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Alabama LLC

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One of the distinct advantages of filing an LLC (limited liability company) with the Secretary of State of Alabama is the limitation on personal liability for the entity's debts and obligations. An LLC blends the advantages of both partnerships and corporations - offering the protections that are afforded by corporations, with the simplicity of a partnership.

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File an LLC in Alabama

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Advantages of an LLC:

  • Limited Liability: Owners of an LLC have the liability protection of a corporation. An LLC exists as a separate entity much like a corporation. Members cannot be held personally liable for debts unless they have signed a personal guarantee.
  • Flexible Profit Distribution: Limited liability companies can select varying forms of distribution of profits. Unlike a common partnership where the split is 50-50, LLC have much more flexibility.
  • No Minutes: Corporations are required to keep formal minutes, have meetings, and record resolutions. The LLC business structure requires no corporate minutes or resolutions and is easier to operate.
  • Flow Through Taxation: All your business losses, profits, and expenses flow through the company to the individual members. You avoid the double taxation of paying corporate tax and individual tax. Generally, this will be a tax advantage, but circumstances can favor a corporate tax structure.

Alabama Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Alabama requires that LLCs file their Certificate of Formation with the Office of the Judge of Probate, rather than with the Secretary of State, and the Judge collects the filing fee for the Secretary of State.
  • Out-of-state companies looking to file for an LLC in Alabama must file a Foreign Limited Liability Company Application for Registration with the Secretary of State, and pay an extra fee.
  • Limited Liability Companies in Alabama are required to keep records in their primary office of the names and addresses of all members, copies of all tax returns and reports for the last three years, copies of any financial reports from the last three years, and copies of all effective operating agreements.
  • Generally filings are completed within 4-5 weeks* at the state level, however with rush filing it takes about 3-4 weeks*.

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For business owners who are seeking the ultimate in personal asset protection, a corporation offers significant insulation from personal liability. Of the various types of businesses, a corporation is designed to limit the worry that comes with managing an operation that may potentially accrue debt. When structured properly, a corporation provides owners, directors, and officers with true peace of mind, by protecting personal assets like homes, cars, and personal savings.

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File a Corporation in Alabama

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Reasons to file a Alabama Corporation:

  • Provide a level of separation between yourself and the business, which reduces your personal liability.
  • Take advantage of the potential tax benefits not available to sole proprietorships & Partnerships.
  • C-Corporations have no limit on the number of shareholders.
  • Shareholders are not required to be United States Citizens in a C-Corporation. This adds flexibility when seeking capital.
  • Corporations are generally considered as a more professional business in the eye of the consumer.

Alabama Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Alabama does not require a business address located within Alabama.
  • Generally, most filings are completed within 4-5 weeks* at the state level, however with rush filing it takes about 3-4 weeks*.
  • Alabama requires the specific company name to be reserved prior to filing.
  • Articles of Incorporation must contain director information.

Alabama Non-Profit Corporation

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A common reason why business owners form non-profit corporations is to ensure adequate protection for their personal assets and to create a separation from their business liabilities. A properly formed and registered corporation allows owners, directors, & officers to manage and run the business without worrying that company debts will affect their personal finances.

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File a Non-Profit Corporation in Alabama

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Reasons to file an Alabama Non-profit Corporation - 501(c):

  • A federal tax deduction exists for many donors who make charitable contributions to a qualifying 501(c)(3) organization.
  • There are 28 separate types of non-profit organizations that are exempt from some federal income taxes.
  • Your corporation may be able to file for tax-exempt status, but you must first become incorporated in the state.
  • To properly accept money or donations for a qualifying entity (such as a church, charity, or civic league), a nonprofit entity should be filed.

Alabama Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Alabama does not require a business address located within the state of Alabama.
  • Generally filings are completed within 4-5 weeks* at the state level,however, however, rush filing is available which can reduce the turnaround time to 3-4 weeks*.
  • Articles of Incorporation must contain Director information.

Alabama Professional Corporation

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If a corporation intends to engage in the commonly accepted definition of "professional services," then a "Professional Corporation" must be formed pursuant to certain statutory rules. Professional services, according to most states, usually cover businesses that offer medical, legal, accounting and financial services, among others. professional services according to most states usually consists of services like medical services, legal services, accounting and financial services etc.

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File a Professional Corporation in Alabama

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Reasons to file an Alabama Professional Corporation:

  • Professional corporation formation (abbreviated as PC or P.C.) may be required by licensing boards that cover professional workers such as attorneys, architects, engineers, public accountants and physicians.
  • The legal regulations that apply to most professional corporations may differ when compared to other corporations.
  • Professional corporations are frequently formed as part of a larger corporate entity. For example, a law firm or medical practice might be organized as a partnership comprised of several professional corporations.

Alabama Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Alabama does not require a business address located within the state.
  • Generally filings are completed within 4-5 weeks* at the state level, but rush filing is available, which can take 3-4 weeks*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

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State Information:

The Alabama District Office offers financial assistance for new and existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders. Free counseling, advice and information on starting, better operating or expanding a small business is also available through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Small Business Development Centers.

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*State filing turn around times are subject to change without notice. Times listed on our site are accurate at the time of our last update.


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