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Washington 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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The LLC has advantages over the subchapter "S" corporation to include the following:

  • LLC has no restriction on number of persons who may be stockholders; "S" corporations are limited to 35 stockholders;
  • LLC may have multiple classes of stock; an "S" corporation can have only one issue of stock;
  • LLC may own subsidiaries; an "S" corporation cannot own subsidiaries.

Washington Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The Washington Secretary of State requires that all business entities in the state include a designator in their name. For Limited Liability Companies, that designator can be 'Limited Liability Company', the words 'Limited Liability' and abbreviation 'Co.', or the abbreviation 'L.L.C.' or 'LLC.' If filing online, the name of a LLC, including its designator, can be no more than 120 characters.
  • Limited Liability Companies in Washington must designate a registered agent that is qualified by the Secretary of State to act in that role. Any individual or business entity that is a resident of Washington may act as a registered agent, provided that they have a physical address in the state. The registered agent must also sign the Articles of Organization.
  • A Foreign Limited Liability Company Registration can be filed by any out-of-state LLC that wants to do business in Washington. Foreign LLCs must also submit a certificate of good standing/existence that is no more than sixty days old.
  • The state generally completes filings within 1-2 weeks*.

Incorporate In Washington

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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 Washington 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.

Washington Specific Filing Requirements:

  • The state requires a business address located within the state of Washington.
  • The state generally completes filings within 1-2 weeks*, however with rush filing it takes about null*.
  • Director information is required on the Articles of Incorporation.

Washington 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 Washington

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Reasons to file an Washington 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.

Washington Specific Filing Requirements:

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

Washington 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 Washington

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Reasons to file an Washington 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.

Washington Specific Filing Requirements:

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

Washington did well in most publications reviews of good states to start a business and incorporate. However, it appears CEOs do not share this high opinion of Washington (ranked thirty-fourth on ChiefExecutive.net's "Best/Worse States for Business"). This is most likely a result of its reputation as a place with a high cost for doing business.

Although Washington can boast that it has no personal income or corporate tax, the state finds other ways to tax its populous making it expensive to do business. However, beyond these costs, Washington is still a good state start a business. As a leading state in technology and innovation and with an ample supply of educated laborers, Washington is a great destination to start a business in the "New Economy." Click here to learn more about starting a business in Washington.

*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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