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    报销英文Forming an LLC in Louisiana报销英文 is easy. First, you will need to file the 报销英文Articles of Organization报销英文 with the 报销英文Louisiana Secretary of State报销英文, which costs $100. You can apply online or by mail. The Articles of Organization is the legal document that officially creates your Louisiana Limited Liability Company.

    Follow the step-by-step guide below to start your Louisiana LLC today and get your business up and running.

    Steps to start an L L C in Louisiana

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    After registering a domain name, consider setting up a professional email account (@yourcompany.com). Google's G Suite offers a business email service that comes with other useful tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, and more. Try it for free

    Not sure what to name your business? Check out our LLC Name Generator. Then, create a logo with our Free Logo Generator.

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    报销英文What is an LLC?报销英文

    LLC is short for Limited Liability Company. It is a simple business structure that offers more flexibility than a traditional corporation while providing many of the same benefits. For more information, read our What is an LLC guide.

    Watch our video: What is an LLC?

    报销英文Do I need to get a DBA or Trade Name for my business?报销英文

    Most LLCs do not need a DBA. The name of the LLC can serve as your company’s brand name and you can accept checks and other payments under that name as well. However, you may wish to register a DBA if you would like to conduct business under another name.

    To learn more about DBAs in your state, read our 报销英文How to File a DBA guide.

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    报销英文Can I be my own Registered Agent?报销英文

    Yes. You or anyone else in your company can serve as the registered agent for your LLC.

    Read more about being your own registered agent.

    报销英文Is a Registered Agent service worth it?报销英文

    Using a professional registered agent service is an affordable way to manage government filings for your LLC. For most businesses, the advantages of using a professional service significantly outweigh the annual costs.

    For more information, read our article on Louisiana registered agents.

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    报销英文How long does it take to get an LLC in Louisiana?报销英文

    Filing the Articles of Organization typically takes 2 to 3 business days, but can be expedited for an additional fee.

    报销英文What is the difference between a domestic Louisiana LLC and foreign LLC?报销英文

    An LLC is referred to as a "domestic LLC" when it conducts business in the state where it was formed. Normally when we refer to an LLC we are actually referring to a domestic LLC. A foreign LLC must be formed when an existing LLC wishes to expand its business to another state.

    Read our What Is a Foreign LLC article to learn more.

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    报销英文Do I need to file my operating agreement with the state?报销英文

    No. The operating agreement is an internal document that you should keep on file for future reference. However, many states do legally require LLCs to have an operating agreement in place.

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    报销英文How do I get an EIN if I don’t have a Social Security number?报销英文

    An SSN is 报销英文not报销英文 required to get an EIN. You can simply fill out IRS Form SS-4 and leave section 7b blank. Then call the IRS at (267) 941-1099 to complete your application. Learn more about applying as an international applicant.

    报销英文What tax structure should I choose for my Louisiana LLC?报销英文

    When you get an EIN, you will be informed of the different tax classification options that are available. Most LLCs elect the default tax status.

    However, some LLCs can reduce their federal tax obligation by choosing the S corporation (S corp) status. To learn more, read our LLC vs S Corp guide.

    报销英文Do I need an EIN for my LLC?报销英文

    All LLCs with employees, or any LLC with more than one member, must have an EIN. This is 报销英文required报销英文 by the IRS.

    Learn why we recommend 报销英文always报销英文 getting an EIN and how to get one for free in our Do I Need an EIN for an LLC guide.

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    We reviewed and ranked the top 5 LLC formation services.
    Find out which is best for you.

    Best LLC Services

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    Using dedicated business banking and credit accounts is essential for 报销英文personal asset protection报销英文.

    When your personal and business accounts are mixed, your personal assets (your home, car, and other valuables) are at risk in the event your LLC is sued. In business law, this is referred to as piercing your corporate veil.

    Additionally, learning how to build business credit can help you get credit cards and other financing in your business's name (instead of yours), better interest rates, higher lines of credit, and more.

    You can protect your business with these two steps:

    报销英文1. Opening a business bank account:报销英文

    • Separates your personal assets from your company's assets, which is necessary for personal asset protection.
    • Makes accounting and tax filing easier.
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    报销英文Recommended:报销英文 BlueVine is an 报销英文online bank报销英文 with free business checking and no hidden fees. Great for businesses who do not often deal with cash.

    报销英文2. Getting a business credit card:报销英文

    • Helps you separate personal and business expenses.
    • Builds your company's credit history, which can be useful to raise capital later on.

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    Improperly signing a document as yourself and not as a representative of the business can leave you open to personal liability. When signing legal documents on behalf of your company, you could follow this formula to avoid problems:

    1. Formal name of your business
    2. Your signature
    3. Your name
    4. Your position in the business as its authorized representative

    See the image below for an example.

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    This ensures that you are signing on behalf of your LLC and not as yourself.

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    Depending on the nature of your business, you may be required to register for one or more forms of state tax.

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    If you are selling a physical product, you’ll typically need to register for a seller's permit through the Louisiana Department of Revenue website.

    This certificate allows a business to collect sales tax on taxable sales.

    Sales tax, also called "Sales and Use Tax," is a tax levied by states, counties, and municipalities on business transactions involving the exchange of certain taxable goods or services.

    Read our sales tax guide to find out more.

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    If you have employees in Louisiana, you will have to register for Unemployment Insurance Tax through the Louisiana Workforce Commission on behalf of your employees. Employers will also need to sign up for Employee Withholding Tax through the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

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    Louisiana requires LLCs to file an annual report with the Louisiana Secretary of State. This can be done online.

    File Your Annual Report

    报销英文File Online with the State of Lousiana报销英文

    File Online

    报销英文Fee:报销英文 $30 Payable to the Secretary of State (Nonrefundable)

    报销英文Due Date:报销英文 Due every year on or before the date in which the LLC was formed.

    报销英文Late Filings:报销英文 Louisiana does not charge late fees if you miss your filing deadline, but may报销英文 dissolve or revoke your LLC after 3 years 报销英文of failing to file an annual report.

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    LLCs may face fines and even automatic dissolution when they miss one or more state filings. When this happens, LLC owners risk loss of limited liability protection. A quality registered agent service can help prevent this outcome by notifying you of upcoming filing deadlines and by submitting reports on your behalf.

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    报销英文Recommended:报销英文 ZenBusiness offers a reliable registered agent service and excellent customer support.

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    After starting a business, two of the most important things you can do are get professional accounting and hire the right employees. Streamlining these processes can save you time and money as your business grows.

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    报销英文What is the minimum wage in Louisiana?报销英文

    The minimum wage in Louisiana is $7.25 per hour.

    报销英文How often do I need to pay employees?报销英文

    Louisiana requires wages to be paid at least twice per month.

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    In the day-to-day of running a business, it's hard to be readily available for new clients or customers who want to contact you. For service-based businesses that don’t already have a brick-and-mortar location, a 报销英文virtual office报销英文 can solve this problem. You can get a dedicated 报销英文business mailing address报销英文 and a 报销英文business phone number报销英文 with call-forwarding so that you never need to worry about losing a potential customer.

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    TRUiC has created video guides to support and reinforce our on-page guides. These videos help to visualize the ideas and lessons that you need to know to create and run a successful business.

    How to Form a Louisiana LLC Video Playlist 
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    Check out our growing library of small business videos on the TRUiC YouTube channel.

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    Forming a foreign LLC allows your company to operate as one entity in multiple states. If you have an existing LLC and want to do business in Louisiana, you will need to register as a foreign LLC. This can be done by mail or in-person.

    Register as a Foreign LLC in Louisiana

    报销英文File by Mail or In-Person with the Louisiana Secretary of State报销英文

    Download Form

    报销英文Fee:报销英文 $150, payable to the Secretary of State (Nonrefundable)

    报销英文Mail to:
    报销英文State of Louisiana Secretary of State
    P.O. Box 94125
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804

    报销英文Submit In-Person:
    报销英文State of Louisiana Secretary of State
    8585 Archives Ave
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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    If at any point in the future you no longer wish to conduct business with your LLC, it is important to officially dissolve it. Failure to do so in a timely fashion can result in tax liabilities and penalties, or even legal trouble. To dissolve your LLC, there are two broad steps:

    • Close your business tax accounts
    • File the Articles of Dissolution

    When you are ready to dissolve your LLC, follow the steps in our Louisiana LLC Dissolution Guide.

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    LLC: An LLC is a US business structure that offers the personal liability protection of a corporation with the pass-through taxation of a sole proprietorship or partnership.

    DBA: A DBA, or doing business as name, is any name a business operates under that isn't its legal name.

    Partnership: A partnership is an informal business structure owned by more than one individual that doesn't provide personal liability protection.

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