How To Fill Out The Louisiana Articles of Organization
The Louisiana Articles of Organization is the official document filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State to establish a Limited Liability Company (LLC). After the filing is approved by the state, the business can officially begin operating and register for the necessary business licenses and permits.
Depending on the parish where the LLC will be located, online filing may be the only option. LLCs with a registered office address in the Ascension, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Livingston, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, or Terrebonne parish will have to file the online application.
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Let’s go over how to fill out the LLC Articles of Organization in Louisiana. To get started, visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.
Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC
The first step in filling out the Louisiana Operating Agreement is to pick a business name.
There are a few requirements when choosing a Louisiana LLC name.
1. The name of your LLC must not be too similar to the name of another business entity already registered with the state of Louisiana. You can verify name availability by doing a Louisiana LLC name search with the Louisiana Secretary of State to be sure the LLC name is available.
2. The name of the LLC must include one of the following entity identifiers at the end of the business name:
– Limited Liability Company
Enter the LLC name including the identifier to continue. If you choose a name that is taken, the Secretary of State will return your application.
Step 2: Enter the LLC’s Purpose
This section is asking for information regarding the business activities of the LLC.
The first option lists “Engaging in any lawful activity for which limited liability companies can be formed”. The other option is to enter specific information about what the business does.
It’s usually recommended to stay with the more general option because if a specific business activity is entered and the business changes course later, an additional filing will be needed to revise the Articles of Organization.
Step 3: Choose the Duration of the LLC
The duration section of the Articles of Organization allows the members to choose a specific date the LLC will close.
Most LLCs will select perpetual as there isn’t a set end date in mind for the business, which is more common for investment-related entities.
If there is a predetermined date the LLC will close, enter the date here.
Step 4: Include Any Additional Provisions
This is an optional section should additional information regarding the regulation of the LLC needs to be included.
Step 5: Sign the Articles of Organization
Sign and date the Articles of Organization, and send the LLC filing fee. Additionally, a notary will also need to sign the document.
You’ve filed your Louisiana LLC Articles of Organization! Now what?
After the LLC is officially filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State, there are a few additional things to follow up on. Below is a list of some of the tasks to consider.
File the Initial Report
An initial report must be filed along with the Articles of Organization. In this form, you will need to provide:
- Legal name of the LLC
- Physical street address of the LLC’s registered office (PO Boxes aren’t allowed)
- Name and address of the Louisiana Registered Agent
- Name and address of the LLC Members
Prepare a Louisiana LLC Operating Agreement
The operating agreement is an internal document that covers items like ownership rights, profit and loss distribution, member responsibilities, and more.
Louisiana las RS 12:1319 states that an LLC Operating Agreement is optional. Despite the Operating Agreement not being required, it is recommended to have one as it can help to prevent disputes among members and protect the LLC’s legal status.
Obtain an EIN
The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The EIN will be needed before filing business tax returns, opening a bank account, hiring employees, registering for business licenses and permits, and more.
Related: How to Apply for an EIN