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do you want to start an llc in texas this year today you will learn about the most common ways to start your business including the correct forms you'll need how to register your llc critical naming requirements and all other vital tips and tricks then as a bonus later on in the video i will reveal to you a trustworthy registered agent who will help set up your llc for free so make sure to stick with me until the end the state of texas like other states has several specific llc requirements there are three main ways you can start an llc in texas first is the diy or do-it-yourself process where you mostly depend on texas state's website the second way is hiring a professional service that practically offers more efficiency and security in the process of creating your llc while the third one is hiring an attorney we will skip the attorney hiring portion because that's expensive and most business owners won't need that service first let's take a look at the steps required for starting an llc on your own step one name your business before anything else you will have to think of the llc's legal business name each llc in texas must have a distinct llc name that is not currently in use you must include the terms limited liability company or an abbreviation such as llc you cannot include phrases such as a corporation which would lead people to believe you are a different business organization knowing if your business name is taken or not is very easy just go to google and type in the words business entity records texas secretary of state and click the first search result i also have the link in the description below for your convenience it will lead you to a landing page of business entity records in texas scroll down a little and you will see some search options which make checking the availability of your business name easier generally you can click the first option entity name and type in your business name for example i am typing a very common business name here laundry mart which will give you a list of existing business names a unique business name will say no matches found just like this random name i typed in keep in mind that the division of revenue doesn't check names for trademark compliance it's ultimately up to you and your business attorney to ensure that your llc's name doesn't infringe on any other company's rights step two texas requires llc to have a registered agent an agent has a physical address a po box is not allowed and is available during business hours this agent will serve as the llc's primary point of contact for receiving key legal papers tax warnings summons subpoenas and so on you can register yourself or someone in your company but i highly recommend getting a professional registered agent as they have more knowledge by protecting your company in cases of possible cracks while i agree that family members or friends are reliable enough to be trusted as your llc's agent you are more comfortable sleeping at night knowing that your agent is professional and trained to manage legal documents to avoid problems concerning court schedules filing reports with the secretary of state etc besides hiring a professional registered agent is not expensive in fact there are companies that offer a free registered agent as part of your package when you form your llc through them inc file is a company i recommend which has this free service inc file offers a free registered agent on your first year of signing up for their service during that free year you can already take advantage of a professional and trained agent to receive legal documents on your behalf a dashboard where you can always access the correspondence that your agent has received as well as email notifications and automatic forwarding whenever your registered agent receives documents step 3 filing the texas llc certificate of formation after that you must file the certificate of formation with the texas secretary of state's business entities division and the office of the judge of probate to officially incorporate a domestic texas limited liability company the texas state filing cost for llcs is two hundred dollars for domestic llcs and 750 dollars for foreign llcs basically a domestic llc means that you are already a resident of texas and you want to build a business in texas foreign llc on the other hand is for people living outside texas but wanting to start a business or a franchise of their business in texas with that said most businesses would be applying for a domestic llc you can file the certificate of formation online or by mailing it to the secretary of state expect the llc certification process to take approximately two weeks this is three to four days for the judge of probate and ten days for the secretary of state step four prepare an operating agreement now an operating agreement is a good idea to have in place with the other members if your llc has more than one member although a limited liability company operating agreement is not necessary for texas your operating agreement should clarify how your company or business will handle big picture issues such as allocating earnings and losses and dissolving the company your operating agreement should also cover the transfer of membership interest profits or losses and distributions initial investments decision making powers voting rights and management and lastly dissolving the business step five of file annual reports unlike most states texas does not require llcs to file annual reports with the secretary of state however llcs must file annual franchise tax reports the details for computing the tax can be complicated for more information check the comptroller of public accounts website and texas llc annual filing requirements step 6 obtain an ein an ein or employer identification number is a federal tax id issued by the irs your ein is used by them to readily identify your firm and tax filings all texas firms pay a business privilege tax and the state requires you to have an ein to file you may also be required to provide your ein when opening a bank account or applying for municipal permits or licenses obtaining an ein is a slightly longer process compared to their previous steps i'm sure you know anything to do with the irs is confusing first you have to have complete knowledge of your llc such as your company information managing member information business address business information company details and even critical information regarding vehicular assets and federal excise taxes this is another reason why getting a professional registered agent is way more convenient as they can do this for you as part of their service now let's talk about the second option to form an llc and that is hiring a professional formation service professional formation services do all the steps you should be doing on your own from filing necessary forms to acting as your registered agent you usually have to allocate a specific budget for this option as i already mentioned earlier inc file is one of the best companies out there to help you form your llc you can click on the link in the description to get access to this
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- Nickole Tuma, Staff Member
if you want to learn how to start an llc in texas you're in the right place now every state has slightly different rules when it comes to forming an llc texas specifically has some of the most newly formed llcs or limited liability companies stick around to learn what the steps are to form your own limited liability company in texas to get an llc you can either do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you if you're going the diy route there are five steps in total to forming your llc in texas step number one name your llc do you already have a name for your business you'll need to search through the business name database that's kept on file with the texas secretary of state to make sure it isn't taken every state has its own rules about what kind of names you're allowed to use in order to form your llc in general you want to check that it's not easily confused with another business name on file for example bear claw llc and bear claw llc are not easily distinguishable and you'll need to add either limited liability company llc or llc with periods in between each letter to your business's name there are also certain words that may require additional paperwork such as insurance trust bank and inc lastly though this isn't a requirement of getting an llc you probably want to grab the domain name of your business name so that no one gets it first step number two file the certificate of formation texas requires you to file a certificate information with the secretary of state either in person online or by mail it will cost three hundred dollars make sure to include the name of your proposed llc the physical address of your texas office the designated registered agent which we'll talk about in a moment and how your llc will be managed either with one manager more than one manager or all llc members step number three choose a registered agent a registered agent or an agent for service of process is a requirement for forming an llc in texas it refers to someone who accepts all legal papers for the business it refers to a person or business who sends and accept all legal papers acting as the point of contact for your llc these documents can include regulatory and tax notices subpoenas correspondence and legal filings depending on your state laws your registered agent can be someone in your company like you or you can hire a professional service to do it for you just as long as your registered agent has a street address in your state and is available during business hours step number four create an operating agreement though most states don't legally require you to file your operating agreement with the secretary of state you could be required to prepare and maintain an operating agreement within the llc an operating agreement records your llc setups organizational structure daily duties and general rules it defines the roles and responsibilities of all llc members including the percentage of ownership allocated to each member how profits will be distributed and how decisions will be made it's the core document for your business it can help you prevent future misunderstandings there are six main sections to an operating agreement section number one organization describes when and where a company is created who its members are and how ownership is structured section number two management and voting just like it sounds it outlines how the company is managed and how members vote section number three capital contributions which members are financially supporting the llc and how more funds plan to be raised in the future section number four distributions how the company's profits and losses are distributed among the members section number five membership changes the process for adding or removing members of the llc or if and when members can transfer their ownership shares and lastly section number six dissolution the circumstance in which the llc may be dissolved your operating agreement is a living document that should be updated each time there's a change in the membership or management of your company step number five apply for an ein your employer identification number is like a social security number specifically for your business it's a nine digit number assigned by the irs to identify taxpayers who are required to file business tax returns you should consider getting an ein from the irs if you want to open a business bank account apply for a business loan and pay your business income taxes eins are free and you can get one from either the irs online or by mail and that's how to form an llc in texas it's important to know that most llcs doing business in texas must file an annual report together with a franchise tax that is payable to the texas comptroller of public accounts your llc will not owe franchise taxes if your annual revenue is below 1.23 million dollars though in that case you will need to file a no tax due report if forming an llc on your own sounds like too much of a headache you can always go with option number two hiring a service to take care of your texas llc for you though it may cost you more money than doing it yourself there are a lot of benefits to hiring a professional like taylor brands our llc service will take care of your formal application get your ein for you create your operating agreement in your terms and act as your registered agent so you can rest easy knowing that your paperwork is taken care of deadlines are met and your privacy is protected if you have any more questions about forming a texas llc you can check out the link in our blog post in the video description below don't forget to visit taylor brands website and subscribe to our youtube channel to get more information on how to successfully build your business from scratch we can't wait to see what you create you
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- Nickole Tuma
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