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Ohio 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:

  • 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.

Ohio Specific Filing Requirements:

  • All Limited Liability Companies that do business in Ohio must include one of the following designators in their business name: 'limited liability company', 'limited', 'LLC', 'L.L.C.', 'ltd.' or 'ltd'.
  • Ohio requires that all Articles of Organization be filed with the secretary of state by mail, and provides the option to expedite the filing process by paying a fee. The Articles of Organization must also name a statutory agent. If the statutory agent is a resident of Ohio, they can elect to receive all documents via a P.O. Box. However, if the agent is a domestic business, or a foreign company licensed to do business in Ohio, then a physical street address must be provided. The statutory agent must also sign the Articles of Organization, affirming that they accept the position.
  • Limited Liability Companies that are formed outside of Ohio but want to do business in the state must file a Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company by mail with the secretary of state and pay a fee. Foreign LLCs are also responsible for searching the Ohio Business Name Database and ensuring their business name is in compliance with all Ohio regulation. If it is not, Foreign LLCs must file for a Trade Name.
  • Generally filings are completed within 3 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 Ohio 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.

Ohio Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state requires a business address located within the state of Ohio. A PO Box is not allowed.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 1 week*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Ohio 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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Reasons to file an Ohio 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.

Ohio Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within Ohio.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 1 week*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Ohio 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 Ohio

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Reasons to file an Ohio 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.

Ohio Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within Ohio.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3 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:

Ohio's geographic location has proven to be an asset for economic growth and expansion. Because Ohio links the Northeast to the Midwest, much cargo and business traffic passes through its borders along its well-developed highways. Ohio has the nation's 10th largest highway network, and is within a one-day drive of 50% of North America's population and 70% of North America's manufacturing capacity.

In 2010, Ohio was ranked No. 2 in the country for best business climate by Site Selection magazine, based on a business-activity database. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council ranked the state No. 10 for best business-friendly tax systems in their Business Tax Index 2009, including a top corporate tax and capital gains rate that were both ranked No. 6 at 1.9%. Ohio was ranked 11th by the Small Business Council of states with the most entrepreneur-friendly policies, according to their Small Business Survival Index 2009. Forbes ranked the state No. 8 for best regulatory environment in 2009. Click here to learn more about starting a business in Ohio.

*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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