Why Create a Vermont LLC?
The state of Vermont offers numerous funding and incentive opportunities, provided that your LLC meets specific criteria. For example, if you start a business in specific Vermont industries, you may qualify for the Vermont Training Program. This program may enable some companies to qualify for grants of up to 50% of their training costs, supporting their employees with quality training either in-house or through an external organization.
Creating a Vermont limited liability company (LLC) is typically the fastest and easiest way to start a business. Ideal for startups and small to medium-sized businesses, an LLC is a business entity capable of granting you the advantages and protections that larger Vermont corporations benefit from, but with more simplified rules and regulations.
Benefits of starting a Vermont LLC:
Quick and simple creation, management, regulation, administration and compliance
File your taxes easily and discover potential advantages for tax treatment
Protect your personal assets from your business liability and debts
Low cost to file ($125)
Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure.
In this in-depth guide, you’ll find information on naming your LLC, the fees you’ll need to pay, getting a Registered Agent, Vermont business taxes and much more. We’ll also go over what information you'll need to register and file your LLC and how you'll correspond with the Vermont Secretary of State (SOS).
How to Form an LLC in Vermont Yourself in 6 Steps
Complete a Vermont LLC Search and Choose a Unique Business Name
You’ll need a name for your LLC that is not used by any other business in the state, but still remains distinctive and original. You can brainstorm name ideas using Incfile’s Business Name Generator if you’re having trouble coming up with a name. You'll also need to follow a few naming rules, which you can read about in detail on the Vermont Business Names page.
Once you’ve chosen a name, you’ll need to make sure it’s available in Vermont. To find out whether another company in the state is using your chosen business name, use our tool to do a business name search. You can also discover this information from the state by carrying out a name search on the Vermont Secretary of State online database.
Provide an Official Business Address for Your LLC
Whether it’s an office building, a home (if the company is run from a residence) or any other physical location, every LLC in Vermont must have a designated street address. It can be outside the state, but it cannot be a P.O. Box.
Assign a Registered Agent
Someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and is responsible for filing reports with the Vermont Secretary of State is called a Registered Agent. Every LLC in Vermont is required to have a Registered Agent.
This position can be filled by you, another manager in your business or a dedicated Registered Agent service. If your Vermont Registered Agent is a person, they must have a physical street address in Vermont and must be present during business hours to receive important documents on behalf of your company. In Vermont, you appoint your Registered Agent when you file your Articles of Organization and formally create your business.
All of Incfile’s packages include a Registered Agent service. It’s free for the first year and just $119 per year after that. You can also log in to our dashboard and easily view any document we've received on your behalf.
File Your Articles of Organization with the Vermont Secretary of State
Once you've gathered all the information for your Vermont LLC, you’ll need to file articles of organization with the Vermont SOS.
Your Articles of Organization can be filed online with the Vermont Secretary of State Corporations Division, you can mail them to the Office of the Secretary of State, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf. Online filing is the preferred method of the Vermont SOS, and the turnaround time for creating your LLC is much quicker. To file by postal mail, you must complete the online filing process and then select this option. The Vermont LLC filing fee is $125.
File by Mail
Vermont Secretary of State
128 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-1104
You only need to file your Articles of Organization once, but every year after, you must file an annual report online. The fee for this, set by the Vermont SOS, is $35. Incfile can either remind you to do it, or we can do it for you.
What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Vermont?
Calendar Year: March 31
Finansal Year: Within 2½ months after end of fiscal year.
Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
You’ll need an EIN to identify your business to the IRS. You use this number when filing and paying taxes or when submitting payroll information and payments for your employees. An EIN is also required to open a business bank account. You can obtain one directly from the IRS, or Incfile can get one for you as part of the Vermont LLC formation process.
Create an Operating Agreement
An LLC Operating Agreement is a kind of “instruction manual” that explains how you’ll run your business and details how decisions will be made, how the business is divided among members and what will happen if a member leaves the company.
Some states require that a company have this document in place. You're not legally required to have a Vermont LLC Operating Agreement, but it’s a good idea to have one regardless.
Other Vermont LLC Types
Different from professional corporations, Professional Limited Liability Companies (PLLCs) typically have licensing requirements applicable to certain fields, such as law and medicine. In order to form a PLLC, you may need a state license to practice.
The state doesn't make a distinction between a Vermont PLLC and a standard LLC. Instead, they'll allow an LLC that renders professional services to register as a standard LLC.
Learn more about PLLC vs. LLC and which one is right for your business.