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North Carolina LLC

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When you file an LLC ( Limited Liability Company ) with the secretary of state, you gain the advantages of limited liability for the entity's debts and obligations. An LLC combines aspects of partnerships and corporations, so it is less formal and more flexible than a typical corporation, yet offers protection and advantages that are almost the same.

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File an LLC in North Carolina

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Advantages of an LLC:

  • Limited Liability: Owners of a LLC have the liability protection of a corporation. A 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.

North Carolina Specific Filing Requirements:

  • All Limited Liability Companies registered to do business in North Carolina must have business names that end with 'limited liability company', 'L.L.C.', 'ltd. liability co.', 'limited liability co.', or 'ltd. liability company'.
  • North Carolina requires all LLCs that do business in the state to name a registered agent. The agent can be either an individual living in the state, or a company registered to do business in North Carolina. Unlike many states, North Carolina allows registered agents to designate a P.O. Box if they choose, but they still must have a registered office in the state.
  • LLCs formed outside of North Carolina can register to do business in the state provided they file an Application for Certificate of Authority For Limited Liability Company with the Secretary of state by mail, pay a fee, and present a certificate of good standing/existence from their home state. If a Foreign LLC's name is not available in North Carolina, they may adopt a fictitious business name for use in the state.
  • Generally filings are completed within 1-2 weeks* at the state level, however with rush filing it takes about 1 week*.

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Business owners most commonly form a corporation to protect their personal assets from their business liabilities. A correctly structured corporation allows owners, directors & officers to manage and run the business without worrying that they could potentially lose their home, car and personal savings due to business obligations or debts.

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Reasons to file a North Carolina Corporation:

  • Separate yourself from the business and reduce your personal liability.
  • Potential tax benefits not offered to Sole Proprietors & Partnerships.
  • A C-Corporation has no limit on shareholders.
  • Shareholders are not required to be United States Citizens in a C-Corporation.
  • More professional business structure in the eyes of consumers.

North Carolina Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within the state of North Carolina.
  • The state generally completes filings within 1-2 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 1 week*.
  • Director information is not required on the Articles of Incorporation.

North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation

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Business owners most commonly form a corporation to protect their personal assets from their business liabilities. A correctly structured corporation allows owners, directors & officers to manage and run the business without worrying that they could potentially lose their home, car and personal savings due to business obligations

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File a Non-Profit Corporation in North Carolina

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Reasons to file an North Carolina Non profit Corporation:

  • A 501(c) organization, also known as a "non-profit", is an American tax-exempt non-profit organization.
  • There is a deduction, for federal income tax purposes, for some donors who make charitable contributions to most types of 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • There are 28 types of non-profit organizations that are exempt from some federal income taxes.
  • When becoming a non-profit, you first must become incorporated as one in your state. Then the corporation can apply for the tax exempt status.
  • To accept money or donations for a qualifying entity (such as churches, charities & civic leagues), a nonprofit entity should be filed.

North Carolina Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within North Carolina.
  • Generally filings are completed within null at the state level.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

North Carolina Professional Corporation

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If a corporation will be engaging in what your state might call professional services, then a "Professional Corporation" must be formed pursuant to certain statutory provisions. 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 North Carolina

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Reasons to file an North Carolina Professional Corporation:

  • Professional corporations (abbreviated as PC or P.C.) are corporate entities that are required by licensing boards, for such professionals as attorneys, architects, engineers, public accountants and physicians.
  • Legal regulations applying to professional corporations typically differ in important ways from other corporations.
  • Professional corporations may exist as part of a larger, corporate entity. For example, a law firm or medical practice might be organized as a partnership of several or many professional corporations.

North Carolina Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within North Carolina.
  • The state generally completes filings within 1-2 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 1 week*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

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State Information:

North Carolina has recently become a tad more business-friendly as its state-levied sales tax fell from 5.25% down to 4.75%. The state also taxes corporations at a flat rate of 6.75% and, while there are states with lower corporate rates, the flat tax approach does simplify the tax code and has the potential to attract high-earners. North Carolina also uses its community college system to help train would-be entrepreneurs on the basics regarding starting a business, paying taxes, filing payroll, and hiring new employees.

Business Link North Carolina, a state-run, free to use small business resource, also offers one-on-one counseling services and can connect small business owners with sources of funding. This strong system of support for new businesses means that any newly minted entrepreneur will feel at home in North Carolina. Click here to learn more about starting a business in North Carolina.

*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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