Limited Liability Company-Form an LLC Online
It's never been easier to form an LLC online than it is today, thanks to our simplified process and staff of experienced professionals. The Limited Liability Company is our specialty!
Our customers tell us that they form an LLC to get the advantages of a corporation without the same level of corporate maintenance and have told us over and over again that our online LLC filing process is the easiest to use on the web.
Why have limited liability companies become so popular? In large part, its because an LLC still offers personal liability protection, but can pass income straight through to members and it can choose between taxation options like being taxed as a corporation or Limited Liability Company. It also does not typically need to keep detailed corporate minutes or hold formal meetings.
This type of flexibility and the ease of use provided by our online LLC filing process is making us the most popular choice on the web when it comes time for people to form a Limited Liability Company.
We are experts at Limited Liability Company filings and we make it our mission to handle all of the difficult steps the Secretary of State requires for a business filing so you don't have to.
First select the LLC package that fits your needs. Then, answer a few questions about you and your company on our secure and confidential business filing questionnaire. This usually takes ten minutes. One of our staff experts will review the information and prepare the Articles of Organization for the Secretary of State. We will keep you informed, step by step, throughout the process so you will never have to wonder about the status of your online LLC filing.
When the LLC filing is completed, we will forward the documents back to you so you can have assurance that your new LLC was filed to your satisfaction.
Starting a LLC is that easy! What could be better?
Still have questions about how to form an LLC or another business filing? Give us a call and a specialist in online LLC filings will be glad to help you!
An LLC formation expert created our simple process. It was designed to be so easy that anyone could do it.
Here’s how it works:
- First, you complete the online LLC filing questionnaire:
We ask simple questions about you and your LLC. Every question is on one page and only takes 10 minutes. The simplicity of the form will keep you from guessing whether you’ve done everything that’s needed related to starting your LLC.
- We file the Articles of Organization with the state:
Once we have Step 1 completed, we create the Articles of Organization as required by state statutes. We give them a quality check to make certain your answers are accurately reflected and the actual LLC filing with the state takes place.
- Final steps:
Once we receive the documents back from the Secretary of State, we will forward them to you along with any other related papers or directions.
Truly as easy as 1, 2, 3! All of the confusing processes that happen in-between these three steps are handled by us. That’s the real magic of what we do!
Q: What is a Limited Liability Company (LLC)?
A: A Limited Liability Company, commonly referred to as an LLC, is a legal entity used for business that is separate and distinct from its owners and managers. It has characteristics of both Corporations and Sole Proprietorships. Like a corporation, the owners of an LLC are not personally liable for business debts. Like a sole proprietorship, an LLC has operating flexibility and is a pass-through entity for tax purposes. This means the LLC’s profits are passed through and taxable to the owners of the LLC.
Q: What is the main difference between an LLC and an S-Corporation?
A: A limited liability company has quite a bit more flexibility and fewer restrictions than an S corporation. An S corporation, for example, cannot have more than 100 stockholders, cannot issue more than one class of shares, and is subject to more formalities than an LLC. However, owners of an LLC are required to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on profits. Corporate stockholders are not required to pay these taxes on profits over and above the stockholders’ salaries.
Q: What do I get back once I have formed my Limited Liability Company?
A: Once we have finalized your filing, you will receive two very important documents from us, your Articles of Organization and your Operating Agreement. These documents are what the whole process has been about. Depending on your individual filing, there may be other documents returned to you, such as an EIN or DBA related items.
Articles of Organization: This document verifies that you have a legitimate business. These articles have been approved by the Secretary of State and should be kept in a safe place! They include basic information, which you may sometimes need to refer to such as the business name, business purpose, and any stock, which may be issued.
Operating Agreement: Just as the Articles of Organization give you a basic outline of your company, the Operating Agreement contains all the rules for the conduct of the LLC. This will include information on meetings, notices, officers and their duties, and are a formal contract. NOTE: The Operating Agreement must be completed and signed upon receipt!
Q: How long does starting a LLC take?
A: The full answer to this question is very dependent on the state in which you are forming your company. You will be done with your part in ten minutes. With EZonlinefilings.com, we begin to process your formation paperwork the same day you speak with us and we can even rush your order, which can speed the process up. We are often able to have a completed formation back to you in just a few days, but if your Secretary of State is behind, it can take much longer. Let us know about any time constraints you have and we can help you find an answer.
Q: What does it mean when someone talks about “piercing the corporate veil”?
A: This is the legal term used to describe an action to have the lilmited liability company set aside for purposes of the litigation, so that personal assets can be reached during the lawsuit. One of the biggest advantages to filing an LLC is that the owners of the LLC enjoy broad protection from being held personally responsible for the debts and liabilities of the company. That is, creditors can reach the company's assets, but once those assets are exhausted they cannot ordinarily also reach the personal assets of the ownersof the LLC. Those to whom a LLC is liable may try to “pierce the corporate veil”. For this reason, it is vital that the owners and members make every attempt to follow all formalities required by the state and never use a company for personal use.
Q: What does it mean for a LLC to fall into “bad standing”?
A: This phrase describes a business entity that has not properly maintained its obligations with one or more states where it conducts business. Limited liability companies that are in bad standing long enough risk administrative dissolution or revocation by the state. This should be avoided because when a state administratively dissolves a LLC or its LLC status is revoked, the benefits associated with the company are lost.
Q: What is “pass-through” taxation and does it apply to a LLC?
A: This means that the LLC, itself, is not directly taxed, and the tax burden is instead passed on to the owners. Thus, the LLC passes its profits and/or losses to the owners as income, wages and profit payments, and each owner or member pays the taxes on their individual share of those profits. This is the default the IRS will use if you are a sole member LLC.
Q. What is a LLC conversion?
A. A LLC conversion is a filing that is made with the state where your company is formed allowing an entity to change from its originally filed type to a different entity type. For example, if a business was originally formed as a limited liability company (LLC) and the owner wishes to change to a corporation, they may want to file a conversion instead of forming a completely new entity.
Q. Can I convert my sole proprietorship or partnership to a limited liability company (LLC)?
A. Yes you can, although its not considered a true conversion. In this case, you need to form an LLC and transfer the assets of your old company into the newly-formed limited liability company.
Q. Does converting a company to a LLC have tax implications?
A.Yes, a change in entity status to a LLC may have tax costs. For example, if you liquidate a corporation in order to form a limited liability company (LLC), there may be tax to both the corporation and its shareholders. If, however, the corporation has losses, there may be no tax upon liquidation. It is always best to consult an accountant or tax advisor for professional advice on your particular situation. This is especially true in more complex situations.
Q. Where can I find out more information about forming an LLC in my specific state?
For specific state information on forming an LLC select your state from the list below: