Filing in Oregon: Starting an Oregon LLC
One of the most northernmost states in the U.S., Oregon borders the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast. It is an extremely geographically diverse and beautiful state, and it is home to the largest living organism on the planet! The state’s economy is driven by timber, agriculture, energy, tourism and technology.
For most business owners, the fastest and easiest way to start a business in Oregon is by creating an Oregon 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 Oregon corporations but with much simpler rules and regulations.
Briefly, the benefits of starting an Oregon 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 Oregon LLC
Easy tax filing and potential advantages for tax treatment
Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.
Six Quick Steps for Forming an LLC in Oregon
We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in OR. On this page you’ll find the basic steps of how to form an Oregon 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 Oregon LLC
You will need a distinctive and original name for your Oregon LLC that’s not used by any other business in OR. To find out if another company is using your chosen business name, carry out an Oregon business entity name search on the OR 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 Oregon LLC.
Learn about Oregon LLC business naming rules.
STEP 3: Provide an Official Address for Your OR LLC
Every Oregon 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 Oregon and can be a P.O. Box.
STEP 4: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Oregon LLC
Every OR LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” 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 Oregon Secretary of State.
This position can be filled by you, another manager in the business or a dedicated Registered Agent service. Your OR Registered Agent must have a physical street address in Oregon and must be present to receive important documents for your company during business hours.
At Incfile, all of our packages include an Oregon 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 Ooregon 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 Oregon LLC business formation process.
STEP 6: File Articles of Organization With the Oregon Secretary of State
Once you've gathered all the information for your Oregon LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the OR Secretary of State. This document is known as your “Articles of Organization,” and filing the document creates your Oregon 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
Duration of your business (can be perpetual)
Name of the incorporator
You can file your Oregon 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 Oregon. You only need to file your Articles of Organization once.
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Review Information From the Oregon Secretary of State
The OR Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Oregon.
These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Oregon. You’ll find other useful information below.
Oregon Secretary of State for forming and running your OR LLC
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries for OR employers and hiring
Oregon Department of Revenue for OR taxes
Special Types of Oregon LLCs
A regular Oregon LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.
Form a Professional Oregon LLC
Some states allow certain occupations to form “Professional LLCs.” These types of businesses typically have special requirements and licensing. Oregon does not specify what professions can form professional LLCs.
Form a Foreign LLC in Oregon
What to Do After Filing Your Oregon LLC
Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Oregon? 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 Oregon LLC
You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:
How to search the Oregon business registry of the OR Secretary of State and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving an Oregon LLC name and more.
How to appoint an Oregon Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching for Oregon 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 Oregon rules. Includes details of Employee Identification Numbers (EINs), Oregon and federal business licenses, Oregon Annual Reports and more.
How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Oregon government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Oregon taxes like sales tax and income tax.