Start a Business in Virginia
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Starting a business in Virginia can and should be easier than you think. You file simple forms with the State Corporation Commission, and your business is formed! Obviously there’s a few more things than that, but if you’d like to start your own business yourself, you will find it easy to hire us as your registered agent and you’ll find all the forms you could file to start a business in Virginia, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in Virginia.
How to Start a Business in Virginia
You file articles of incorporation for a Virginia corporation or articles of organization for a Virginia LLC with the VA State Corporation Commission.
You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Virginia showing your approved Virginia business.
Opening a business banking account under your new Virginia business name should be easy with these two items.
If you’re going to have employees or need to withhold sales tax, you will probably need to register with the VA department of revenue. We provide all these links in your online account.
If your business trade requires a license, you’ll have to apply for a license with the Virginia licensing board. (Most businesses don’t.) But if you do, these quick links and contact details are in your online account. Some local cities or counties have a general license, but most don’t. You obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.
If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.
If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.
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If you want to start a business in Virginia yourself, you can just hire us as your Virginia registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the Virginia LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate a Virginia corporation or form a Virginia LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Virginia registered agent service.START YOUR VIRGINIA BUSINESS TODAY
If you want a corporation, you file Virginia Articles of Incorporation:
The Virginia articles of incorporation cost $75. There are additional fees if you have more than $25,000 shares.
We custom draft your Virginia articles of incorporation when you hire Northwest to start your Virginia business.
The basic requirements of Virginia corporations are:
- The Virginia corporation must have a corporate ending such as incorporated, corporation or an abbreviation thereof.
- The number of shares the Virginia corporation is authorized to issue.
- You don’t have to list a purpose or duration in your Virginia articles of incorporation.
- The name of the registered agent in Virginia and the registered office address.
- The name and address of the directors of the Virginia corporation.
- The name and signature of the Virginia incorporator(s).
Virginia does not require original signatures on new VA corporation filings. The filing is returned to your VA registered agent unless you specify a different address.
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If you want a LLC, you file Virginia Articles of Organization:
To form a Virginia LLC, file articles of organization and pay the $100 fee.
The basic requirements of Virginia LLC filings are:
- The business name must have a limited liability company ending or variation of it such as LLC, L.L.C.
- The Virginia business name must be different than already registered Virginia businesses.
- Virginia limited liability companies do not need to state a LLC purpose or duration.
- The Virginia registered agent and the registered office address.
- The names and addresses of members/managers are not required
- The VA LLC organizers name and signature.
Virginia does not require original signatures on new VA LLC filings. The filing is returned to the Virginia registered agent unless you specify a different address.