Why Form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in Georgia?

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Simple Steps to Start Your Georgia LLC

Georgia is a wonderful place to start a business — access to international trade, the world’s busiest airport (Atlanta) and one of the main technical hubs in the U.S. makes it an innovator’s dream. Great universities, access to talent and a rich culture combine to create the perfect backdrop for a successful business venture. Georgia also has one of the lowest fees for starting an LLC ($100) and for completing annual registration reports ($50).

Georgia is already home to the headquarters of the most famous brand in the world (Coca-Cola) and other businesses including The Home Depot, UPS, Delta and Suntrust are proud to call the state home. If you want to start your own business in Georgia, one of the best ways to do so is by forming an LLC.

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. LLCs are great for small businesses because they give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations — without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities. Let’s start by looking at the advantages of forming a Georgia LLC.

Advantages of Forming an LLC in Georgia

Georgia LLCs have several benefits for business owners…

  • You can set up a Georgia LLC quickly and easily — complete all the paperwork online and start your company right now.
  • Limit any personal liability — any liabilities created by your Georgia business (debts, obligations and other liabilities) are legally considered to be completely separate from your personal assets.
  • It’s easy to run a Georgia LLC — LLCs are light on rules. You don’t need annual meetings, boards of directors or complex regulations. Georgia LLCs are also simple to manage and you can make changes with little paperwork.
  • Tracking, filing and paying taxes is easy — any profit or loss your Georgia LLC creates is reported on your personal tax returns. You won’t need to deal with the “double taxation” problems that larger companies have.

Start your Georgia LLC in Six Steps

STEP 1: Name Your Georgia LLC

  • Your Georgia LLC needs an original, unique name. It should:
    • Be distinctive and not used by another company in Georgia.
    • Not be confusable with the name of another company in Georgia.
    • End with the words "Limited Liability Company," "LLC," "L.L.C.," "Limited Company," "LC," or "L.C." The term "Limited" is allowed to be abbreviated as "Ltd." and "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co."
    • The complete name must be 80 characters or fewer, including any spaces and punctuation.
    • For example: “Atlanta Highway and Bridge Repairs LLC” or “Georgia Peach Marmalade Masters, Limited Liability Company.”
  • You can search for the names of Georgia businesses on the Georgia Secretary of State website. Please note that the search is not intended to serve as a name availability search.

STEP 2: Your Georgia LLC Needs a Street Address

A Georgia LLC must have a designated address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), where your office is located or any physical address of your preference — even outside of Georgia. Unlike most other states, you can use a PO Box as your designated address in Georgia.

STEP 3: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Georgia LLC

Every Georgia LLC must have a "registered agent". That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated registered agent service. The registered agent in Georgia is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Georgia Secretary of State.

At Incfile, all of our packages include a "Registered Agent" service free for the first year and $119 per year thereafter. We also have a dashboard you can login to and easily view any document your registered agent has received on your behalf. Here are a few reasons you might want to appoint Incfile as their registered agent service...

  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in the state where you are forming the company. Some people establish companies outside of the state they live in and will need to use a Registered Agent service to provide the address.
  • You always need to have someone on hand to receive important documents for your business during business hours (typically 9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday). Therefore, person must always be available to sign for legal correspondence.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the Georgia Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, this is a reason to choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your Georgia business address or move out of state, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the secretary of state for the new address of your Registered Agent. You will need to setup a new registered agent service in the new state.

There are more considerations, but this should help you with your decision to use a Registered Agent service.

STEP 4: You Should Provide Names and Addresses of all Georgia LLC Members

Your Georgia LLC members are the people who own and run the business. They will be the individuals who withdraw profits from the business to pay themselves. Georgia requires you to list the names and addresses of all managers or members when you register the LLC. You can register these addresses as street addresses or P.O. boxes.

STEP 5: You Need to File Articles of Organization with the Georgia Secretary of State

Your LLC is created by filing Articles of Organization with the Georgia Secretary of State. The articles must include the LLC's name and, optionally, the names and addresses of the LLC’s managers. If you file articles by mail, you must also file a completed Transmittal Information Form 231. Incfile can file your Articles of Organization on your behalf, which is quick and less complicated for you.

STEP 6: You Should Create a Georgia LLC Operating Agreement

Georgia LLCs aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons. Your Operating Agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas. Here’s how to create your Operating Agreement. If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile will draft a general Operating Agreement within most of our online business formation packages. It can also be selected as an add-on option in our Silver package. This Operating Agreement will be a basic template that you can make changes to anytime you see fit.

We also have a lot more information on how to form an LLC. It answers questions like:

  • Who can form a Georgia LLC?
  • When should you form a Georgia LLC?
  • What are the ongoing responsibilities for an LLC?

Starting Your Georgia LLC: Useful Resources

Form a Georgia LLC without Breaking the Bank

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Georgia LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the articles of organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free registered agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help to start an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Georgia?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$100 15 Business Days 2 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: April 1st

Filing Fee: $50

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