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LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 23rd largest population in the United States, Alabama services both large and small businesses. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Alabama's business services.

If you want to incorporate or form an LLC in Alabama, we can form your new company with the Alabama Secretary of State. For other Alabama businesses, we offer services like "Doing Business As" (DBA) names and Employer Identification Number applications. We can also help you identify common business licensing requirements for virtually any of Alabama's 67 counties or numerous cities and towns.

Forming an LLC in Alabama

Each state has its own set of requirements for businesses that plan on forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) there. If you decide to form an LLC in Alabama, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Organization with the Alabama Secretary of State. We can also take care of many of your company's follow-up needs, including annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Alabama's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Alabama's standards.

Permitted designations: Alabama LLC names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • L.L.C.
  • LLC
  • Limited Liability Company

Filing Requirements

Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in Alabama must file Articles of Organization. Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of this filing for you.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for forming an LLC in Alabama is 6-8 weeks. Expedited filings, which require an additional fee, typically take 4-5 weeks.

Follow-up filing: Required. A privilege tax return is required to be filed within 2 1/2 months after formation.

Annual Reports

Frequency of filing: Annually

Time to file: LLCs must file their privilege tax return between January 1 and April 15.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 3-5 business days.

Signatures: Only a manager or member may sign. Emailed or faxed signatures are not accepted.

Filing extensions: Permitted. Extensions are good for six months and must be applied for prior to the original due date.

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