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How to Form an LLC in Tennessee

How to Form an LLC in TennesseeA Tennessee 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 Tennessee is simple. Search your Tennessee LLC name in the state database, designate your Registered Agent, file your LLC Articles of Organization and pay the state filing fee ($300).

After your Tennessee LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement, obtain a Federal Tax ID Number, and file your Annual Report.

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

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

Need to save time? Hire a professional to form your LLC in Tennessee:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
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6 Comments

  1. Mike May 3, 2018

    Greetings Matt, thank you for all the great info on here,
    Do we have to register with the department of revenue after opening the Tennessee LLC & obtaining EIN even though we’re not in retail & won’t be collecting any sales tax ?
    Thank you!

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    • Matt Horwitz May 16, 2018

      Hey Mike, you’re very welcome. You’ll need to check with your accountant on this. Taxes and registrations vary so widely by location and the type of business. Thanks for understanding.

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  2. Erick C May 26, 2018

    Mr. Matt,

    I’m trying to get more information on obtaining an LLC in the state of Tennessee. I live in Florida but I have rental properties in the state of Tennessee. What I’m trying to protect are my rental properties. Would an LLC be a good idea for me? How do I protect my rental homes? Currently my properties are being manage by a property company, can they advice me? Is there a benefit for me to get an LLC if I’m trying to protect my rentals? I file my rental properties on my personal taxes every year, how would that change? Could you recommend someone in Tennessee?

    Thanks for the information.

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    • Matt Horwitz June 17, 2018

      Hi Erick, we don’t have any recommendations specific to Tennessee, however, in regards to taxes, we recommend using the “knights of the roundtable” strategy mentioned here: how to find an accountant for my LLC. Forming an LLC will likely not effect how much you pay in taxes, but it’ll offer personal asset and liability protection. You would need to have the LLC exist in the state where the properties are located, since that’s where you’re doing business. You’ll need to title the properties in the LLC after the LLC(s) are formed. You could form 1 TN LLC to hold all properties, multiple TN LLCs for each property, or you could form a parent LLC (say in Wyoming – for charging order protection) and then have the WY LLC own the TN LLC(s). There are a lot of ways to go about it. Hope that helps paint an overview.

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  3. Elena October 10, 2018

    Hi Matt,

    I am wanting to file a single-member LLC. I will be making food products to be sold locally to friends, fair kiosks, and online which will reach diverse customers from different parts of the US and Canada.

    Background: I am a military spouse. My driver license is registered in Washington State. I currently live in Tennessee because it is where my spouse was ordered to go. We might be living in TN for 2.5 to 3 years depending on where we are ordered to go next.

    Question:
    1. Do I file in Tennessee where I currently live or in Washington where my driver license is registered?
    2. How will filing in TN or WA affect taxes?

    Thanks in advance,
    Elena

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    • Matt Horwitz October 25, 2018

      Hi Elena, where do you currently file state taxes? Do you plan keeping the Washington driver’s license? Do you think you’ll head back to Washington after your time in Tennessee?

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