How to Register a Florida LLC

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In order to register a Florida Limited Liability Company (LLC), appropriate documents must be filed with the Florida Department of State's office. In addition, a Florida LLC must register with the IRS to receive a federal tax ID (EIN) number. A Florida LLC must register with the proper state and local agencies in order to obtain permits and licenses. This is a mandatory step before a Florida LLC can legally operate.

File articles of organization with the Florida Department of State's office. Fill-in-the- blank articles of organization may be obtained on the Florida Department of State's website (http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/registration.html). In other instances, articles of organization may be obtained in person or by mail. Create an available business name (one that is not registered to another company). As explained on the Citizens Media Law Project website (http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/florida/forming-LLC-florida), the name of a Florida LLC must contain the words "limited liability company." Include the name and address of an adult or business that will accept legal documents on behalf of the Florida LLC. As of 2010, it costs $125 to file articles of organization in Florida. Articles of organization may be submitted electronically via the Florida Department of State's website. Articles of organization may also be mailed to the Division of Corporations Corporate Filings, P.O. Box 6327, Tallahassee, FL 32314.

Request a federal tax ID number. A Florida LLC may obtain a federal tax ID on the IRS website, by mail, over the telephone or by fax. Log onto the IRS website (http://www.IRS.gov/) and provide information such as the name and address of the Florida LLC, as well as the nature of the business. Florida LLCs that apply by telephone or online will receive a federal tax ID number for immediate business use. You may also download Form SS-4 from the IRS website. This allows you to apply by fax or mail. The IRS may take up to four weeks to process Form SS-4 by mail. If you apply by fax, you will receive a federal tax ID number by fax within four business days, as long as you provide a return fax number.

Register for Florida business taxes with the Florida Department of Revenue. The tax licenses required by a Florida LLC will vary, depending on the nature of the business. For example, a Florida LLC engaged in selling goods to the public must obtain a seller's permit, as well as a sales and use tax license. Florida LLCs may register for business taxes on the Florida Department of Revenue website. When applying, supply information such as the name and physical address of your Florida LLC, as well as the date of the Florida LLC’s organization. Provide the Florida LLC’s federal tax ID number and the social security numbers, telephone numbers and addresses of all of the Florida LLC owners.

Register for local permits and licenses. All Florida LLCs must obtain a general business license from the city or county where they operate. The local licenses and permits your Florida LLC will need to obtain will depend on the nature of the business. For example, Florida LLCs that operate in certain locations may be required to obtain zoning permits from the cities or counties where they operate. On the other hand, a home-based Florida LLC may not need a zoning permit. Call the city or county clerk's office where your Florida LLC operates to ensure your company has all its necessary local permits and licenses.

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