If you want to form an LLC in Pennsylvania, there are certain forms, requirements and legalities you need to get in place. Below is a rundown of what you’ll need to do, together with details on each form required for your Pennsylvania LLC. Some of these forms you only need to submit once, while others must be filed on a regular basis. You will need to set reminders in your calendar to file forms regularly if you're filing yourself — if you file with a service such as Incfile, we'll take care of form renewals for you.
The Certificate of Organization and Docketing Statement are the formal documents filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State to create your LLC. They state certain information about your business. Once the documents are filed with the Department of State, they legally create your business as an LLC in Pennsylvania. Here’s what’s typically included:
Here at Incfile we automatically create and file your Certificate of Organization and Docketing Statement when you start your business with us. You only need to file these documents once. There is a fee levied by the Department of State of Pennsylvania to cover your filing. The fee is currently $125.
In Pennsylvania certain professions can form “Professional LLCs.” These are companies providing defined, professional services, and they typically need to be specially licensed. In Pennsylvania, businesses engaged in the following activities are considered professional service organizations and must be properly licensed and regulated.
Further information is available from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State website.
Incfile provides a complete Business License Research Package that will tell you all of the licenses and permits necessary for your new professional LLC.
Depending on the type of Pennsylvania business you’re running, you will need to obtain various business licenses and permits.
Various cities in Pennsylvania have slightly different rules and fees for permits and licenses. Check with your local Pennsylvania city administration to see what their rules are. You will need a separate permit or license for each city your Pennsylvania LLC operates in.
Depending on the type of business you are running, you may need to get additional permits and licenses from the city, county or state of Pennsylvania. You can get an idea of the types of permits and licenses you might need from the State of Pennsylvania website.
Depending on the type of Pennsylvania business you are running, you may need to get licenses and permits from the federal government and various national agencies. You can find a complete list on the US Small Business Administration website.
You will need to pay licensing and permit fees on a regular basis depending on the type of business you are operating and where you are located. These do vary from city to city and industry to industry. If you don’t want to do the legwork yourself, we provide a complete Business License Research Package that will tell you all of the licenses and permits for your new LLC. It includes:
You will need to file for various different types of tax registration including Unemployment Compensation tax, State Income Tax Withholding, and Sales tax. Certain industries may also have to pay other taxes. You can find out all about Pennsylvania taxes and how to file for them on the Revenue Services Center.
Setting up an LLC is easy, but actively managing one can be more complex. An operating agreement defines how your business works and ensures all the founders, owners, members or managers have a common understanding. An operating agreement normally covers areas including:
You are not required by Pennsylvania state or federal law to have an operating agreement for your LLC, but we recommend one for several reasons. An operating agreement:
Your operating agreement only needs to be created once and will need to be updated if significant changes are needed.
Unlike most states, you do not need to file an annual report in Pennsylvania — instead, businesses need to file a “Decennial Report” that is due every ten years. Decennial reports must be filed in any year that ends with the numeral “1.” Certain professional LLCs do need to file annually.
As you can see, there are several forms and permits you need to conduct business.
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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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