A lot goes into the conception and planning of a new business. It is the Certificate of Organization that make the LLC official. Being prepared before sitting down to complete the application will help you finish it efficiently.
First, have all of the required information handy. You will be asked for the following information:
- Name of the Idaho LLC
- Physical and mailing address of principal office
- Name and address of the registered agent
- Name and address of at least one governor (manager or member)
- Signature(s) of the organizer(s)
- Address for annual report notice
Second, the cost of filing the Certificate of Organization online is $100, so have a credit card or check ready to go. If you choose to file a hard copy, the cost is $120.
Finally, processing time is usually between three and five business days. Expedited processing time is 48 hours.
When filing the Certificate of Organization, use one of the three methods below.
The Secretary of State recommends online filing. For those who choose not to file online, an additional fee of $20 will be charged. In order to complete an online application, go to the SOSBiz page of the Secretary of State’s website. If you do not have an existing account, creating one is a one-time process and will enable you to complete a variety of tasks online.
In order to obtain a hard copy of the application, contact the office of the Secretary of State, (208)334-2301. The completed application, copy of the completed application, and payment can be sent to the following address:
Office of the Secretary of State
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720
Again, to obtain a hard copy of the application, contact the office of the Secretary of State at the telephone number listed above. The completed application, copy of the completed application, and payment can be submitted in person to the following address:
Office of the Secretary of State
450 N. 4th Street
Boise, ID 83720
Want Help Filing Your Certificate of Organization?
If you decide to use your time building your business rather than completing paperwork, but don’t want to spend the money on an attorney, an LLC formation service is a great compromise.
Lots of online incorporation services are out there but do vary in perks offered, processing times (theirs, not the state’s), and price.
In general, a service will collect and review your information, prepare the documents, and send them to the State of Idaho office of the Secretary of State. They will contact you when the Certificate of Organization has been filed.
One additional benefit offered by some services is a free year of registered agent service. Others offer order tracking or notifications of future legal requirements needed with the state.
After reviewing all the top LLC services available, we found IncFile and Northwest Registered Agent the best overall options. While neither of them have as high brand power as the industry giant, LegalZoom, both services have great customer support, prices and offer a free registered agent.
(Post Formation Checklist) After LLC Formation
After you have filed the formation documents with the state, it’s important not to overlook a few critical details.
On the federal level, most LLCs do not pay taxes directly to the government. Instead, they report income and losses on the owner’s personal 1040 tax returns. Schedule C is often used for reporting. Unless the LLC chooses to be taxed as a corporation, a single-member LLC is taxed as a Sole Proprietorship and a multi-member LLC is taxed as a Partnership.
Similarly, most LLCs will pay state tax on pass-through income via their personal income tax returns. The exception is if an election is made to tax the LLC as a corporation.
Unlike many other states, the state of Idaho does not place a tax or fee on LLCs for the privilege of doing business in the state.
If selling merchandise, your LLC may need to pay sales and use taxes. If your LLC is an employer, withholding and unemployment insurance taxes are required. In order to pay these taxes, you must first register for a permit. For more information on the taxes that apply to your LLC visit the Idaho State Tax Commission website.
Finally, an LLC may need to file and pay a local tax to a city, municipality, or county.
State and local licenses may be needed before a business can begin operations.
The State of Idaho requires a number of occupations and professions to obtain licenses. Visit the state’s website to determine if a professional license is required of your LLC. Requirements and fees vary according to the license.
In addition, licenses or permits may be required by the municipality or county where your LLC will be located. Contact your local government’s website to learn more.
After an LLC is formed, filing an annual report with the office of the Secretary of State is required. It is recommended that the report be completed online and is due at the end of the month in which your LLC was originally formed. An initial report (filed within first year of formation) is not required. When filed online, the annual report will process immediately. Unlike many states, there is no filing fee.
To file, go to the SOSBiz page of the Secretary of State’s website. If you do not have an existing account, creating one is a one-time process and will enable you to complete a variety of tasks online.
If you do choose to file a hard copy of the annual report, contact the office of the Secretary of State, (208)334-2301, in order to request one. The hard copy report will take approximately three to five days to process.
A notice of an upcoming due date for filing the annual report will be sent or emailed to the location provided on the Certificate of Organization. The notice will include an entity filing number and a pin number. Both are required for filing the report.
If filing is late, you will not be charged a fee. However, if the report is not filed within 60 days of the due date, your LLC is in risk of dissolution by the state.