Forming an LLC in Indiana will help protect your personal assets from lawsuits and judgments against your business. An LLC is a legal structure that separates your business and personal assets. By not having your business in a separate legal structure, you can be held personally liable for certain debts and lawsuits incurred by the company. Forming a Indiana Limited Liability Company does not require an attorney and you can save a lot of money if you do it yourself with the five simple steps below.
Before getting into the five steps here are a few things to know about Indiana LLCs.
How Much Does It Cost to Get an LLC In Indiana?
The filing fee for an Indiana Limited Liability Company is $85 – $90, payable to the Indiana Secretary of State.
Expect 5-7 days for the mail in form and 1 day for online filing. Online filing is best as it also less expensive at $95.
Indiana Business Entity Report and Fees
Indiana requires all LLCs to file a Business Entity Report every two years. $50 will be due for mail in forms and $31 for online filings.
- Minimum Number – one or more
- Members/Managers- at least one is required to be listed in the Articles of Organization
- Residence Requirements – none specified
- Age Requirements – none specified
In addition to forming your Indiana LLC, you will need to check for licenses and permits. StartingYourBusiness.com has a list of local, state and federal permits for businesses in addition to free business counseling.
Steps to Forming an Indiana LLC
Step 1. Name Requirements
Your corporate name must end with the words Limited Liability Company or an abbreviation of these words (“LLC,” “L.L.C.,” “Limited,” “LTD.,” “LTD”.). Check out our article on naming your LLC for all of the requirements that you must follow when naming an LLC.
Now that you have the perfect name, you want to be sure nobody else is using it as each state requires a unique name per LLC or Corporation. To check if your name is being used, visit our list of Secretary of State offices to do a free Indiana LLC name search.
Step 2. Choose a Registered Agent
The registered agent must have a physical presence in Indiana but may be an individual resident, domestic or foreign corporation authorized to transact business in Indiana. The registered agent must also have a physical address and be available during normal business hours to accept delivery of documents. A Post Office Box or personal mailbox is not acceptable. If the registered office includes a suite number, it must be included in the registered office address.
Provided you as the business owner have a physical presence in Indiana, you can be the registered agent however, there are additional privacy benefits to having a third-party registered agent.
Check out our article on why an LLC Registered Agent may be a good choice for your business for more details.
Step 3. File the Articles of Organization
This is the most important step and many people believe that you need an attorney to file. While we don’t discourage having an attorney, filing a Indiana LLC can be done by most people, but you can save considerable money over an attorney and make sure everything is filed correctly by using a formation service such as The Company Corporation.
Step 4. Create an Operating Agreement
An operating agreement is not required in Indiana but is typically a good idea, especially for an LLC owned by multiple people. The primary function of the operating agreement is to govern the relationship between the owners of the business, but also outlines who makes what decisions, how profits or losses are distributed and the operating procedures of the LLC.
Step 5. Get an EIN
What is an EIN? The Employer Identification Number (EIN), or Federal Tax Identification Number (FEIN), is used to identify a business entity. It is essentially a social security number for the company.
In addition to the EIN being an identifying number for the LLC it serves a few other purposes such as:
- Opening a business bank account
- Federal and State tax purposes
- Conduit to pass payroll taxes for employees paid by the company
This link will take you to the IRS website to get an EIN for your LLC. Less than five minutes and you will have your number free of charge. Wait until your LLC is approved and filed before applying for your EIN.
In addition to forming your Indiana LLC, you will need to check for licenses and permits. The SBA has a guide of both state and federal licenses and permits
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