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How to Start an LLC in Rhode Island

Located in New England, Rhode Island is the smallest of all the states in the U.S. Called the Ocean State, RI is known for its maritime history and a large proportion of inlets and waterways. Major economies in the state include textiles, healthcare, education, manufacturing, banking and tourism.

For most business owners, the fastest and easiest way to start a business in Rhode Island is by creating a Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island corporations, but with much simpler rules and regulations.

Briefly, the benefits of starting a Rhode Island LLC include:

  • Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
  • Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulation and administration of your Rhode Island LLC
  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for your tax treatment

Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.

Six Quick Steps to Forming an LLC in Rhode Island

We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in RI. On this page, you’ll find the basic steps of how to form a Rhode Island LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.

Review Information from the Rhode Island Secretary of State

The Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Rhode Island.

These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Rhode Island. You’ll find other useful information below.

Special Types of Rhode Island LLCs

A regular Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Rhode Island? 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 Rhode Island LLC

You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:

Naming Your Rhode Island LLC

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

Rhode Island Registered Agents

How to appoint a Rhode Island Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching for Rhode Island Registered Agents.

Fees and Requirements for Rhode Island LLCs

How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Rhode Island rules. Includes details of Employee Identification Numbers (EINs), Rhode Island and federal business licenses, Rhode Island annual reports and more.

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your Rhode Island LLC

How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Rhode Island government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment and Rhode Island taxes like sales tax and income tax.

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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.

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