How To Fill Out The Ohio Articles of Organization
The Ohio Articles of Organization is the official document filed with the Ohio 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.
To file the Ohio Articles of Organization, you will need to submit the completed Form 610 Articles of Organization for a Domestic Limited Liability Company to the Ohio Secretary of State. The form can be completed and sent by mail or filed online.
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Let’s go over how to fill out the LLC Articles of Organization in Ohio. To get started, visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website to download the form.
Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC
The first step in filling out the Ohio Operating Agreement is to pick a business name.
There are a couple of requirements when choosing an Ohio 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 Ohio. You can verify name availability by doing an Ohio LLC name search with the Ohio 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: Choose an Effective Date
The effective date section is optional and provides a choice to delay the start date of the LLC for up to 90 days in the future.
Some will delay the effective date of the LLC if they aren’t ready to start the business, but want the filing out of the way or if they are close to the end of a calendar year.
By default, the effective date is the day the Secretary of State files the formation paperwork. Otherwise, enter a different start date.
Step 3: Enter the Purpose of the LLC
In this section, you can, but are not required to enter some basic information regarding the activities of the LLC.
If any information is provided, it is generally recommended to keep this statement somewhat generic so the Articles of Organization wouldn’t need to be amended should the business change.
Step 4: Appoint a Statutory Agent
One requirement to have an LLC in Ohio is to appoint an Ohio statutory agent (called a registered agent in many states). The registered agent is a party that is located in the state of Ohio that will receive important notices and service of process (which means to accept papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC. The address of the registered office must be a physical street address as a PO Box isn’t allowed.
Provided the LLC member lives in the state of Ohio, they may act as the statutory agent or the agent can be an adult resident of the state or statutory agent service.
Enter the agent’s name, address, and signature acknowledging their appointment as statutory agent for the LLC
Related: Should you be the statutory agent?
Step 5: Sign the Articles of Organization
At least one person will review the Articles of Organization and sign the document.
You’ve filed your Ohio LLC Articles of Organization! Now what?
After the LLC is officially filed with the Ohio Secretary of State, there are a few additional things to follow up on. Below is a list of some of the tasks to consider.
Prepare an Ohio LLC Operating Agreement
The operating agreement is an internal document that covers items like ownership rights, profit and loss distribution, member responsibilities, and more.
Ohio Statute § 1705.081 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