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South 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 South 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.

South Carolina Specific Filing Requirements:

  • South Carolina requires that all Limited Liability Companies registered to do business in the state follow the end of its business name with 'limited liability company', 'limited company', or the abbreviation 'L.L.C.', 'LLC', 'L.C.', 'LC', or 'Ltd. Co.'
  • The Articles of Organization must name an 'initial agent for service of process,' commonly known as a registered agent. This agent can be any individual or business entity with a physical address in South Carolina.
  • South Carolina requires that two copies of the Articles of Organization be filed by post, along with a check made out to the secretary of state and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Every organizer listed in the Articles of Organization must also sign the document before sending it in.
  • Generally filings are completed within 3-4 weeks* at the state level, however with rush filing it takes about 2-3 weeks*.

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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 South 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.

South Carolina Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state requires a business address located within the state of South Carolina.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3-4 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 2-3 weeks*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

South 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 South Carolina

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Reasons to file an South 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.

South Carolina Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within South Carolina.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3-4 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 2-3 weeks*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

South 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 South Carolina

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Reasons to file an South 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.

South Carolina Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state does not require a business address located within South Carolina.
  • The state generally completes filings within 3-4 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about 2-3 weeks*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

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State Information:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, South Carolina's gross state product in current dollars was $97 billion in 1997, and $153 billion in 2007. Major agricultural outputs of the state are: tobacco, poultry, cattle, dairy products, soybeans, hay, rice, and swine. Industrial outputs include: textile goods, chemical products, paper products, machinery, automobiles and automotive products and tourism. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2012, South Carolina has 1,852,700 nonfarm jobs of which 12% are in manufacturing, 11.5% are in leisure and hospitality, 19% are in trade, transportation and utilities, and 11.8% are in education and health services. The service sector accounts for 83.7% of the South Carolina economy.

Many large corporations have moved their locations to South Carolina. South Carolina is a right-to-work state and many businesses utilize staffing agencies to temporarily fill positions. This labor force is very appealing to companies as they typically require lower wages, and there is no responsibility of maintaining healthcare benefits for its temporary employees. South Carolina also benefits from foreign investment. There are 1,950 foreign-owned firms operating in South Carolina employing almost 135,000 people. Click here to learn more about starting a business in South 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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