Forming an LLC in Nevada: Your Complete Guide
Although it is most famed for Las Vegas, there's far more to the Silver State than entertainment and gambling. Bordered by four other states, Nevada enjoys an arid, desert climate and is famed for its extraordinary natural beauty, especially outside the major cities. Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mojave Desert all draw sightseers from around the world. Although tourism and entertainment are a major part of the state’s economy, there are plenty of opportunities for many types of business.
Nevada has long heralded itself as a favored state for incorporating, and it has been very popular with many business owners who are determined to incorporate outside of their home state. However, in recent years the fees to maintain a corporation or LLC have increased, meaning NV is no longer as competitive when compared to other states. However, Nevada does not have a state tax, which can make it an attractive option for reducing how much you pay the state government.
If you want to start your own business in Nevada, one of the best ways to do so is by forming a Nevada LLC. Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Nevada 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 Nevada 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 Nevada LLC
Easy tax filing and potential advantages for tax treatment
Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.
Six Quick Steps to Nevada LLC Formation
We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in NV. On this page you’ll find the basic steps of how to form a Nevada LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.
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 Nevada LLC
You will need a distinctive and original name for your Nevada LLC that’s not used by any other business in NV. To find out if another company is using your chosen business name, carry out a Nevada business entity name search on the NV 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 Nevada LLC.
Learn about Ohio Nevada business naming rules.
STEP 3: Provide an Official Address for Your NV LLC
Every Nevada 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 Nevada and can be a P.O. Box.
STEP 4: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Nevada LLC
Every NV LLC must have a “Registered Agent” when it is formed. 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 Nevada Secretary of State.
This position can be filled by you, another manager in the business or a dedicated Registered Agent service. Your NV Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Nevada and must be present to receive important documents for your company during business hours.
At Incfile, all of our packages include a Nevada 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 Nevada Registered Agents.
STEP 5: Get an Employee 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 Nevada LLC business formation process.
STEP 6: File Articles of Organization With the Nevada Secretary of State
Once you've gathered all the information for your Nevada LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the NV Secretary of State. This document is known as your “Articles of Organization,” and filing the document creates your Nevada LLC. Here’s what is typically included:
Your business name and address
Details of your Registered Agent
Names of managers or members of the LLC at the time of filing
Addresses of managers or members of the LLC at the time of filing
Name of the incorporator
You can file your Nevada LLC Articles 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 Nevada. You only need to file your Articles of Organization once.
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Review Information From the Nevada Secretary of State
The NV Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Nevada.
These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Nevada. You’ll find other useful information below.
Nevada Secretary of State for forming and running your NV LLC
Nevada Department of Business and Industry for NV employers and hiring
Nevada Department of Taxation for NV taxes
Special Types of Nevada LLCs
A regular Nevada LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.
Form a Nevada Series LLC
In Nevada, you also have the option to set up a “Series LLC” — these are specialized LLCs designed to allow you to manage multiple separate LLCs under one master, umbrella LLC. These can be very useful if you don’t want to set up a separate Nevada LLC for every individual business you run.
Decide if a Nevada Series LLC is right for your new business.
Form a Professional Nevada LLC
Some states, including Nevada, allow certain occupations to form “Professional LLCs.” These types of businesses typically have special requirements and licensing. Here are the occupations that the NV Secretary of State allows to form Nevada professional LLCs:
Architecture, interior design, residential design, engineering and landscape architecture
Medicine, homeopathy, osteopathy and psychology
Mental health services, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses, marriage and family therapists and clinical professional counselors
Form a Foreign LLC in Nevada
What to Do After Starting Your Nevada LLC
Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Nevada? 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 Nevada LLC
You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:
How to search the Nevada business registry of the NV Secretary of State and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Nevada LLC name and more.
How to appoint a Nevada Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching for Nevada 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 Nevada rules. Includes details of Employee Identification Numbers (EINs), Nevada and federal business licenses, Nevada Annual Reports and more.
How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Nevada government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Nevada taxes like sales tax and income tax.