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Starting an LLC in Washington State

Washington State is a region located in the far northwest of the continental U.S. Over half of the state’s population lives in and around the Seattle area. The state combines centers of business and industry with beautiful landscapes and welcoming people.

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

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

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

How to Start a Washington State LLC in Six Quick Steps

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

Additional Information from the Washington Secretary of State

The Secretary of State has plenty of other information on forming and running a business in Washington. You’ll find other useful information below:

Special Types of Washington LLCs

A regular Washington 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 Washington LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Washington? 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.

More Information About Washington LLCs

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

Naming Your Washington LLC

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

Washington Registered Agents for LLCs

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

Fees and Requirements for Washington LLCs

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

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your Washington LLC

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

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