LLC Ohio

Here is an important step you need and must to follow to form an LLC in Ohio. You should also understand and read the general section on forming an LLC for information that is applicable in any state.



LLC Ohio

Forming an LLC in Ohio

1. Check the availability for company name

• Check the avaiality for company name which you have chosen. Ohio law requires that an LLC name contain the words "limited liability company" or one of the following abbreviations: "LLC," "L.L.C.", "limited," "ltd.," or "ltd". Additionally, your business name must be distinguishable from other names on file with the Secretary of State (limited exceptions apply). Please see section on choosing and checking the availability of a name for your small business, as well as our section on the trademark law aspects of choosing a name.

• The Secretary of State's website has suggest and links to help for checking the availability of your desired business name.

• Although you are not essential to do so, think registering your business name as a federal and/or state trademark.

2. Execute an operating agreement

• The operating agreement does not need to be filed with the state. Ohio does not require an operating agreement in order to form an LLC, but executing one is highly suitable. There is no pre set criteria or method for the content of an operating agreement, but it typically includes topics such as how meetings are conducted, how the company will be managed, what capital contributions are required from each member, and how profits and losses will be allocated.

3. Prepare and file articles of organization

• The filing fee is $125. Note that the company's registered agent for service of process must sign this form in the Original Appointment of Agent section.

4. Regulatory Obligations

• As a small business owner or employer, there may be other informational returns that you have to file annually or semi-annually with the IRS. For more information, take a look at the IRS Guide To Information Returns. Request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. This can be done via its online application. There is no filing fee. If you have an employee or employees in Ohio, you need to register for Ohio employment taxes using the Ohio Business Gateway. Whenever you hire an employee in Ohio, you must inform both the IRS and the State of Ohio. You can find details of all the necessary steps, including verifying work eligibility and withholding allowances, on the Hiring Employees section of the IRS website. You can find state-level information on reporting new hires at the Ohio New Hire Reporting Center. If you have an employee or employees in Ohio, you need to obtain workers’ compensation coverage or be granted the privilege of self-insurance for liabilities. The Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation administers the program.



5. Open a bank account

• It is a good idea to keep your business's finances separate from your personal accounts. A good way to do this early on is by opening a bank account for your business. You will probably need a Tax ID number (EIN), a copy of the articles of organization, and a resolution identifying authorized signers if those names are not listed in the articles.








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