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How to Form an LLC in California

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Read our DIY guide to California LLC formation, with information on Registered Agents, naming rules, business licenses and more.

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Why Start a California LLC?

The State of California offers a wide range of business incentives and tax credits to LLCs and other business entities that meet certain requirements. For example, the New Employment Credit offers tax credits to companies that hire qualified full-time employees within designated geographic areas.

For most people starting a business, a California limited liability company (LLC) is the easiest, fastest way to go. An ideal entity for startups and small- to medium-sized businesses, an LLC also gives you the advantages and protections of larger corporations, but with simpler rules and regulations.

If an LLC isn't the right entity for the type of business you're starting, you may want to consider forming a California Corporation instead.

Benefits of creating a California LLC:

  • Protects your personal assets from business debts and liability

  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for tax treatment

  • Simple filing, management, compliance, regulation and administration

  • $75 filing fee ($70 filing cost plus a $5 certified copy fee)

Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure.

In this guide, you’ll find information on naming your LLC, getting a Registered Agent, the fees you’ll need to pay, business taxes and much more. We also cover what you'll need to register and file your LLC and how you'll interact with the California Secretary of State.

Starting a Small Business in California Checklist

To help you along the way, use our Starting a Business checklist to keep track of everything you need to do to get your business up and running.

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