Louisiana LLC

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How to Form an LLC in Louisiana

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This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Louisiana.

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Louisiana LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $100 (one-time fee)
LLC annual report: $35 (every year)

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How to Form an LLC in LouisianaA Louisiana Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

An LLC can be used to operate a business, or an LLC can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Forming an LLC in Louisiana just takes a few steps. Search your Louisiana LLC name in the state database and select your Registered Agent.

File your Articles of Organization with the Louisiana Secretary of State and wait for your LLC to be approved.

You can file your LLC by mail or online. In both cases, the filing fee is $100. If you file your LLC by mail, the approval time is 3-7 business days (unless you pay $30 extra for expediting). If you file your LLC online, the approval time is 1-2 business days.

Note: If your LLC is located in one of these parishes, you can’t file by mail (it’ll be rejected). You must file your LLC online.

After your Louisiana LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement and get your Federal Tax ID Number (aka EIN) from the IRS.

In order to keep your Louisiana LLC in compliance, you need to file an LLC Annual Report each year. The fee is $30 and the report can be filed by mail or online.

We’ve created a free course that will walk you through forming your own Louisiana LLC, step-by-step.

On desktop, the lessons are listed on your right. On mobile, the lessons are listed at the bottom of the page.

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Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Forming an LLC shouldn't be so complicated. Our step-by-step guide will make the process a breeze – and no complex legal jargon! LLC University® teaches people how to form an LLC for free in all 50 states. We hope you find our free guides and resources helpful in your business journey.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

6 Comments

  1. Fay Raborn February 19, 2017

    Can checks bought in Raborn Electrical Services be used as Raborn Electrical Services LLC?

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    • Matt Horwitz February 20, 2017

      Most likely the bank will still accept them, but you’ll need to call to double-check. Each bank is different… sometimes different branches handle things differently. However, certain places you send checks (ex: government, taxes, etc.) need the entity name to match exactly. Some organizations may reject your check. To be safe, probably best to order new checks with the exact LLC name. Hope that helps.

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  2. Kimberly Cagle April 10, 2018

    Matt

    I live in Texas and a good friend of mine is starting a business in Louisiana and he is putting me on as manager because he just has a mother aged 92 no children and my question is I mean if something were to happen to him I don’t want to be liable for anything that could effect me financially because I am a single widow. He just wanted me to be able to do whatever I want to with it in case of his death but if it had to be dissolved at some point and not making money I don’t want the responsibility of having to put out a penny on it. I work for a living and he does not work. Its a drop shipping business.
    Any advice would be appreciated I am not signing anything for business loans either.

    Sincerely

    Kimberly

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    • Matt Horwitz April 11, 2018

      Hi Kimberly, the word “Manager” in the context of LLCs has a very specific meaning (see Member-Managed LLC vs Manager-Managed LLC). I’m not sure if he means that type of “manager”, or just loosely referring to a higher-up position as an employee or independent contractor. The potential liability comes down to the state’s laws regarding LLC Managers, the agreements you put in place, and any other applicable state statutes. I’d recommend two things… first, your tone sounds like you’re not sure if you want to be a part of this business, so I’d revisit your gut/intuition and see how that feels. If you decide to proceed, I recommend speaking with a lawyer (or a few) ahead of time to fully understand the situation and then during the setup and documentation of the LLC as to reduce your risk and liability. Hope that helps.

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  3. PQ February 17, 2019

    Hi Matt,

    I just wanted to thank you for your excellent, comprehensive content, and to commend you for your very professional and principled approach to these sorts of complex questions.

    I’ll be make a donation in due course.

    PQ

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    • Matt Horwitz February 18, 2019

      PQ, you’re very welcome :) Thank you for the awesome comment!

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