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How to Start a Wisconsin LLC

Located in the north central U.S., Wisconsin is a beautiful, geographically diverse state. It shares borders with Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan. The state is home to nearly 6 million people and is a major center of manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare.

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

Briefly, the benefits of starting an Wisconsin LLC include:

  • Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
  • Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulations and administration of your Wisconsin 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 Form an LLC in Wisconsin

We’ve got lots of useful information on starting a business in WI. On this page you’ll find the basic steps for forming a Wisconsin LLC, with more in-depth content throughout the rest of our guide.

Review Information from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions

The WI Department of Financial Institutions has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Wisconsin.

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

Special Types of Wisconsin LLCs

A regular Wisconsin 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 Setting up Your Wisconsin LLC

Want to know your next steps after registering a new LLC in Wisconsin? 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 Wisconsin LLC

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

Naming Your Wisconsin LLC

How to search the Wisconsin business registry of the WI Department of Financial Institutions and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Wisconsin LLC name and more.

Wisconsin Registered Agents for Your LLC

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

Fees and Requirements for Your Wisconsin LLC

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

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

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

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