Indiana

LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 15th largest population in the United States, Indiana services both large and small businesses. Indiana's major industries include manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Indiana's business services.

Forming a Corporation in Indiana

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Indiana, 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 Incorporation with the Indiana Secretary of State. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Indiana's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Indiana requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any corporate, not-for-profit, LLC, LP, reserved, registered or fictitious names. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Indiana's standards.

Permitted designations: Indiana corporate names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Filing Requirements

Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of your incorporation filing for you. This information is presented only for your reference.

Required documents: The state of Indiana requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Indiana is 2-3 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations are required to have one or more directors.

Director qualifications: The Articles of Incorporation and bylaws can prescribe qualifications for directors. A director does not have to be a resident of Indiana or a stockholder unless so prescribed by the articles or bylaws.

Appearance in articles: Not required. Directors' names and addresses do not have to appear in the Articles of Incorporation.

Written consent: Permitted. Directors may act in writing in lieu of holding a meeting.

Principal office location

Indiana permits a corporation's principal office to be located outside of the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file a biennial Business Entity Report with the Indiana Secretary of State during the month that marks the anniversary of incorporation.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 1 to 8 hours.

Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign biennial reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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Forming an LLC in Indiana

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 Indiana, 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 Indiana 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 Indiana's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

Indiana requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can't be confused with any corporate, not-for-profit, LLC, LP, fictitious, reserved or registered names. When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Indiana's standards.

Permitted designations: Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana is 2-3 business days.

Follow-up filing: Not required.

Managers/Members Information

Minimum number: LLCs are required to have one or more managers/members.

Annual Reports

Frequency of filing: Biennially (every other year).

Time to file: LLCs must file their business entity reports with the Indiana Secretary of State during the month that marks the anniversary of incorporation.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is one to eight hours.

Signatures: Only a manager or member may sign reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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Get Indiana Business Licenses

Before your business can legally begin to operate, you must satisfy its license, permit, and tax registration requirements. Almost all state, county, and local governments require businesses to obtain one or more licenses and permits. Additionally, selling taxable goods and services or hiring employees requires that you register with tax authorities. All business license, permit, and tax registration requirements vary by your industry and location.

Examples of possible licenses required in Indiana:

  • Solicitor License
  • Tax Registration
  • Finance License

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