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Indiana LLC Articles of OrganizationA lot goes into the conception and planning of a new business. It is the Articles 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 and address of the Indiana LLC
  • Name, address, and email address of the registered agent
  • Date of dissolution (if applicable)
  • The name(s) and signature(s) of the organizer(s)

Second, the cost of filing the Articles of Organization is $97.14 (online) or $100 (hard copy), so have a credit card or check ready to go.

Finally, processing time varies depending on which option you choose. If you’re in a hurry, consider the online option which will process within an hour. Standard processing (hardcopy) will take three to five business days.

 

Filing Options

When filing the Articles of Organization, use one of the three methods below.

Online

In order to file the application online, you will need to first set up an account with INBIZ.

Mail or In Person

Applications and payments can be sent or delivered in person to the following address:

Secretary of State

Business Services Division

302 W. Washington St. Room E-018

Indianapolis, IN  46204

 

Want Help Filing Your Articles 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 creation 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 Indiana Secretary of State Business Services Division. They will contact you when the Articles of Organization have 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.

Taxes

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.

Some LLCs are required to register with the Department of Revenue. This includes businesses that:

Finally, an LLC may need to file and pay a local tax to a city, municipality, or county.

Licensing

In addition to business registration explained above, a professional license may be needed before a business can begin operations.

The State of Indiana requires a professional license for a number of occupations. To determine if your LLC will need a professional license, visit the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Requirements and fees vary according to the license.

Reporting

After an LLC is formed, a business entity report must be filed with the state of Indiana every two years. As a reminder, the Secretary of State will mail a notice. The report must be filed within the anniversary month, or month that the LLC was formed.

The report can be filed online or through hard copy. The report form for both methods can be accessed here. If mailing or delivering in person use the following address:

Secretary of State

Business Services Division

302 W. Washington St. Room E-018

Indianapolis, IN  46204

The online filing fee is $32, and processing will take approximately one hour. The hard copy processing fee is $50, and processing will take between three and five business days.