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How to Start an LLC in Ohio: 3 Quick Steps

Whether you are a young entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, Ohio’s thriving economy makes it a popular place to start your business. One of the easiest ways to take advantage of its accessible business environment is to create an LLC. In the Buckeye State, an LLC provides minimal compliance, fewer membership requirements and an attractive tax structure. Follow these 3 steps to form your Ohio LLC, today.

Step 1: Choose A Name For Your Ohio LLC

Choosing a name for your LLC is the first step toward officially launching your business. You must be certain that this name is notably different from any other business in the state of Ohio. You can check the availability of your business name through the Secretary of State’s business filing portal. You will want to secure this business name before you proceed with any proprietary purchases, such as a domain name or business cards. The state of Ohio does not allow you to reserve a business name without a fee.

Here are some additional restrictions and requirements for naming your new Ohio LLC:

What you can’t do: You may not form an Ohio LLC under a name that incorrectly implies that you are, or are affiliated, with a government agency (e.g. FBI, IRS).

What you must do: Your new Ohio LLC’s name must conclude with one of the following: Limited Liability Company; LLC; L.L.C.; Limited; Ltd. or Ltd. Additional steps may be required for businesses including banks, trusts, insurance agencies, dentists, cooperatives and legal professional associations, which can be found on the Secretary of State’s business name guide.

Step 2: Create and File Your Articles of Organization

The next step toward forming an Ohio LLC is to create and file your articles of organization with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. Incfile can complete and file your articles of organization on behalf of your LLC. The articles of organization must include:

  • The name of your Ohio LLC.
  • The name(s) and address(es) of the organizer(s).
  • The LLC’s primary business address.
  • These articles must be signed by at least one of the LLC’s organizers or a person that is authorized to represent an organizer.
  • The articles of organization may include additional information if members so choose (as long as they do not legally conflict with any laws), such as the effective date of operation, period of existence, purpose clause and whether or not the LLC will be run by a single manager or multiple managers.
  • The LLC’s registered agent’s name and address, in addition to a document stating that the agent agrees to the position and the responsibilities that follow.

Ohio LLC Registered Agents Requirements

Ohio LLCs are required to have a registered agent that resides within the state of Ohio who can receive both administrative and legal forms from the state on behalf of the LLC. If your registered agent is a business entity and not a natural resident of the state of Ohio, they must have a business address in the state of Ohio in order to receive important documents during normal business hours

If you are looking for an entity to fulfill your registered agent duties, Incfile can provide these services to your Ohio LLC.

Your LLC will not be considered a legal business until you deliver the original articles of organization, along with a certified copy, to the Business Services Division of the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, as well as the filing fee. Once this process is completed and the state has entered your LLC into its records, your Ohio LLC is fully formed and operational.

Filing Fees For Ohio LLCs

There is a $99 filing fee for creating an Ohio LLC. You may expedite the filing process for an extra fee, if you wish to receive faster service.

Step 3: Generate an Operating Agreement for Your Ohio LLC

Following articles of organization, the next critical step is creating an operating agreement for your business. This agreement does not have to be set in stone and can be amended or repealed to reflect changes within the organization, as stated in the agreement or applicable law. While the operating agreement is not required by the state of Ohio, it is critical to spell out the operational structure of your Ohio LLC, and how it will be run. An operating agreement covers:

  • Who the members are (see how membership works for Ohio LLCs below).
  • The amount each member has invested.
  • How the profits will be divided.
  • The voting share among members.
  • The roles of each member.
  • Requirements for meetings.
  • Buyout stipulations and terms.
  • Dissolution requirements and terms.
  • Constraints on members’ ability to amend, repeal or adopt the operating agreement.

The operating agreement must be confirmed in writing by all members of the LLC, if there is more that one member at the time of formation.

Memberships for Ohio LLC

Ohio LLCs are required to have one or more members, none of which can be business entities. Members are decided upon before the formation of the LLC based on the contributions of the individual(s).

These contributions can come in the form of a cash investment, equipment, proprietary information, etc. It is important to document these contributions in the articles of organization or operating agreement to have them on file for future considerations.

The operating agreement should also note the terms for membership resignation, retirement and in cases of dissolution or acquisition. This will help protect the LLC from losing a valuable member without warning, yet gives members the option of pursuing other professional endeavors as long as they follow the proper steps.

Ongoing Requirements and Taxes for Ohio LLCs

Ohio LLCs are required to perform additional tasks on a recurring basis to stay concurrent with the state. Ohio, unlike other states, does not require an annual report, which saves LLCs time and money. However, there are other steps to keep your business fully operational:

  • Ohio LLCs are required to attain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS in order to hire employees. Additionally, most banks will require an EIN to open a business account.
  • Certain business require certification in order to legally operate. Be sure to attain these certifications after your LLC has been properly formed.
  • Quarterly taxes will need to be filed through the state as well as yearly taxes through the IRS.

If you start your Ohio LLC with Incfile, we will send you reminder emails related to upcoming deadlines.

Ohio LLC Tax Information

Expanding upon this ongoing responsibility for LLCs, filing taxes is an important part of business ownership. Luckily forming an LLC in Ohio provides a favorable tax environment for business owners when compared to corporations. Not only do LLC owners have the ability to take advantage of more tax deductions, but it may also operate as a “pass-through entity,” so that an LLC owner can choose to file the business’ gains and losses on his or her personal return, without having to file separately.

LLCs with multiple members will be categorized as partnerships, unless the members decide to be taxed as a corporation. Again, this means that the LLC does not have to file separate taxes, but rather that the members each pay taxes on the percentage of the profits in which they are owed on their personal returns.

The tax rates for Ohio LLCs varies depending on the business’s taxable net income.

Dissolution of an LLC in Ohio

An Ohio LLC is considered dissolved by the state when any of these events occur:

  • An act or event occurs that requires dissolution as specified in the operation agreement.
  • A valid number of members, as specified by the operation agreement, agrees to dissolve the LLC.
  • A legal issue making it unlawful for the LLC to continue operation.
  • The LLC loses one of its members and the remaining members do not agree to continue the LLC within 90 days.
  • There is a judicial decree that orders the dissolution of the LLC.

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