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Starting an LLC in North Carolina

Located on the East Coast of the U.S. and sandwiched between South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, North Carolina is a great location to start a business. It has excellent land and air links, with both Charlotte and Raleigh being major transport hubs. North Carolina is also the ninth most populous state in the U.S., so businesses are sure to find plenty of potential customers in their locality.

North Carolina’s landscape, culture and geography are extremely varied, from the coastal lowlands in the east to the Appalachian Mountains in the west. The state is known for being a major center of banking and finance (Charlotte has the biggest banking center outside New York City) and for its research triangle, comprising Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. North Carolina leads the southeastern states in both agriculture and industry. Western North Carolina is known for its tourist industry, with “leaf peepers” traveling from all over the U.S. to witness the spectacular fall colors.

For most business owners, the fastest and easiest way to start a business in North Carolina is by creating a North Carolina LLC. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a type of business entity that’s ideal for startups and small- to medium-sized businesses. You get the advantages and protections of larger North Carolina corporations but with much simpler rules and regulations.

Briefly, the benefits of starting a North Carolina 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 North Carolina LLC
  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for your tax treatment

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

Six Quick Steps to Starting an LLC in NC

We’ve got lots of useful information on registering a business in NC. On this page you’ll find the basic steps of how to form a North Carolina LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.

Review Information from the North Carolina Secretary of State

The NC Secretary of State has plenty of additional information on forming and running a business in North Carolina.

Special Types of North Carolina LLCs

A regular North Carolina 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 Forming Your North Carolina LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in North Carolina? 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.

Read the Rest of the Guide for More

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

Naming Your North Carolina LLC

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

North Carolina Registered Agents

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

Fees and Requirements for North Carolina LLCs

How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and North Carolina rules. Includes details of Employee Identification Numbers (EINs), North Carolina and federal business licenses, North Carolina Annual Reports and more.

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your North Carolina LLC

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