How to File Oregon LLC Articles of Organization
A 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 details:
- The name and address of the Oregon LLC
- The name and address of the registered agent
- Whether the LLC is managed by a member(s) or manager(s)
- The names and addresses of the member(s) and manager(s)
- The name and address of one authorized representative
- The name(s), address(es), and signature(s) of the organizer(s)
- The address to which notices should be sent
- The duration of the LLC
- A description of the professional LLC if applicable
- A contact name and telephone number
Second, the cost of filing the Articles of Organization is $100, 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 in one to three hours. Delivering in person is another quick option; processing is completed while you wait. If submitting through USPS, the processing time is five to seven business days. When delivering through Fed Ex or UPS, same-day processing is offered.
When filing the Articles of Organization, use one of the four methods below.
In order to complete an online application, you will need to first set up an account on the Oregon Business Directory if you haven’t already done so.
Hard Copy Filing
The application and payment can be mailed, sent by express mail courier, or delivered in person to the following address:
Secretary of State
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327
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 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 Oregon Secretary of State. 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.
(Next Steps) After LLC Registration
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 some states, Oregon does not require LLCs to pay a franchise or privilege tax. In addition, Oregon does not have a sales or use tax.
If your LLC has employees, you will need to pay a withholding tax and contribute to unemployment insurance. In order to do both of these things, you will need to first apply for a Business Identification Number. This can be done online with the Oregon Business Directory or by submitting a Combined Employer’s Registration form.
Finally, an LLC may need to file and pay a local tax to a city, municipality, or county.
State licenses and permits, including a professional license, may be required before a business can begin operations.
For a list of required licenses and permits necessary in the state of Oregon, begin by checking the Business Express License Search on the Secretary of State website. Requirements and fees will vary according to the license. You can also visit the Licenses page at Oregon.gov.
Licenses and permits may also be required on the local level. Check the website of the local municipality where your LLC will be located.
After an LLC is formed, an annual report must be filed with the state of Oregon by the anniversary date of the LLC’s formation. A renewal notice will be sent from the Secretary of State’s office about 45 days prior to the filing deadline. The filing fee is $100.
In order to file, access your Oregon Business Registry account. From there, you can either file online or complete the application online, print it, and submit by mail or in person.
If submitting through USPS, the processing time is five to seven business days. When delivering through Fed Ex or USPS, same-day processing is offered. When delivering in person, processing will be completed while you wait. Online processing is completed in one to three hours.