Should you put a comma in your LLC name or leave it out? It’s personal preference. Both are acceptable in all 50 states.
None of the 50 states have rules/restrictions about whether or not you have to use a comma.
Which do you think looks better?
ABC Widgets, LLC or ABC Widgets LLC?
Again, it’s totally up to you.
The more traditional and commonly seen is the comma (ABC Widgets, LLC). And by more commonly seen, I mean with-the-comma LLCs encompass over 80% of registered LLCs in most states.
I’ve seen countless arguments for both cases.
An Illinois tax professional mentioned, “Your LLC’s name looks better with the comma.”
Then I heard another expert say, “The more contemporary way is to not use a comma.”
Ahhh man, who cares. Do whatever the hell you want! ;-)
One thing to make note of though…
Your LLC’s Legal Name
Whether you use a comma or not in your LLC name, it doesn’t matter.
What does matter though is that you stay consistent. If you choose a comma, then make sure to use it on all paperwork and contracts for your business.
The way in which your Secretary of State accepts/approves the LLC becomes its official legal name and you’ll need to stick with it.
Banking & Checks for Your LLC
As an FYI, if your company (ABC Widgets, LLC) gets checks, the bank will accept all iterations:
- ABC Widgets, LLC
- ABC Widgets LLC
- ABC Widgets
The bank is more laid back. They just want that money ;)
For more information on what makes an LLC name unique and distinguishable: Choosing your LLC name.