the document thoroughly, pay the filing fee, and submit it to the state. Upon approval, receive a formal registration certificate for tasks such as establishing a business bank account and obtaining a tax ID number.

6. Draft an Operating Agreement: While not mandatory in all states, an operating agreement detailing financial, legal, and management rights is crucial, especially for multi-member LLCs. Use available templates or consult an attorney for comprehensive agreements.

7. Maintain LLC Active Status: Beyond formation, ensure your LLC stays in good standing by following your state's guidelines. This may involve filing annual reports and paying fees to keep your business information updated. For specific instructions, refer to your state's business filing website.

 

HOW TO FILE YOUR LLC IN YOUR STATE


If you click on your state below you'll be taken to your state's website where you can file your LLC.

YOU DO NOT NEED A LAWYER TO FILE YOUR OWN LLC.

Filing fee's range from $50-$250 to file. CA has the largest annual tax fee of $800 but that is not an upfront cost.

2. Alaska
10. Georgia
11. Hawaii
12. Idaho
14. Indiana
15. Iowa
16. Kansas
19. Maine
26. Montana
28. Nevada
35. Ohio
37. Oregon
43. Texas
44. Utah
50. Wyoming
by Brianna Dick
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