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by Ohio Registered Agent Service

HOW TO FORM AN LLC IN OHIO

What is an Ohio LLC?
An Ohio limited liability company (LLC) is the newest legal business entity in the United States. Compared to its cousin, the corporation, the LLC is less structured, more flexible, and easier to maintain.
LLCs are business entities formed and governed by state statutes. Each state has different rules and requirements regarding the formation and maintenance of the LLC. In Ohio, an LLC is formed by filing the Articles of Organization with the Ohio Secretary of State. Unlike other states, Ohio does not require that you file an annual report for your business to maintain good standing.

After your LLC is officially formed, the next steps to growing your business include:

  • Drafting and Finalizing an Operating Agreement
  • Obtaining an EIN
  • Opening a Business Banking Account
  • Applying for Any Business Licenses or Permits

 


 

Ohio Registered Agent Service provides an all-inclusive LLC formation package.
Form your LLC today for $248.

Why choose Ohio Registered Agent Service to form your LLC?
Ohio Registered Agent Service can handle your LLC formation process from start to finish. We take care of completing the Articles of Incorporation, filing the document with the state, providing an operating agreement for your company, and keeping all your business documents in one place. All of this for $248? Sounds like a deal to us.

 


 

When you hire us to form your LLC, we provide:

  • Safe & Secure Client Account
  • 365 Days of Registered Agent Service
  • Official Documents Emailed Directly to You
  • Operating Agreement
  • Fair & Transparent Pricing

 

Service Fee
Ohio Filing Fee $99
Our Formation Service Fee $100
One Year Registered Agent Service $49
Total $194

 


 

OHIO LLC ADVANTAGES

 

No Annual Report

Unlike most other states, Ohio does not requires LLCs to file annual reports. This saves you time to focus on growing your business.

Privacy

When you hire Ohio Registered Agent Service to form your LLC, we provide 365 days of registered agent service. This means our address is filed on the Articles of Organization–not yours. All of your personal information stays private and secure.

Simple Formation

Forming an LLC in Ohio is a straightforward, two-step process: completing the Articles of Organization and filing them with the Ohio Secretary of State. Unlike a corporation, LLCs are not required to elect a board of directors or adopt bylaws.


 

HOW TO FORM AN LLC IN OHIO
A DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIDE

Forming an LLC in Ohio starts with completing the Articles of Organization and filing the document with the Ohio Secretary of State. After that, to maintain your LLC, you should draft and finalize an operating agreement, obtain an EIN, open a business banking account, and apply for any necessary permits.


 

Completing the Articles of Organization

There are three ways to complete and file the Articles of Organization: via mail, in-person, or online (recommended). Each method requires that you choose a name for your LLC, appoint a statutory agent, and submit the document signed by an authorized representative.

A PDF of the Articles of Organization is available from the Ohio Secretary of State Filing Forms & Fee Schedule website. When you form your LLC online, you will be prompted to enter the information into an online form.


 

Remember!
If you are filing via mail or in-person with a printed version of the document, the information must be typed on a singled-sided, 8.5 x 11 inch paper of the filing will be rejected.

 


 

    1. Choose a Name
      Your Ohio LLC name must be unique from any other legal business entity on file with the Ohio Secretary of State. It is a good idea to check and see if the name you want is available before you file. You can search all registered business entities by visiting the Ohio Secretary of State Business Filing Portal.Additionally, your LLC name must include one of the following terms:

      • Limited Liability Company
      • LLC
      • L.L.C.
      • Ltd.
      • Ltd
      • Limited

 

    1. Appoint a Statutory Agent
      A statutory agent (sometimes called a “registered agent” in other states) is a third party business or individual elected by the LLC to receive legal correspondence on its behalf. The statutory agent must have Ohio residency.

Can I be my own statutory agent?
Yes–but to do so, you must have a physical, street address in Ohio. There’s a downside though–if you list yourself on the Articles of incorporation, your personal information will be made public record when the Articles of Organization are filed. If you hire Ohio Registered Agent Service to serve as your statutory agent, we list our address so you don’t have to list yours.

Ohio Registered Agent Service provides 365 days of statutory agent service for only $49.

 

  1. Sign the Articles of Organization
    The Articles of Organization must be signed by either a member, manager, or other authorized representative of the LLC.

 


 

Filing the Articles of Organization

 

Mail

To file the Articles of Organization via mail, you must include a completed Filing Form Cover Letter and provide the necessary payment or payment information. The “Credit Card Authorization Form” is includes with the Articles of Organization PDF.

If you file via mail, your LLC will be formed in 3-7 business days. When you file via mail, you have the option to expedite your filing service. For an additional $100, your LLC will be formed in two business days after the Ohio Secretary of State Office receives it.

Filing Fee: $99
2-Day Expedited Service: $99 + $100
Acceptable Payment Methods:

  • Check (make payable to “Ohio Secretary of State”)
  • Card (provide information on credit card authorization form)

Mail to:
For Regular Filing
Ohio Secretary of State
PO Box 670
Columbus, OH 43216

For Expedited Filing
Ohio Secretary of State
PO Box 1390
Columbus, OH 43216

In-Person

To file the completed Articles of Organization in-person, you must hand-deliver, either yourself or by courier, the documents to the Walk-in Client Service Center. Regular filing time is 3-7 business days, unless you choose one of the expedited service options.

Filing Fee: $99
2-Day Expedited Service: $99 + $100
1-Day Expedited Service: $99 + $200
Same-Day Expedited Service: $99 + $300 (must be deliver by 1 PM)
Acceptable Payment Methods:

  • Check (make payable to “Ohio Secretary of State”)
  • Card (provide information on credit card authorization form)
  • Cash

Deliver to:
Ohio Secretary of State Office
Walk-in Client Service Center
180 E. Broad Street, Suite 103
Columbus, OH 43215
The office is located on the ground floor and you can only enter from Fourth Street.

Online

To file the Articles of Organization online, visit the Ohio Business Filings website and click the “Submit a Business Filing” button. New users are required to create a profile and then log into their account to complete the filing.

Filing Fee: $99
2-Day Expedited Service: $99 + $100
1-Day Expedited Service: $99 + $200
Same-Day Expedited Service: $99 + $300

Acceptable Payment Methods:

  • Card

Submit to:
Ohio Business Filings Website


 

Remember!
Do not include your social security number or employer identification number on your filing. If you include either one of these numbers, the Ohio Secretary of State will reject your filing.

 


 

How can I contact the Ohio Secretary of State?

If you would like more information on how to form an LLC in Ohio, you can contact the Ohio Secretary of State by phone, email via an online contact form, or visit their walk-in client service center:

180 E. Broad Street, Suite 103
Colombus, OH 43215
Phone:
(614) 466-3910
Toll-free: 1-877-SOS-FILE ext. 1


 

Maintaining Your LLC

Once the Articles of Organization are filed and your LLC is officially formed, there are still several steps to establish and maintain your Ohio LLC.

Drafting and Finalizing an Operating Agreement

Drafting and finalizing an operating agreement is one of the most important steps in establishing and maintaining your LLC. Technically, you are not required by Ohio law to have an operating agreement, but if you don’t, and your company is sued, the Ohio Court will rule according to the default LLC statutes. This may not be the best for your or your company.

It’s a good idea to be prepared for any circumstance. An operating agreement outlines the financial and managerial structure of the company as well as how to become a member and what should happen if a member dies or gets divorced.
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When you hire Ohio Registered Agent Service to form your LLC, we include an operating agreement with your formation package.

Obtaining an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a unique nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for federal taxation purposes. You are required to have an EIN to hire employees and open a business banking account. Obtaining an EIN is quick, easy, and free. You can visit the IRS website to complete the process. Speaking of the IRS…

How will my Ohio LLC be taxed?
Be default, the IRS considers LLCs “pass-through” entities. This means that any profits are passed through the company to the members where they will be taxed as personal income, thus bypassing the double taxation that a traditional corporation is subject to.

However, depending on your business goals, you may want to have your LLC taxed as a traditional corporation. To do so, you are required to file Form 8832 titled, “Entity Classification Election,” with the IRS. This form specifies how you prefer the IRS to tax you company.

Unlike many other states, Ohio does not have a corporate tax rate. That being said, all Ohio business entities, including LLCs, are subject to the Commercial Activity Tax, Businesses that make over $150,000 a year are required to register for this tax. If your LLC makes between $150,000 and $1 million, you will be required to pay a flat fee of $150. For more information on the commercial activity tax, you can visit the Ohio Department of Taxation website.

Opening a Business Banking Account

An important part of maintaining your LLC is keeping your personal and business assets separate. This requires having a business banking account for your LLC. It is likely that you will be required to provide the finalized operating agreement and a copy of the Articles of Organization to the bank to open the account. Requirements vary between banks, so it is a good idea to call ahead and double check.

Apply for Any Business Licenses or Permits

Many industries require licenses and permits to operate in Ohio. You should check to make sure that your business is in compliance before commencing operations by visiting the Ohio.gov Licenses & Permits website.


 

Let’s do business.

Hire Ohio Registered Agent Service to form your LLC today for only $248. Our LLC formation process ensures your LLC is formed effectively and efficiently, from start to finish.


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