How to Form a LLC in Wisconsin

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The appropriate documents must be filed with the Wisconsin Secretary of State to form a limited liability company (LLC) in Wisconsin. In addition, an LLC in Wisconsin must register with the IRS as a condition of formation. A single person, or an unlimited number of members, may form an LLC in Wisconsin. As explained on the IRS website, a corporation, partnership, individual, foreign entity or another LLC may act as a member of a Wisconsin LLC.

Create an available business name. To form an LLC in Wisconsin, you must select a business name that isn't in use or held in reserve by another Wisconsin business entity. As explained on the American Incorporators website, the business name of an LLC in Wisconsin must contain the words "limited liability company" or the appropriate abbreviation. Conduct a business name availability search on the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions website.

Prepare articles of organization. The state of Wisconsin provides LLCs with a fill-in-the-blank articles-of-organization form. To form an LLC in Wisconsin, articles of organization must be obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions website, in person or by mail. Provide information such as the company name and address. Indicate the name and address of an adult or business that will accept legal documents for the Wisconsin LLC. The adult or business must maintain a physical residence in the state of Wisconsin.

File articles of organization with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. An LLC in Wisconsin may form by filing articles of organization on the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions website. Otherwise, a Wisconsin LLC may file articles of organization by mail or in person. As of 2010, an LLC in Wisconsin must pay $130 to file articles of organization on the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions website. It costs an LLC in Wisconsin $170 to file articles of organization in person or by mail.

Create an operating agreement. An LLC in Wisconsin must keep a copy of its written operating agreement on the business premises as opposed to filing it with the state. As explained on the Sun Document Filings website, the operating agreement of an LLC in Wisconsin may contain information such as ownership interests and capital contributions of its members. The operating agreement may also indicate company rules such as the manner in which credit will be obtained as well as how the company will enter into contracts.

Request a federal tax ID number from the IRS. An LLC in Wisconsin may get a federal tax ID number from the IRS via phone, fax, online or by mail. Log on to the IRS website or call (800) 829-4933 to receive a federal tax ID number for immediate business use. Form SS-4 may be downloaded and printed using the IRS website. An LLC in Wisconsin that applies by fax will receive a federal tax ID number within 4 business days. It may take the IRS up to 4 weeks to process mailed applications.

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