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North Dakota 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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Advantages of an LLC:

  • LLCs are easy to set up and maintain
  • Members are typically not liable for the debts of the LLC
  • Income and losses can be passed through to members as in a sole proprietorship or partnership
  • LLCs do not have the same corporate formalities as a corporation
  • An LLC has a flexible management and ownership structure

North Dakota Specific Filing Requirements:

  • North Dakota requires that Limited Liability Companies in the state designate themselves as such by including the words 'limited liability company', or the abbreviation 'L.L.C.' or 'LLC' in their business name.
  • LLCs must name a registered agent in their Articles of Organization. There is a list of commercial registered agents registered in North Dakota that can be accessed through the Secretary of State's website. Alternatively, an LLC can choose a non-commercial registered agent, which can be any individual living in North Dakota or a company registered to do business in North Dakota. In either case, they must have a physical street address - P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.
  • Foreign Limited Liability Companies can register to do business in North Dakota by filing a Certificate of Authority Foreign Limited Liability Company Application with the secretary of state. They also must provide a Certificate of Good Standing/Existence from their state of origin, and pay a fee. If an LLC's name does not meet the requirements set out by the state, or it is currently being used by another business, Foreign LLCs can register for a Trade Name to use in North Dakota.
  • Generally filings are completed within 8 weeks* at the state level, however with rush filing it takes about 3-4 weeks*.

Incorporate In North Dakota

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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 Dakota 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 Dakota Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within the state of North Dakota.
  • The state generally completes filings within 8 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 3-4 weeks*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

North Dakota 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 Dakota

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Reasons to file an North Dakota 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 Dakota Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within North Dakota.
  • The state generally completes filings within 8 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 3-4 weeks*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

North Dakota 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 Dakota

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Reasons to file an North Dakota 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 Dakota Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within North Dakota.
  • The state generally completes filings within 8 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 3-4 weeks*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

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State Information:

North Dakota is the 19th most extensive, but the 3rd least populous and the 4th least densely populated of the 50 United States. The state capitol is located in Bismarck and the largest city is Fargo. For more than a decade, the state has had a strong economy, with unemployment lower than the national average and strong job and population growth. Much of the growth has been based on development of the Bakken oil shale fields in the western part of the state. The state has also seen strong economic growth in the technology and service sectors. Agriculture is the largest industry in North Dakota, although petroleum and food processing are also major industries.

The economy of North Dakota had a gross domestic product of $24 billion in 2005. The per capita income in 2006 was $33,034, ranked 29th in the nation. North Dakota is also the only state with a state owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota in Bismarck, and a state owned flourmill, the North Dakota Mill and Elevator in Grand Forks. As of September 2010, the state's unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation at 3.7%[43] and it has not touched 5 percent since 1987. At end of 2010, the state per capita income was ranked 17th in the nation, the biggest increase of any state in a decade from rank 38th. The reduction in the unemployment rate and growth in per capita income is attributable to the oil boom in the state. Click here to learn more about starting a business in North Dakota.

*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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