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How to Start an LLC in Louisiana

To start an LLC in Louisiana you must file Articles of Organization with the Louisiana Commercial Division, pay a $100 filing fee, and get an EIN from the IRS. The complete steps to forming a Louisiana LLC are as follows:

  1. File Louisiana LLC Articles of Organization and Initial Report
  2. Pay the Louisiana Commercial Division $100
  3. Wait to receive your Certificate of Organization
  4. Get a Federal EIN tax ID for the LLC
  5. Create a Louisiana LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Take these documents to the bank and get a Louisiana LLC bank account

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How to File Louisiana LLC Articles of Organization

To form a Louisiana LLC, you file the LLC Articles of Organization in the following steps:
Step 1 Choose a name for your new LLC
Step 2 Choose how long you’d like your LLC to exist
Step 3 Decide if you want to hire a registered agent service to minimize public disclosures
Step 4 Decide who you will list publicly as the members and managers
Step 5 File online and pay $105 ($155 expedited) or mail your notarized forms to the Commercial Division (PO Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125) and pay $100

How Long Does it Take to Start a Louisiana LLC?

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Fast and Easy (2 days)

Hire Northwest, fill out a brief questionnaire and sit back. Let our Corporate Guides file everything online correctly the first time.

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Fast and Not Even Remotely Easy (2 days)

File on your own using geauxBIZ, the state’s online filing system. Filing online is supposed to be easier and simpler than mail, right? Not for Louisiana filings. If you file online yourself, you’ll be directed through a huge process, as geauxBIZ tries to combine tax registration and Workforce Commission registration together with your business registration. You don’t actually have to complete these other registrations at the same time that you file your Articles, but many people find the whole process confusing.

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Archaic (3-7 days)

Filing by mail is certainly easier than filing online—but you’ll need your documents notarized AND the processing time is slower.

What is the Cost of a Louisiana LLC?

The state filing fee is $100. If you file online, there’s a $5 credit card processing fee and an optional $50 fee for 2-day expediting.

Or, skip the whole filing process entirely and hire us to file online for you. When you hire Northwest, your total out-the-door cost is $380, including all the above fees and a full year of registered agent service.

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How much does an LLC in Louisiana cost each year?

The filing fee for the Louisiana LLC Annual Report is $30 ($35 online).

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What are the Louisiana LLC taxes?

The Louisiana personal net income tax rates for single filers are:

2%: $0 to $12,499
4%: $12,500 to $49,999
6%: $50,000+

The state sales tax is 4.45%. Cities and parishes, however, can stack on additional local sales taxes (for those not from the Pelican State, Louisiana has parishes, not counties). The average total sales tax is a staggering 9.45%—the second highest in the US.

Is a Louisiana LLC Registered Agent Required?

Yes, you are required by law to have a Louisiana registered agent. You can be your own registered agent if you plan to stay in your office all the time and don’t mind your address becoming a part of the permanent public record for your LLC. If you’d prefer a little more freedom and a lot less junk mail, hire a registered agent service like Northwest Registered Agent. We’ll be available to accept your legal notifications so you can focus on running your business. Our address will go on your Articles, so you don’t have to worry about address updates, spam, or unwanted visitors on your doorstep.

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Louisiana LLC Versus Louisiana Corporation:

The filing fee for starting a Louisiana corporation ($75) is a little cheaper than the fee for starting an LLC ($100). Beyond that, however, annual fees are the same. Both corporations and LLCs shell out $30 a year for annual reports. Taxes are difficult to compare as both business types can choose different tax elections. LLCs, for example, can choose to be taxed as S or even C corporations.

Other than costs, the other key difference between LLCs and corporations is how they operate. Many small business owners opt for an LLC because they’re pretty straightforward. There’s no requirement for higher level management, like managers or directors. Members can self-manage. There are also fewer formalities, such as no requirement for annual meetings. Corporations are bit more complicated—you’ll need to authorize stock and appoint directors and officers, for example. Interested in a corporation? Here is information on Louisiana incorporation.

Do I Need a Tax ID Number (FEIN) for a Louisiana LLC?

Pretty much every Louisiana LLC will need a federal tax ID. You’ll need your FEIN before you can register with Louisiana’s Department of Revenue—so if your LLC has to file any state taxes, like sales taxes, you’ll need a FEIN. On the federal level, you’re required to get a FEIN if you have employees or file certain federal excise taxes (like Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns). Getting a FEIN is free if you apply directly from the IRS website. Or, hire Northwest to apply for you when sign up for our formation services.

Does a Louisiana LLC Need a Business License?

There’s no statewide general business license, but you may need a local business license from your city or parish. Orleans Parish, for example, requires an Occupational or General Business License for all businesses operating in the parish.

What is a Louisiana LLC Annual Report?

Every year, you have to file a Louisiana LLC Annual Report to update the state on your LLC’s ownership and contact information. There’s no avoiding this $30 a year fee. While there’s no late fee penalty, the state will dissolve your LLC or revoke your registration after three years of delinquency. At Northwest, we’ll help you remember to file by sending you report reminders. You can even hire us to file your report for you each year, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Does a Louisiana LLC Need an Operating Agreement?

You don’t submit your operating agreement to the Secretary of State, and there’s no law specifically requiring you to have one—but of course you should have an operating agreement. Not only is it expected—banks, investors, members, managers, and partners will all ask to see your operating agreement—but an operating agreement puts into writing how your business really works. It lists how much each member invested, how profits and losses are allocated, and what happens if you shut it all down. Business is as unpredictable as Louisiana weather—and when the storms come (and storms always come eventually), you want to be prepared.

When you hire us to form your Louisiana LLC, you get an operating agreement specific to your company’s management style. We include an operating agreement because it’s important—it’s your LLC’s most critical internal document. We want your business to stay in business—it’s a point of pride for us, as are our forms. We’ve spent years refining and improving our operating agreements, resolutions and other free online forms. We were the first website to hand out free LLC forms online, and our forms have been used by over a million LLCs to help form and maintain their businesses.

 

Louisiana LLC Articles of Organization and Initial Report Requirements:

Requirements

Louisiana requires both Articles of Organization and an Initial Report to be submitted together. The requirements below are spread out over both documents. If filing online, you also have the option of including additional tax information so that you can register with the state tax and employment departments.

Company Name

Your name must include “Limited Liability Company,” “LLC” or “LC.” Most businesses go with “LLC.”

Purpose

You can either tick the box with the general purpose that says your business is formed for “engaging in any lawful activity,” or you can choose to limit your LLC’s activities. Most businesses go for the general purpose.

Duration

Most LLCs don’t have a set expiration date—they continue unless they are dissolved. If you’d like to include a self-destruct timer for your LLC, however, you can include an end date in your Articles.

Registered Office

This Louisiana street address will become a part of the permanent record for your LLC. When you hire Northwest, our address will go here.

Registered Agent

You can list either an individual person or a business that offers registered agent service. Northwest Registered Agent offers expert registered agent service—it’s even in our name!

LLC Management

If your LLC is managed by its members, you’ll include the names and addresses of the members. If your LLC is managed by managers, you’ll include the names and addresses of the managers.

Louisiana LLC Organizer

Two people need to sign your Articles: your registered agent and your organizer. An organizer is just the person filling out and submitting your Articles. It doesn’t actually have to be anyone in the LLC. When you hire Northwest, we’ll be your organizer. (If you sign up online, your organizer electronically signs, and your registered agent will confirm their position by replying to an email auto-generated when submitting your Articles.)

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