Filing a California LLC
Potential business owners in the state of California will discover that there are a few different structures they can consider when forming their business. However, they will most likely want to look into creating a California LLC. California LLCs are beneficial because they are easy to develop and protect owners from liabilities.
Steps To Filing a California LLC
Choose A Name
Choosing a name can be an exciting time for California business owners. However, they must put significant consideration into the name they want. The state mandates that the name reflect the corporate structure. The state of California requires businesses to include an indicator like “Limited Liability Company” or “LLC” in their name. Potential business owners must also be careful not to choose a name that is already in use. They can prevent this from happening by using the DoMyLLC Name Availability Check Page.
Choose An Agent For Service Of Process
In addition to choosing a name, business owners must also select an agent for service of process. An agent for service of process accepts legal documents on the company’s behalf. Their role is integral to a company’s success, which is why many business owners elect to hire a professional third-party company, such as DoMyLLC, to serve as their agent. Consider all of your options and learn about DoMyLLC’s agent for service of process services.
File Articles Of Organization & Pay Filing Fees
Once a business owner has confirmed the proper information, they can begin filing the Articles of Organization. Additionally, business owners must also pay a $70 filing fee. Information that owners must include when filing the Articles of Organization include:
- The name and address of the company
- The name and address of the agent for service of process
- The management structure of the company
- A purpose statement
- The names and signatures of organizers and those responsible for submitting the document
File Statements Of Information And Annual Reports
California businesses must also file a Statement of Information within 90 days of registering their new company. Business owners can find more information about California Statements of Information Reports here. There is a cost of $25 to do so.
Create An Operating Agreement And Hold Meetings
Those who have just created a California LLC will also want to create an operating agreement. This form further defines who the business’ members are and how the organization will operate.
Obtain Employer Identification Number
Each business must also obtain an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service. Companies are provided with one number, which they will use to file taxes and open a business banking account.
File State Required Annual Reports
Businesses are also required to file a Biennial report by the last day of the anniversary month of the company’s founding. Businesses must also include a $25 filing fee. Failure to do so could result in severe penalties. We advise business owners to check the California Annual Report page for more information.
In addition to annual reports, businesses must also provide regular paperwork to ensure they remain operational. Companies must ensure they file state and federal taxes. They also must regularly obtain and renew licenses and permits.
How DoMyLLC Can Assist With Streamlining The Process
DoMyLLC provides comprehensive administrative solutions for new business owners. We can not only help you form your new company, but we can also help ensure that you file the paperwork necessary to remain operational. Our services include:
- Name availability check
- Articles of Incorporation preparation
- Filing of the Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State’s office
- Sample documents, including a sample Operating Agreement, meeting notices, and meeting minutes
- Dedicated account manager
- Unlimited customer support
No matter where you stand in the process of creating a company, we are here for you. Be sure to contact us today to learn more about forming a California LLC.