When you form an LLC (or Corporation), it is registered and created at the state level. You can choose to form an LLC in any state, regardless of your state of residency.
When you have business activity that clearly occurs in a specific state, you are said to have “nexus” in that state. If your LLC has nexus in a state, it will probably need to register itself in that state and pay any applicable taxes for doing business there. An LLC is a pass-through entity, meaning it is designed to have zero taxation because income taxes are paid by the LLC owner(s) on their tax return. Unfortunately, some states have created franchise and/or excise taxes that can be costly.
If you are starting an internet business (or any other business that doesn’t create nexus in a specific state) you can choose to form your LLC in a state [Read more…]