Washington LLC can be formed by filing the Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of State. The certificate must incldue the LLC’s name and address, the registered agent’s name, signature, and address, whether its existence term is perpetual or limited, and the managment structure of the LLC.
Washington law requires an LLC name to contain the words “Limited Liability Company”, “Limited Liability Co.”, “LLC”, or “L.L.C.”. The name must be distinguishable and not similar to the names of other business entities already registered and on file with the Washington Secretary of State. The Washington Secretary of State Corporation Search can be used to check for name availability. A name reservation can only be filed by mail.
What is an LLC?
LLC refers to a Limited Liability Company, and it is organized by business owners. They have fewer corporate formalities and can be taxed by the IRS as a sole proprietorship, S corporation, or C corporation.
Each state has different requirements and regulations regarding the formation of an LLC. Business owners should check with state laws when considering forming an LLC.
Owners of LLCs are known as members, they can be individuals, corporations, other LLCs, or foreign entities. There is no limit on the number of members an LLC can have. In most states, “single-member” LLCs are allowed, where there is only one owner involved in managing the LLC.
The IRS will treat the LLC as a corporation, partnership, or included in the LLC owners personal tax return. A domestic LLC with at least two members is classified as a partnership for federal income tax purposes unless they file Form 8832 and elect to be treated as a corporation.
LLCs carry tax advantages over other forms of business such as limited partnerships. The owners of an LLC do not assume personal liability for business debt, and any losses of the LLC can be used as tax deductions against active income.
An LLC can be formed through the state business formation process or consulting with LegalZoom.