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How to Start an LLC in South Dakota

Located in the Midwest U.S., South Dakota is a beautiful but sparsely populated state. Retail, healthcare and finance are all major industries, in addition to tourism and agriculture.

If you want to start your own business in South Dakota, one of the best ways to do so is by forming a South Dakota LLC. Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. South Dakota LLCs give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.

Briefly, the benefits of starting a South Dakota 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 South Dakota LLC
  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for tax treatment

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

Six Quick Steps to Forming an LLC in South Dakota

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

Review Information from the South Dakota Secretary of State

The Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in South Dakota. These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in South Dakota. You’ll find other useful information below:

Special Types of South Dakota LLCs

A regular South Dakota 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 South Dakota LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in South Dakota? 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 South Dakota LLC

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

Naming Your South Dakota LLC

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

South Dakota Registered Agents for Your LLC

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

Fees and Requirements for Your South Dakota LLC

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

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your South Dakota LLC

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

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