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Best Cities in New York State to Form Your LLC

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New York State is home to the largest city in the nation, together with a number of other diverse, some beautiful, cosmopolitan cities. Here are four of the best to consider when it comes to forming your New York State LLC.

Starting an LLC in New York, NY

The most famous and most populated city in the United States, New York is a major center for business, culture, innovation and the arts. New York is a “global power city” and exerts tremendous influence over many industries and is known as the cultural and financial capital of the world. As a hub of international business and commerce, New York is a leader in the technology, banking and finance, tourism, transportation, retailing, world trade, media, real estate, legal, advertising, accountancy, insurance, theater and fashion sectors. Many of the largest businesses in the world are headquartered in New York City.

  • Area of city: 468 square miles
  • Population of metro area: 20.2 million
  • Population density: 28,000 people per square mile
  • Cost of living: 131 percent above national average; housing is 373 percent more expensive
  • Time zone: EST
  • Sales tax: 8.875 percent

Starting an LLC in Rochester, NY

Located in the north east of New York State, on the shores of Lake Ontario and near the border with Canada, Rochester is the third most populous city in the Empire State. Although it’s famous for being the birthplace of Kodak and Xerox, the economy of Rochester has diversified significantly over the last few years. The city is now a major center for the high-tech industry, food and beverage production.

  • Area of city: 37 square miles
  • Population of metro area: 1.1 million
  • Population density: 6,100 people per square mile
  • Cost of living: 1 percent above national average; housing is 5 percent cheaper
  • Time zone: EST
  • Sales tax: 8 percent

Starting an LLC in Buffalo, NY

Although it’s dwarfed by New York City, Buffalo is the second most populous city in New York State. Originally built around the steel, grain and automobile industries, Buffalo’s economy is now refocused on technology, biotech, education and financial services. After a decline, Buffalo is now adding employment and has one of the most affordable housing markets and cost of living in the U.S. for a major city.

  • Area of city: 52 square miles
  • Population of metro area: 1.1 million
  • Population density: 6,400 people per square mile
  • Cost of living: 4 percent below national average; housing is 2 percent more expensive
  • Time zone: EST
  • Sales tax: 8.75 percent

Starting an LLC in Albany, NY

As the capital of New York State, Albany is a popular city to start a business. The district is a major part of “Tech Valley” and technology, together with government, healthcare and education are the major industries in the city and surrounding areas. Albany also has excellent transportation links.

  • Area of city: 22 square miles
  • Population of metro area: 1.2 million
  • Population density: 4,500 people per square mile
  • Cost of living: 10 percent above national average; housing is 17 percent more expensive
  • Time zone: EST
  • Sales tax: 8 percent

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

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
$205 5 Business Days 1 Business Day

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: Biennially

Due Date: During anniversary month of organization.

Filing Fee: $9

Important: Section 206 of the New York State Limited Liability Company Law requires that within 120 days after the effectiveness of the initial articles of organization, a limited liability company (LLC) must publish in two newspapers a copy of the articles of organization or a notice related to the formation of the LLC. The newspapers must be designated by the county clerk of the county in which the office of the LLC is located, as stated in the articles of organization. After publication, the printer or publisher of each newspaper will provide you with an affidavit of publication. A Certificate of Publication, with the affidavits of publication of the newspapers attached, must be submitted to the New York Department of State, Division of Corporations, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231. The fee for filing the Certificate of Publication is $50.

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