Legal Forms You Need for Running an LLC

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a popular business structure, whether we’re talking about a small business or larger. This type of business entity is different from incorporation, is easy to set up, and allows for pass-through tax status. Forming an LLC also prevents business owners from personal liability if the company comes under legal scrutiny, which protects personal assets from any business debts you might incur.

To enjoy the benefits of an LLC, it's essential to set up this business structure correctly. There’s more to it than just a filing fee and having your LLC name ready. The best way to start this process is by completing and submitting the correct documents. The following legal forms will help everyone from a single-member LLC to multi-member LLCs run smoothly and successfully, from business formation to day-to-day business activities.

Articles of Organization

An integral part of the LLC formation process, by law every state requires entrepreneurs interested in becoming LLC owners to file Articles of Organization. This legal document, sometimes known as a Certificate of Organization or a Certificate of Formation, outlines the basic information for your company. You can get it from your Secretary of State, which is also where you file formation documents such as this one once complete. The form asks for your full business name, purpose of your business, address, ownership details, management structure, registered agent, and how long your LLC plans to operate.

Operating Agreement

An operating agreement protects your company's LLC status. This agreement acts as a contract between members and outlines each person's rights, roles, and responsibilities. This will likely be where you set down whether your LLC will be manager-managed or member-managed. Once members sign this document, they are bound to uphold the agreement between one another. Depending on your state, this form is also known as an Operating Agreement, LLC Agreement, and LLC Partnership agreement.

Operating Agreement Amendment

Change is expected in business. At some point, if the LLC Operating Agreement no longer reflects the best interests of members, you must dissolve or amend it. Generally, it's much less labor intensive to simply amend the original agreement, especially if you intend to keep most of the original provisions.

An Operating Agreement Amendment will indicate which sections of the original document have been revised. Not every operating agreement can be amended. The original operating agreement will say if amending is possible.

LLC Membership Admission Agreement

If you want to add someone new to your LLC membership, you'll need to put that in writing. An LLC Membership Admission Agreement enables you to add a new member to your existing company legally.

EIN (Employer Identification Number)

Even if your business is a single-member LLC with you as the only employee, you need to file for an EIN (employer identification number) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You’re likely to see it referred to as a tax ID. You will use this number instead of your social security number for filing all tax-related documents with the government. This number is integral for federal tax purposes.

You'll also need it to open a bank account and hire employees. You can get an EIN by filling out and filing IRS Form SS-4.

Annual Reports

To keep track of businesses operating within their borders, state law requires up-to-date, detailed records from companies, including periodic reports for taxes and annual revenue. This is true for every state. These reports have various names, such as franchise tax reports, sales and use tax, annual certifications, and statements of information. They are usually due annually or biennially and can be critical for determining employment taxes, income tax, or even determining the tax return you might be due.

Some states, such as California, Washington, Nevada, and Alaska, require LLCs to file a report upon formation. Check with your Secretary of State to learn where and when you should file your annual reports.

LLC Resolution

When an LLC is formally established after filing Articles of Organization, members of the business are free to file resolutions. Once the resolutions are decided by all involved, members are bound to follow them. LLC Resolutions are generally passed if a majority of LLC members vote in favor.

Common reasons for resolutions include applying for a loan, buying real estate, approving profit distributions, and voting in new LLC members.

LLC Banking Resolution

To open a business banking account, you need an LLC Banking Resolution. This formal document enables your company to establish a banking relationship. On this form, you will list the representatives in your company who are authorized to manage the company's bank account and the privileges attached to doing so. Only those on the resolution can perform banking tasks for the company.

LLC Consent in Lieu of a Meeting

While meetings are common when you run a business, it's not always necessary to hold a meeting to come to a resolution. If a decision can be made without a meeting among the company members, an LLC Consent in Lieu of a Meeting can serve as an agreement among members regarding a specific decision. Using this form can expedite decisions that require quick action.

Profit and Loss Statement

A Profit and Loss Statement, or P&L, gives you a clear picture of your company's profitability and is an essential document for any business venture. This form measures and reports your company's expenses and revenue during a specific period and gives the facts about your company's financial state. The P&L includes your net sales, gross margin, net profit, cost of goods sold, and expenses.

LLC Organizational Meeting Minutes

When you form an LLC, you must abide by certain guidelines to maintain limited liability protection. One of those guidelines is keeping detailed, accurate records of company meetings. The LLC Organizational Meeting Minutes form enables you to keep accurate minutes of official meetings, so the company's decisions and actions can be documented as a permanent record.

Paperwork Matters

Running an LLC can be an exciting, lucrative, and satisfying experience. When you decide to start your own Limited Liability Company, make sure to fill out all the necessary paperwork.


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