Vermont

LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the second smallest population in the United States, Vermont still services both large and small businesses. Vermont's major industries include tourism, quarrying, and manufacturing. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Vermont's business services.

Forming a corporation in Vermont

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Vermont, 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 Vermont 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 Vermont's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Vermont requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any registered or reserved name or any entity or trade name. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Vermont's standards.

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

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

Restricted designations: The use of certain words and phrases in corporate names is considered "restricted" in Vermont, meaning they require special approval by the state. These include:

  • Bank
  • Insurance

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 Vermont requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Vermont is 7-10 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations are required to have three officers if there are three or more shareholders, two directors if there are two shareholders and one director if there is one shareholder. Corporations are also required to have a president and a secretary.

Director qualifications: The articles of incorporation may prescribe the qualifications of the director. Directors are not required to be a resident of Vermont or a shareholder in the corporation.

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

Vermont requires that a corporation's principal office be located inside the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual reports with the Vermont Secretary of State 2 1/2 months after the end of the corporation's fiscal year.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is between 7 and 10 business days.

Signatures: Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted, but only on the form provided by the state.

Filing extensions: Filing extensions are permitted.

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Forming an LLC in Vermont

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 Vermont, 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 Vermont 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 Vermont's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

Vermont requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can't be confused with any other reserved, registered, entity or trade name. When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we?ll research your company name to make sure it meets Vermont's standards.

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

  • L.C.
  • L.L.C.
  • LC
  • LLC
  • LTD. Liability Company
  • Limited Company
  • Limited Liability Co.
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Ltd. Liability Co.

Restricted words: The use of certain words in LLC names is "restricted" in Vermont, meaning special approval by the state is required. These include:

  • Bank
  • Insurance

Filing Requirements

Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in Vermont 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 Vermont is 7-10 business days.

Follow-up filing: Not required.

Managers/Members Information

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

Principal Office Location

Vermont permits an LLC's principal office to be located outside of the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: LLCs must file their annual report with the Vermont Secretary of State 2 1/2 months after the end of the company's fiscal year.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 7-10 business days.

Signatures: Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

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Get Vermont 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 Vermont:

  • Trucking License
  • Nurse Agency License
  • Public Utilities License

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