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This guide on starting your business in Oregon provides step-by-step instructions on the paperwork to file formation documents, obtain tax IDs, and set up company records.

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Step-By-Step Startup

Below is an overview of the paperwork, cost, and time to form each of the most popular business structures. Simply click on the link for your desired structure to view detailed step-by-step instructions.

  • If you have not decided whether you want to form an LLC, corporation, or other business structure, click here.
  • If wish to form your business in a different state than Oregon, click here.
Structure Paperwork Cost Time

Oregon Limited Liability Company

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  • Formation: $100
  • Formation: ~1 business day online or in-person/courier. ~1-2 business days by fax. ~7-10 business days by mail.

Oregon Corporation

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  • Incorporation: $100
  • Incorporation: ~1 business day online or in-person/courier. ~1-2 business days by fax. ~7-10 business days by mail.

Oregon Nonprofit

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  • Form 30: Articles of Incorporation - Nonprofit
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • IRS Form 1023: 501(c) Tax Exempt Application
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • URS Charitable Registration, if applicable
  • Form RF-C: Registration for Charitable Organizations
  • FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Report
  • Incorporation: $50
  • 501(c): $275 or $600 IRS fee
  • Incorporation: ~7-10 business days by mail. ~1-2 business days by fax. Instantly online.
  • 501(c): 2 weeks to 3 months

Top 5 Tips on Registering a Business in Oregon

  1. When filing with he Oregon Secretary of State, typed documents receive priority over handwritten documents.
  2. Oregon is affordable. The formation fee for an LLC or corporation is only $100 paid to the Oregon Secretary of State.
  3. Your LLC or corporate business name must include a corporate suffix.
  4. Oregon does not have a general application to register your business for all state taxes. Apply for the individual tax accounts / licenses / permits required with the Oregon Department of Revenue.
  5. Corporations and LLCs must file annual business renewal with the Oregon Secretary of State. The fee is $100.