As a prosperous, ideally located state in the Eastern United States, Pennsylvania is a great place to start a business. It has a rich history as one of the original 13 founding states of the US and being where the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were drafted. Pennsylvania is among the top 10 most prosperous states in the nation and is home to some of the biggest insurance and financial businesses, in addition to 50 Fortune 500 companies.
If you want to start your own business in Pennsylvania, one of the best ways to do so is by forming a Pennsylvania LLC . Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Pennsylvania makes forming an LLC easy and inexpensive. LLCs are great for small and medium businesses because they give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations — without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities. Let’s start by looking at the advantages of Forming a Pennsylvania LLC.
Pennsylvania LLCs have several benefits for business owners.
A Pennsylvania LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), where your office is located or any physical address of your preference — even outside of Pennsylvania. It cannot be a PO Box.
Every Pennsylvania LLC must have a "Registered Agent." In small businesses the Registered Agent is sometimes the same person as the founder, owner or operational manager if they meet all the criteria. The Registered Agent in a Pennsylvania LLC is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
At Incfile, all of our packages include a "Registered Agent" service free for the first year and $119 per year thereafter. This is a service unique to Incfile. We also have a dashboard you can login to and easily view any document your Registered Agent has received on your behalf.
Your Pennsylvania LLC members are the people who own and run the business. They will be the individuals who withdraw profits from the business to pay themselves. Pennsylvania requires you to list the names and addresses of all managers or members when you register the Pennsylvania LLC. You can register these addresses as street addresses or PO Boxes. If you are the sole owner, operator and manager of your LLC, then you are the only member.
Once you've gathered all the information together for your LLC, you’ll need to file formal documents with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Filing a Certificate of Organization and a Docketing Statement creates your Pennsylvania LLC. You can do this online or download a PDF, fill it out and mail it in. Here at Incfile we can file your Certificate of Organization and Docketing Statement on your behalf with the Department of State for Pennsylvania and create your LLC.
Pennsylvania LLCs aren’t required to have an operating agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons. Your operating agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas. If your LLC has multiple members, it's essential to have an Operating Agreement. Learn how to create your operating agreement.
Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you Create Your LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the Certificate of Organization or Certificate of Organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free Registered Agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help to start an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.
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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.
Frequency: Decennially in years ending with the number "1" (2021, 2031, etc.)
Due: Any time during the reporting year.
*The decennial filing is only required if no other filings (agent changes, amendments, etc.) have been submitted to the state during that 10 year period.
Filing Fee: $70
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