Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Form your LLC with full service support from a Compliance Specialist. With our state-by-state expertise and network of offices nationwide, you can form your LLC quickly and gain long term assistance with staying compliant. Schedule an introductory call with your Specialist within one business day of signing up and establish your LLC with confidence!
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Form Your LLC With Harbor Compliance
Fully Managed Service
Work closely with your Compliance Specialist every step of the way. Your Specialist is available to answer your questions and provide responsive support as you need it.Skip the Paperwork
Your Specialist prepares and files each government application for you and keeps you informed throughout the entire process.Flexible Support
No matter what stage you’re in, we can help! We can form your corporation from the beginning, “rescue” a filing that has been rejected, or navigate any other unique circumstance you may be in.
1,000s of Businesses
Our Compliance Specialists are the best in the business. They have experience helping thousands of companies like yours form and stay compliant. Your Specialist will have the expertise to help you every step of the way.Supporting Attorneys and Accountants
Our team of lawyers, paralegals, and government licensing professionals support major legal and accounting firms nationwide.Practical Guidance
In addition to compliance expertise, our Specialists have a wealth of practical knowledge to provide further value as you launch your business.
Why Wait to Start?
When you get started with us, you’ll be introduced to your Specialist within one business day. While other companies take days or even weeks to staff your project, we take minutes.Correct Applications = Faster Results
Rejected filing are a major reason why new companies experience delays when starting out. We prepare your applications completely and correctly to avoid such processing delays.Expedite Options
We have offices nationwide for in person filing with the states to receive the fastest processing available. We make these full expedite options available to you.
Navigating government filings is complex. Harbor Compliance makes it easy.
Forming a fully compliant LLC is more than just filing with the state. Managing ongoing compliance is even more complex. Thankfully, we are here to turn this complex and time consuming process into a simple one! Our full service solutions eliminate the need for you to spend hours agonizing over forms and researching requirements. Our Compliance Specialists collect your information and customize each application so that they get approved. You simply review and sign the documents your Specialist prepares. We handle the rest!
Fully Managed Startup Services
We'll introduce you to your Compliance Specialist within one business day to collect the information needed to form your LLC. Your Specialist will prepare each of your filings to establish your LLC including your articles of organization, Federal EIN application, and operating agreement template. If you have already completed any of these steps, your Specialist will review your work in detail and make any necessary changes.
Our Compliance Package goes beyond the simple formation of the LLC and provides complete support through the first year of operation. You have the option to renew thereafter at a low annual fee. Your Specialist will provide seamless assistance with additional registrations required to establish your LLC in your state of formation. Your Specialist will manage your annual reports to the secretary of state, publishing as required, and other filings as necessary to keep your LLC in good standing. Our Compliance Package allows you to focus on growing your business!
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S-Corp or C-Corp Tax Election
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The Compliance Package includes our signature Company Kit to store your LLC records.
- Blue binder with your company name embossed in gold. The binder features labeled tab dividers for the different types of company records.
- A company seal customized with your LLC name, state, and date of formation. Blank pages are included for company minutes.
- 20 membership certificates, membership roll, and transfer ledger to document ownership of your LLC.
- Software to produce your company documents including meeting minutes, business resolutions, and other commonly used templates.
Harbor Compliance made it incredibly easy to register for my business taxes. I got my EIN and Pennsylvania tax ID same day! I would definitely recommend Harbor Compliance to any small business owner.Dave Atticus Pet Design Studio
Frequently Asked Questions
An LLC is a business structure formed under state law. It has features of both corporations and partnerships. Like a corporation, it can limit your personal liability as an owner. Like a partnership, you receive pass through taxation and have flexibility in how you will run your business. Read full article “What is an LLC?”
Liability refers to financial or legal debt. Limited liability means containing the amount of liability an owner has.
An owner who invests a certain amount in a limited liability business structure such as an LLC is only risking the amount of his or her investment. The owner is not personally responsible for debts and obligations of the business that exceed the assets of the business.
An LLC must be properly set up and run to establish and maintain the “corporate veil” that protects owners from liability.
LLCs are the most popular business entity because they are inexpensive to form and easy to run. Forming your LLC legally establishes your business, limits your personal liability, and gains tax flexibility.
The owners of an LLC are called members. Membership is often based on percentage. A single owner LLC contains one member who has 100% ownership. A three member LLC might contain one owner who has a 50% share and two owners who each own a 25% share. Ownership may or may not be documented in membership certificates.
Ownership in an LLC often entitles the owner to a share of the LLC profits or losses and to a right to vote in decisions of the LLC. This governance should be defined in the LLC’s Operating Agreement Template.
Adding and removing owners is accomplished by purchasing or selling percentage ownership from other members. The total percentage ownership should always add up to 100%.
LLCs may be managed by the members (the owners) or by managers. When the LLC is managed by the members, the members make all management decisions. When the LLC elects to be manager manged, the members are responsible for electing manager(s). This election often occurs as part of the annual meeting. A manager-managed LLC may elect a member to serve as a manager.
Choosing to form the LLC as manager-managed offers more flexibility. This way you can elect a member as the manager or elect a non-member manager.
By default, an LLC receives pass-through taxation. It may make a special election to be taxed as an S-Corp or C-Corp.
Most new LLCs keep pass through taxation. Depending on the number of owners, the IRS calls this tax treatment either a “disregarded entity” or a “partnership”. Either way, the business profit or loss passes through to the owners’ personal tax returns. As an owner of the LLC, you simply list your business profits and losses on your personal income tax return. Partnerships also file an information return to the IRS reporting how the profits or losses were divided amongst members. Best of all, many tax preparers do not charge extra for including your LLC in your personal tax return!
An LLC generally does not have specific annual meeting requirements or other “formalities”. LLCs are easier to run than corporations but nevertheless it is important to follow basic guidelines to keep the LLC separate from the owners.
After forming the LLC, you should have an organizational meeting of the owners and adopt an operating agreement template, which documents how the LLC will be run. You should keep company records, including meeting minutes and resolutions. An annual meeting is recommended to demonstrate that you are operating the LLC as a separate entity, not as an extension of yourself.
Some states require the LLC to file an annual report along with a filing fee or franchise tax. This is required for continued authority to conduct business in that state. Keeping up with state law requirements is important to preserve the good standing of the LLC, liability protections, and to avoid government penalties (up to and including administrative dissolution of the LLC). Our compliance coaching will help you learn how to do this.
For even more education about LLCs, check out our Information Center and Blog. When you start working with us your specialist works will answer your questions one-on-one.Choose a Business Structure LLC Startup Guide Limited Liability vs. Liability Insurance Suffix requirements such as "LLC" or "Ltd."