Incorporate In Louisiana

Possibly the most exotic state, Louisiana enjoys a multicultural and multilingual heritage because of the French, Spanish, African and Native American cultures that have blended since the 17th Century.

Oil and natural gas reserves can be found abundantly, and tourism plays a big part in the state’s economy, especially in New Orleans.

Benefits of incorporating in Louisiana:

Protection of personal assets

When incorporating in the Louisiana, foreign entrepreneurs should feel confident knowing that their personal assets are protected. Corporations and limited liability companies separate the assets and liabilities of companies from the personal assets of the business owner.

Enhanced credibility

Whether starting a new business or incorporating an existing one, incorporation makes a business appear more credible to potential customers, suppliers and investors. You also have the security of operating under US law.

Ability to Open a Bank Account

In many instances, forming a company is the first step for a non US resident to open a bank account. A US bank account gives businesses access to a debit card, and the potential to open a merchant service account. Internet commerce is made much easier with a US bank account because companies like PayPal, Amazon and EBay considers you more qualified as a vendor.

Your corporate name can boost your brand

Louisiana requires that a C corporation or an LLC must not have a name that is the same or could be confused with a business already in existence. To make sure your business name is eligible Inc. Plan can help you choose a unique C corp or LLC name. A unique corporate name enhances your company’s reputation and also helps protect the identity of your brand.

Tax flexibility and benefits

The type of business entity you choose to incorporate in the State of Louisiana determines the nature of the taxes your company will be subject to. C corps are assessed taxes based on the net income of the business and LLCs will be subjected to taxes based on its members personal income return.

Residency Requirements

The state requires both C-Corps and LLCs to have a Louisiana registered agent and office if they want to conduct eligible businesses here. Before your firm can operate legally in Louisiana make sure you possess all the required business licenses, permits, and tax registrations. If you need assistance, Inc. Plan can help you meet compliance requirements and also provide qualified registered agent service.

Other incorporating requirements

Corporations and LLCs in Louisiana must have at least one owner/member. There are not any age restrictions on who can own and operate a corporation or LLC. The names and addresses of the owners of corporations do not need to be listed in filing documents with the state. LLCs are required to list the names and addresses of its members in the initial report at the time of incorporation.

Requirements for forming an LLC in Louisiana:

When forming a Limited Liability Company certain steps must be taken to keep the business in compliance on an ongoing basis.

Name requirements for LLCs

LLC names are allowed to end with the terms “Limited Liability Company”, “Limited Company” or the abbreviations “LC”, “LLC” and “L.L.C.”. Names including terms regarding banking, loans, insurance, savings, architecture and engineering, need approval from the Office of Financial Institutions. Any use of the words “State” or “Security” is prohibited.

LLC filing requirements

If you decide to incorporate an LLC in Louisiana, then the report you are required to file is called Articles of Organization. Additionally, Louisiana-based LLCs are required to submit an initial report at the time of incorporation.

Required information for the Articles of Organization

The name and address of a registered agent which resides in Louisiana, and which is available to manage legal and tax business documentation must be included in the initial report. For more help with the incorporation filing or for registered agent services contact Inc. Plan (USA).

LLC taxes and fees

Louisiana LLCs are taxed based on the personal income of the controlling members. However, LLCs can choose to be taxed as partnerships or C corporations. LLCs that elect to be taxed as C corporations will also be subject to a franchise tax.

Requirements for forming a C corporation in Louisiana:

Each of the 50 American states has its requirements for incorporating. The essential requirements for C corporations established in Louisiana are as follow:

Name requirements for C corporations

The organization names allowed in Louisiana must include the terms “Corporation”, “Incorporated” or “Limited”, along with their abbreviations. The designations “Company” or “Co.” are allowed if they are not preceded by “and” or “&”. However, any names including terms regarding banking, loans, insurance, savings, architecture and engineering need approval from the Office of Financial Institutions. Any use of the words “State” or “Security” is prohibited.

Filing requirements in Louisiana

In order to form a corporation in Louisiana entrepreneurs must file Articles of Incorporation with the state. A report of incorporation must be filed in the county of incorporation with the initial filing. The state also requires an annual report which must be submitted on the anniversary date of incorporation.

Required information for the Article of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation must list of the company’s authorized shares along with their par value. The name and address of a registered agent with a physical Louisiana address must also be listed but in the initial report. Inc. Plan (USA) can help you with the necessary filings and also with finding qualified registered agent service.

Taxes and fees requirements

The state imposes a corporate income tax on net income at a rate varying from 4%-8% depending on the business’ annual taxable revenue. Additionally, C corps must pay a franchise tax due on the first day of the taxable year. The franchise tax is calculated based on the share stock, undivided profits, borrowed capital and surplus.

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