Form an Ohio LLC
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Ohio LLC formation is simple with LawInc.com. Once you submit your application, we check name availability, prepare your Articles of Organization and file your paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State. As soon as your Ohio LLC is formed, we forward you your final paperwork.
An Ohio LLC can help protect your personal assets, such as your home, car or family savings. In the event of a lawsuit or if your business should fail, your personal assets cannot be touched, assuming you have properly formed, capitalized and maintained your LLC. This limited liability feature of an Ohio LLCs is not available in a sole proprietorship or general partnership, where the business owners are personally liable for all business debts.
Let LawInc walk you through the Ohio Limited Liability Company formation process. Our clear, concise and easy to use website, helps keep things simple.
Ohio LLC Name
The first step in forming an Ohio Limited Liability Company (LLC) is selecting the business name. Ohio LLC names:
- Must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or “LLC”, or the combination “Ltd. Liability Co.” or “Ltd. Liability Company.”
- May not contain language stating or implying that the Limited Liability Company is organized for a purpose other than one permitted by the laws of Ohio and its articles of organization.
- Must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from the name of any domestic or authorized foreign Limited Liability Company, corporation or Limited Partnership.
An available Ohio LLC name may be reserved for 120 days.
LawInc.com permits you to choose up to three names and will conduct a name search for your Ohio LLC, prior to filing.
Ohio LLC Formation
Ohio LLC Filing Procedure: When forming an Ohio LLC, the Ohio Articles of Organization must be filed with the Ohio Secretary of State. The Ohio Articles of Organization must state:
- The Ohio LLC name.
- Name and address of each Ohio LLC organizer.
- Street address of Ohio registered agent.
- Street address of principle place of business.
Ohio LLC Organizers: An Ohio limited liability company can be formed by one (1) or more organizers.
Ohio LLC Members: Ohio LLCs require 1 or more members. There is no residence or age requirement. Ohio LLC members are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.
Ohio LLC Duration: The period of duration of a limited liability company shall be perpetual unless the Ohio Articles of Organization place a limitation on the company’s existence or until dissolution or termination.
Ohio Registered Agent: An Ohio LLC must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Ohio. The Ohio registered agent should be available, at an Ohio physical address, during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents on behalf of the Ohio LLC. The registered agent can either be (1) a domestic entity or a foreign entity that is registered to do business in Ohio or (2) an individual resident of the state. An Ohio LLC may not act as its own agent.
Ohio LLC Operating Agreement: After filing, it is highly advised that an operating agreement is drafted which dictates the LLC internal affairs and management. There is no set criteria, but an Ohio LLC operating agreement should reference how the Ohio LLC is managed, allocation of profits and losses and member capital contributions. The Ohio LLC operating agreement does not need to be filed.
Ohio LLC Post-Filing Requirements
Ohio LLC Annual Report: Ohio LLCs are not required to file Annual Reports.
Ohio LLC Taxes
Ohio State Income Tax: The LLC tax rate for Ohio is variable, depending on Ohio taxable net income.
Federal Income Tax: An advantage of the LLC is its tax flexibility. LLC members are allowed to select how the entity will be taxed. An LLC may be classified for federal income tax purposes as either a:
- Sole proprietorship
- Partnership, or
Single member LLCs are treated the same as sole proprietorships. Profits are reported on Schedule C as part of your individual 1040 tax return. Self-employment taxes on Ohio LLC net income must be paid just as you would with any self-employment business.
Most Ohio multi-member LLCs elect to be treated as partnerships by the IRS and file IRS Form 1065. On this form, Ohio LLC profits are reported and allocated to each of the owners according to the Ohio LLC’s operating agreement. Each owner is given a Schedule K-1, which shows each owner’s share of LLC income or loss. The owner then reports and pays taxes on this income on the owner’s annual 1040 income tax return. It is important to note that as with sole proprietorships, all Ohio LLC profits are taxed to the owners, even if they are not actually distributed by the LLC. This situation can arise when the LLC needs to use its profits to pay ongoing expenses.
If pass-through taxation is not desired, an LLC may elect to be taxed as a corporation by completing IRS Form 8832. If this election is made, the LLC is taxed as a C corporation by the federal government. Because the corporate income tax rates for the first $75,000 of corporate taxable income are lower than the individual income tax rates that apply to the taxable income of non-corporate taxpayers, it is possible a net income tax savings can result from this tax election. Additionally, an LLC can be taxed like an S corporation by filing IRS Form 2553.
Federal Tax Identification Number/Employer Identification Number (EIN): The Federal Tax Identification Number, also known as the Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a number that is assigned to a business by the Internal Revenue Service. An EIN is like a Social Security Number for a business. It is a requisite for certain business functions such as opening bank accounts or hiring employees. An EIN is typically required if the Ohio LLC has more than one owner or any employees.
Ohio LLC Dissolution/Cancellation
Ohio LLC Dissolution/Cancellation: In order to dissolve or cancel an Ohio LLC, the members or managers must file a Certificate of Dissolution with the Ohio Secretary of State.
Acts Triggering Ohio LLC Dissolution: An Ohio LLC can be dissolved upon the happening of one of the following:
- At a time specified in the Articles of Organization or operating agreement;
- Upon occurrence of events specified in the Articles of Organization or operating agreement;
- Consent by the specific number or percentage of members indicated in the operating agreement;
- At any time there are no members; or
- Judicial decree to dissolve by a Court.