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Starting an LLC in Louisiana

The great state of Louisiana is located on the southeast coast of the U.S. and borders Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. It’s a combination of unusual geography, a rich and vibrant culture and a growing economy, making it a very business-friendly state. It has the largest bulk cargo port in the world and is a center of tourism, agriculture and energy.

If you want to start your own business in Louisiana, one of the best ways to do so is by forming a Louisiana LLC. Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Louisiana 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 a Louisiana LLC include:

  • Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
  • Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulation and administration of your Louisiana LLC
  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for your tax treatment

Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.

Form an Louisiana LLC in Six Quick Steps

We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in LA. On this page you’ll find the basic steps for forming an LLC in Louisiana, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.

Review Information from the Louisiana Secretary of State

The LA Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Louisiana. These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Louisiana. You’ll find other useful information below.

Special Types of Louisiana LLCs

A regular Louisiana LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.

What to Do After Filing Your Louisiana LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Louisiana? 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 Louisiana LLC

You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:

Naming Your Louisiana LLC

How to search the Louisiana business registry of the LA Secretary of State and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Louisiana LLC name and more.

Louisiana Registered Agents for LLCs

How to appoint a Louisiana Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching for Louisiana Registered Agents.

Fees and Requirements for Louisiana LLCs

How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Louisiana rules. Includes details of Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), Louisiana and federal business licenses, Louisiana annual reports and more.

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your Louisiana LLC

How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Louisiana government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Louisiana taxes like sales tax and income tax.

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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.

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