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How Do I Decide What the Best Legal Structure Is for My Business?

There are a few different options when it comes to forming a business in Colorado. From a legal perspective, there are three main types of Colorado for-profit business entities: LLCs, S Corporations or C Corporations. For many entrepreneurs, we believe an LLC provides the right ratio of liability protection and ease of administration.

What Do I Need to Start a Business in Colorado?

In order to form an LLC in the state of Colorado, there are some minimum requirements you must meet. These are a completed set of Articles of Organization, a business name and a fee you pay to the Colorado Secretary of State. We recommend taking some other steps before formally starting your LLC:

After you’ve created your Colorado LLC, you will also need to review your business license requirements, understand ongoing filing needs, set up a separate business bank account and get an accountant.

How Do I Register a Company in Colorado?

In Colorado, you register a business by completing and filing your Articles of Organization online with the Colorado Secretary of State. You will need to gather pertinent information about your business, fill out the form and file it with the Secretary of State along with your filing fee. This will formally create your LLC in Colorado.

You Articles of Organization must be filed online with the Secretary of State's integrated filing system. Alternatively, Incfile can guide you through every step of the process by getting details from you and completing the process on your behalf — for free! There’s no additional charge for our basic LLC filing service, so all you need to do is pay the Colorado state filing fee.

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How Much Does It Cost to Form a Colorado LLC?

At the time of writing the fee charged by the Colorado Secretary of State is $50. You can always check the latest Colorado filing fees here. Some states allow you to pay an additional fee for expedited filing through Incfile, which will create your LLC faster. The amount of the expedited fee is dependent on how quickly you want your filing processed. Some LLC filing services do charge you extra to prepare and submit your filing documents, but at Incfile, we do this for free — so you only pay the state fee.

How Long Does It Take to Form an LLC in Colorado?

Once you’ve gathered all of your information together and filed your Articles of Organization online (or had Incfile do it for you), your filing will be processed in real time by the Colorado Secretary of State, legally creating your LLC. Because of this immediate filing, Colorado does not offer an additional expedited fee option, like many other states. .

How Do I Perform a Colorado Business Search?

The name of your Colorado LLC needs to be unique, so you’ll need to confirm that it isn't already being used by another business. You can do that via the Colorado Secretary of State website, or by using our fast and simpleBusiness Name Search tool.

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How Do I Register a Business Name in Colorado?

There are a few ways to register your Colorado LLC name.

  • If you’re creating a new business and your business name is unique in Colorado and meets state naming rules, you simply include it in your Articles of Organization.
  • If you want to change the legal name of your business, file Articles of Amendment with the Secretary of State.
  • If you just want to do business under a different name, file a Statement of Trade Name with the Colorado Secretary of State, or we can do that on your behalf.

If you want to prevent people from using your business name across the U.S., you can file a trademark for the name. We can help.

What Are Colorado Articles of Incorporation?

In many other states, the formal documents that you file to form a corporation or LLC might be known as Articles of Incorporation. In Colorado, this document is called your Articles of Organization, and it performs the same functions as the Articles of Incorporation.

Does Colorado Have Series LLCs?

No, the State of Colorado does not have a Series LLC offering. A Series LLC is a special type of LLC where you create one “overall” business and then have individual, series LLCs within it, each counted as separate legal entities.

Do I Need a Registered Agent for My Colorado LLC?

Yes, all legal business entities in Colorado, including LLCs, must have a Registered Agent at all times. Here at Incfile, we provide a free Colorado Registered Agent service for the first year if you file through us.

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How Do I Change a Registered Agent in Colorado?

If you wish to change your Colorado Registered Agent you can do so by filing a Statement of Change with the Secretary of State. Here at Incfile, we provide a free Colorado Registered Agent service for the first year if you file through us. If you’ve been using a different Registered Agent and want to switch to us, we’ll file the Statement of Change on your behalf.

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How Do I Perform a Colorado Registered Agent Search?

If you need to know the Registered Agent of a specific Colorado business, you can perform a Colorado Registered Agent search within the state's business database.

What Colorado Business Taxes Do I Need to Pay?

As an LLC, any business profits you earn will be reported on your personal 1040 filing and reported and taxed as “pass-through” income. You will typically need to pay:

  • Self-employment or payroll tax on all business profits
  • Federal income tax on profits after you meet your tax-free allowance
  • Sales tax for selling taxable products and services
What Businesses Need to Pay Colorado Sales Tax?

Colorado charges a 2.9 percent state sales and use tax on all retail sales, leases and rentals of most goods. You will also need to pay sales tax if you provide a taxable service. You can review the sales tax guide for information regarding taxable services.

How Do I Get a Colorado Sales Tax ID?

You will need to apply for a sales tax license with the Colorado Department of Revenue. You can complete this process online.

How Do I Calculate Colorado Sales Tax?

The base rate for Colorado sales tax is 2.9 percent, and there may be additional sales tax depending on your region, county or city. Once you know your overall sales tax amount, calculate the value of all your taxable products and services. Then, multiply that by your sales tax rate to understand how much you will need to pay.

When Is Colorado Sales Tax Due?

Once your LLC’s sales tax application is approved, you will receive information regarding how often you must file a sales tax return and pay sales taxes. Returns and payments may be due monthly, quarterly or annually.

What Do I Need to Know About Colorado Franchise Tax?

Some businesses will need to pay a corporate franchise tax in Colorado, however it does not apply to LLCs unless your LLC is treated as a C Corporation for tax purposes.

Do I Need a License to Do Business in Colorado?

If you wish to operate your business within Colorado and remain in compliance with the state, you'll likely need some type of business license to do so. The types of business licenses you need will vary depending on your type of business, industry, location and various other factors. We can research the types of business licenses you might need for you.

We hope you’ve found this Colorado LLC FAQ useful. If you’ve used our services and have a question that isn’t answered here, let us know and we’d be happy to help.

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