Create an LLC in Texas

Creating an LLC in any state is relatively straightforward assuming you have the proper information. There are a few steps you need to take to do it properly, and some documents you'll need to share and sign with your partners, if applicable. This is a simple curation of everything you'll need. The cost to set up an LLC in Texas is $300. You can do it completely online, or you can go to your local County Clerk's office and take care of everything there. Personally, I think it's much easier to do it online, unless you have specific questions that you need answered.

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    Printable Employer Identification Number Form SS-4

    This is the printable version of the EIN form. If you don't want to submit it online, fill this out and send it in!<br><br>If you filled it out online, you don't need to send this in.&nbsp;

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    Understand your state tax obligations

    In addition to business taxes required by the federal government, you will have to pay some state and local taxes. Each state and locality has its own tax laws. The links on this page&nbsp;provide access to key resources that will help you learn about your state tax obligations.&nbsp;

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    Fill out your LLC Operating Agreement

    To simply obtain an LLC certification, this step is not 100% necessary. However, you should do this if you have any partners in the business outside of yourself. And,&nbsp;if you want to open a business bank account at most banks, this is a must.&nbsp;<br><br>What you'll see here is a template. You really need to read through it and create your own. This should be used simply as an example. Every situation will be different.&nbsp;

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    Ensure the domain name is available

    This isn't necessary. So, if this will confuse you, just skip over it completely. This isn't always the case, but if you're planning on creating a web business, you may want to make sure the domain is available.

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    Apply for Business Licenses and Permits

    In order to operate your business, you must comply with a wide range of local, state and federal rules. SBA's Business Licenses and Permits tool can help you navigate through this process.&nbsp;<br><br><span>While plying your trade, you may be required by the state to obtain a business license and/or permit. Regulations vary by industry, so it is important to acquire the correct license/permit.<br></span><br>This isn't always necessary depending on the business you're starting. It's always important to check if applicable.&nbsp;

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    Selecting A Business Structure - a little information

    Since you found your way to a toolset about forming an LLC, I'm assuming you've already made your decision on how you want to structure.<br><br>Just in case you want to learn more, read over this page. It explains the different business formations.&nbsp;

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    Fill out Form 205 - Certification of Formation for an LLC

    This is the form you need to fill out to register your LLC. If you want to do it online, you can register <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> (for free).&nbsp;Make sure you read the first 3 pages of instructions. If you've never filled this form out before, you might encounter some confusing wording.<br><br>Here are some important parts:&nbsp;<br><br>Choose a resident of Texas or another business registered in Texas as your LLC's registered agent. If you live in Texas, this person can be you! Basically, the registered agent is&nbsp;responsible for receiving official paperwork (e.g. any legal document)&nbsp;on your LLC's behalf. As a best practice, you should request written or emailed permission from the person or business and keep it on file. Enter the agent's name in the appropriate field on the document.&nbsp;<br><br>You need to determine&nbsp;if your LLC will be managed by an outside manager or if the members of the LLC will manage the LLC themselves. You'll find the&nbsp;appropriate box to input this information&nbsp;the "Governing Authority" section of Form 205. &nbsp;You must have at least one member or outside manager and they can be either individuals or organizations.<span><br><br>You can print this form out and mail it in with a $300 check enclosed, or you can submit it online.&nbsp;<br></span><br>

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    Make sure your business name is available in Texas

    This is a secure login page for the Texas Secretary of Sate website. You'll need to register with SOSdirect (fyi: SOS = secretary of state) in order to get past this page. The login is free - just enter your info.<br><br>You need to do this to make sure your business name isn't taken. Duplicates obviously can't happen within states. Here are some guidelines to follow when naming your company:&nbsp;<br><br>Your entity name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. Also the name cannot already be used by any registered business entity in the state.There are certain words which are restricted or prohibited from the use of names in the LLC. Restricted words are generally words which require additional appropriate paperwork and licensed individuals to be part of the LLC, such as Banc, Bank, Banque, Doctor, Engineer etc. Prohibited words are generally any words that would confuse the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency e.g. FBI, Secret Service, Treasury etc.

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    Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

    <span>The&nbsp;Employer Identification Number (EIN), or Federal Tax Identification Number, is used to identify a business entity. Basically, it's your company's social security number.&nbsp;<br><br></span>An EIN is required for the following:<br><ul><li>To open a bank account for the company</li><li>For federal and state tax purposes</li><li>To hire employees for the company</li></ul>If you don't want to file online, you can fil out this <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fss4.pdf">form</a>. Or, apply by phone: (800) 829-4933.

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