South Carolina LLC

South Carolina LLC

Form a South Carolina LLC

At LawInc, we keep things simple and allow you to easily form your South Carolina (SC) Limited Liability Company online or over the phone (800-989-5294).

South Carolina LLC formation is simple with Once you submit your application, we check name availability, prepare your Articles of Organization and file your paperwork with the South Carolina Secretary of State. As soon as your South Carolina LLC is formed, we forward you your final paperwork.

A South Carolina 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 a South Carolina 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 South Carolina Limited Liability Company formation process. Our clear, concise and easy to use website, helps keep things simple.

South Carolina LLC Name

The first step in forming a South Carolina Limited Liability Company (LLC) is selecting the business name. South Carolina 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.”

An available South Carolina LLC name may be reserved for 120 days. permits you to choose up to three names and will conduct a name search for your South Carolina LLC, prior to filing.

South Carolina LLC Formation

South Carolina LLC Filing Procedure: When forming a South Carolina LLC, the South Carolina Articles of Organization must be filed with the South Carolina Secretary of State. The South Carolina Articles of Organization must state:

  • The South Carolina LLC name.
  • Name and address of each South Carolina LLC organizer.
  • Street address of South Carolina registered agent.
  • Street address of principle place of business.

South Carolina LLC Organizers: An South Carolina limited liability company can be formed by one (1) or more organizers.

South Carolina LLC Members: South Carolina LLCs require 1 or more members. There is no residence or age requirement. South Carolina LLC members are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.

South Carolina LLC Duration: The period of duration of a limited liability company shall be perpetual unless the South Carolina Articles of Organization place a limitation on the company’s existence or until dissolution or termination.

South Carolina LLC Purpose: A South Carolina Limited Liability Company may be formed to transact any or all lawful businesses for which LLCs may be organized under the Law, except the business of banking or insurance.

South Carolina Registered Agent: An South Carolina LLC must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in South Carolina. The South Carolina registered agent should be available, at an South Carolina physical address, during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents on behalf of the South Carolina LLC. The registered agent can either be (1) a domestic entity or a foreign entity that is registered to do business in South Carolina or (2) an individual resident of the state. A South Carolina LLC may not act as its own agent.

South Carolina 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 South Carolina LLC operating agreement should reference how the South Carolina LLC is managed, allocation of profits and losses and member capital contributions. The South Carolina LLC operating agreement does not need to be filed.

South Carolina LLC Post-Filing Requirements

South Carolina LLC Annual Report: South Carolina LLCs are not required to file annual reports.

South Carolina LLC Taxes

South Carolina State Income Tax: The LLC tax rate for South Carolina is variable, depending on South Carolina 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
  • Corporation.

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 South Carolina LLC net income must be paid just as you would with any self-employment business.

Most South Carolina multi-member LLCs elect to be treated as partnerships by the IRS and file IRS Form 1065. On this form, South Carolina LLC profits are reported and allocated to each of the owners according to the South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina LLC has more than one owner or any employees.

South Carolina LLC Dissolution/Cancellation

South Carolina LLC Dissolution/Cancellation: In order to dissolve or cancel an South Carolina LLC, the members or managers must file Articles of Termination with the South Carolina Secretary of State. The filing fee is $10. For more information, visit:

Acts Triggering South Carolina LLC Dissolution: A South Carolina 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.