Starting an LLC in Indiana
Known as the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana is a beautiful state located in the midwestern and Great Lakes area of the U.S. Located between Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio, Indiana is ideally placed for you to start your business.
If you want to start your own business in Indiana, one of the best ways to do so is by forming an Indiana LLC. Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Indiana LLCs give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.
Briefly, the benefits of starting an Indiana LLC include:
- Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
- Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulations and administration of your Indiana LLC
- Easy tax filing and potential advantages for tax treatment
Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.
Forming an Indiana LLC in Six Quick Steps
This guide has plenty of information on how to form your Indiana LLC, but you can break down the basics of forming a business in IN into just a few simple steps.
STEP 1: Gather Information for Your Members
First, you need to gather basic information about your LLC, including the names and addresses of the managers or members. The LLC members are typically the people who own and run the business. They are also the ones who can take profits out of the business to pay themselves.
STEP 2: Search for and Choose a Unique Business Name for Your Indiana LLC
You will need a distinctive and original name for your Indiana LLC that’s not used by any other business in IN. To find out if another company is using your chosen business name, carry out an Indiana business entity name search on the IN Secretary of State website.
There are a few rules you’ll need to follow when choosing an LLC name. You can find out more in our guide to searching for and naming your Indiana LLC.
Learn about Indiana LLC business naming rules.
STEP 3: Provide an Official Address for Your IN LLC
Every Indiana LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), your company’s office building or any physical address of your preference. The address can be outside the state of Indiana, and it can be a P.O. Box.
STEP 4: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Indiana LLC
Every IN LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” This is an official position; the Registered Agent is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Indiana Secretary of State.
This position can be filled by you, another manager in the business or a dedicated Registered Agent service. Your IN Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Indiana and must be present to receive important documents for your company during business hours.
At Incfile, all of our packages include an Indiana Registered Agent service that is free for the first year and just $119 per year afterward. We also have a dashboard where you can log in and easily view any document your Registered Agent has received on your behalf.
Learn more about Indiana Registered Agents.
STEP 5: Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
You will need an EIN to identify your business to the IRS. You use this number when filing and paying taxes or when submitting payroll information and payments for your employees. You can obtain one directly from the IRS, or we can get one for you as part of the Indiana LLC business formation process.
STEP 6: File Certificate of Organization with the Indiana Secretary of State
Once you've gathered all the information for your Indiana LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the IN Secretary of State. This document is known as your “Certificate of Organization,” and filing the document creates your Indiana LLC. Here’s what is typically included:
- Your business name and address
- Details of your Registered Agent
- Duration of your business
- Name of the incorporator
You can file your Indiana LLC Certificate of Organization online, mail in a form or have Incfile do it on your behalf. There is a fee to file and start an LLC in Indiana. You only need to file your Certificate of Organization once.
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Review Information from the Indiana Secretary of State
The IN Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Indiana.
These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Indiana. You’ll find other useful information below.
Special Types of Indiana LLCs
A regular Indiana LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.
Form a Professional Indiana LLC
Some states allow certain occupations to form “Professional LLCs,” but Indiana only recognizes professional corporations, not professional LLCs.
Form a Foreign LLC in Indiana
If your business is already operating in another state and expanding to Indiana, you’ll need to form a foreign LLC.
More information on Indiana filing and licensing requirements here
What to Do After Forming Your Indiana LLC
Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Indiana? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to understanding your ongoing requirements, setting up new bank accounts, protecting your business name, getting accounting in place and more.
Detailed Information for Your Indiana LLC
You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:
How to search the Indiana business registry of the IN Secretary of State and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving an Indiana LLC name and more.
How to appoint an Indiana Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching for Indiana Registered Agents.
How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Indiana rules. Includes details of Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), Indiana and federal business licenses, Indiana annual reports and more.
How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Indiana government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Indiana taxes like sales tax and income tax.