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…
Start your Georgia LLC in Six Steps
STEP 1: Name Your Georgia LLC
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...
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:
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.
|State Fee||State Filing Time||Expedited Filing Time|
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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.
Due Date: April 1st
Filing Fee: $50
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