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How to Start an LLC in Oregon

Oregon is bordered by the Pacific Ocean. 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 Setting up Your Oregon Company

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.

Review Information from the Oregon Secretary of State

The Oregon Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Oregon. Check out additional resources below. These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Oregon. You’ll find other useful information below.

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.

What to Do After Forming 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:

Naming Your Oregon LLC

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

Oregon Registered Agents for LLCs

How to appoint a 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.

Fees and Requirements for Oregon LLCs

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 Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), Oregon and federal business licenses, annual reports and more.

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your Oregon LLC

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.

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