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Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island Specific Filing Requirements:

  • Rhode Island law requires that all Limited Liability Companies have a name that includes either 'limited liability company' or the upper or lower case letters 'l.l.c.' with or without punctuation. A preliminary name check can be completed by searching the Name Availability Database, or by calling the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State's office.
  • The Articles of Organization must name a registered agent with a physical, street address in Rhode Island. The agent can be a resident of the state, a domestic business, or a foreign company registered to do business in Rhode Island. The Articles of Organization also require the LLC to disclose how it intends to be treated for federal taxation purposes.
  • Foreign Limited Liability Companies that would like to do business in Rhode Island must file an Application for Registration with the Secretary of State by mail. They must also pay a fee, have a business name that abides by all of Rhode Island's regulations, name a registered agent within Rhode Island, and provide a certificate of good standing/legal existence from their home state that is no more than sixty days old.
  • Generally filings are completed within 3-5 business days* at the state level.

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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 Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within the state of Rhode Island.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3-5 business days*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island

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Reasons to file an Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within Rhode Island.
  • Generally filings are completed within 3-5 business days* at the state level.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island

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Reasons to file an Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within Rhode Island.
  • Generally filings are completed within 3-5 business days* at the state level.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

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State Information:

The Rhode Island economy had a colonial base in fishing. For a while, Rhode Island was one of the leaders in textiles and the textile industry still constitutes a part of the Rhode Island economy. Other important industries in Rhode Island's past included toolmaking, costume jewelry and silverware.

An interesting by-product of Rhode Island's industrial history is the number of abandoned factories ,many of them now being used for condominiums, museums, offices, and low-income and elderly housing. Today, much of the economy of Rhode Island is based in services, particularly healthcare and education, and still to some extent, manufacturing. Health services are Rhode Island's largest industry. Second is tourism, supporting 39,000 jobs. The third-largest industry is manufacturing, which include costume jewelry, fabricated metal products, electrical equipment, machinery, shipbuilding and boatbuilding. Rhode Island's agricultural outputs are nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products and eggs.

Rhode Island had a recent income tax overhaul that has made Rhode Island competitive with other New England states by lowering its maximum tax rate to 5.99%. Click here to learn more about starting a business in Rhode Island.

*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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