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 six million people and is a major center of manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare. If you want to start your own business in Wisconsin, one of the best ways to do so is by forming an LLC.
Wisconsin Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Forming an LLC is fast, easy and inexpensive. LLCs offer many of the protections and advantages of large corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.
Let’s start by looking at the advantages of forming a Wisconsin LLC.
Advantages of Forming an LLC in Wisconsin
Wisconsin LLCs have several benefits for business owners.
Start your Wisconsin LLC in Six Steps
STEP 1: Name Your Wisconsin LLC
STEP 2: Provide the Address for Your New Wisconsin LLC
A Wisconsin LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), where your office is located or any physical address of your preference — even outside of Wisconsin. It can also be a P.O. Box.
STEP 3: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Wisconsin LLC
Every Wisconsin LLC must have a “Registered Agent.” That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated Registered Agent service. The Registered Agent in Wisconsin is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.
At Incfile, all of our packages include a Registered Agent service that is free for the first year and just $119 per year thereafter. We also have a dashboard where you can log in and easily view any document your Registered Agent has received on your behalf. Here are a few reasons you might want to appoint Incfile as your Registered Agent service:
STEP 4: You Should Provide Names and Addresses of all Wisconsin LLC Organizers
Your Wisconsin LLC organizers are the people who are setting the business up. Wisconsin requires you to list the names and addresses of all organizers when you register the Wisconsin LLC. You can register these addresses as street addresses or P.O. Boxes.
STEP 5: You Need to File Articles of Organization With the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
Once you've gathered all the information together for your LLC, you’ll need to file a formal document with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions to create your LLC. This document is known as your Articles of Organization, and filing it starts the process of creating your Wisconsin LLC. You can do this online, mail in a form or have Incfile do it on your behalf.
STEP 6: You Can Create a Wisconsin LLC Operating Agreement
Wisconsin LLCs aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons. Your Operating Agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, the rights and duties of members and several other key areas. Learn how to create your Operating Agreement here.
If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile will draft a general Operating Agreement within most of our online business formation packages. It can also be selected as an add-on option in our Silver package. This Operating Agreement will be a basic template that you can make changes to anytime you see fit.
You can find lots more useful information on how to form an LLC here. It answers questions like:
Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps on your behalf, such as filing the Articles of Organization. Our basic package also provides free Registered Agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help starting an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.
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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.
Due Date: Based on anniversary date
Domestic: Jan 1 – Mar 31: Mar 31
Apr 1 – Jun 30: Jun 30
Jul 1 – Sep 30: Sep 30
Oct 1 – Dec 31: Dec 31
Foreign: During first calendar quarter of each year following calendar year in the LLC becomes registered.
Filing Fee: $26
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