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Form a South Carolina LLC (Limited Liability Company)

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InCorp is an innovative industry leader that provides low-cost and exceptional services to you in forming your new Corporation, South Carolina Limited Liability Company (LLC), or any other type of recognized business entity in all 50 U.S. states, including Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico!

What Is an LLC?

A South Carolina Limited Liability Company or "LLC" is a type of business that combines and merges different aspects of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations into a simple, flexible, and effective business structure that is widely popular and frequently used by many small business owners.

How Can Forming a South Carolina Limited Liability Company Help Your Business?

  • Easy to Manage

    The structure of the LLC was created around the idea of having the freedom to contract. This implies that the owners only need to agree amongst themselves as to how the company will operate, and this agreement can be held up in court. LLCs are not required by law to maintain annual board meetings, resolutions, amendments, or meeting minutes, as are corporations. In most states, owners of corporations that fail to comply with these requirements can lose the asset and liability protection typically provided by the corporate business structure, meaning owners can be held personally responsible for the corporation's acts. However, Nevada is an exception as corporate protection can only be compromised in the case of fraud, even if the other corporate procedures are not met. Again, your company's specific situation will help determine whether an LLC or a corporation is better suited for you.

  • Tax Advantages

    An LLC will legally separate business owners from their business (similar to a corporation), but an LLC can still elect to be treated as a partnership for tax purposes. In this instance, no taxes will be paid through the LLC; instead, the income would be passed to the owners, as with partnerships. The tax laws for partnerships are more flexible, allowing businesses more freedom in regards to their tax preparation. In addition, businesses can look for ways to take advantage of tax breaks they qualify for to minimize their tax burden. All businesses have unique circumstances that will help dictate whether an LLC or a corporation is the appropriate choice that offers the most significant tax advantages.

  • Ability to Raise Capital

    When businesses are structured as LLCs, it is easy to bring on new owners (called members), and there is no limit to how many members an LLC can have. These additional owners/investors can consist of individuals, corporations, pension plans, and trusts, which do not need to be within the same state or even within the U.S. An LLC or corporation can be formed in a state where the owners do not reside. For example, one could create an LLC in the pro-business state of Nevada without ever having visited or been to the state themselves.

  • Liability and Asset Protection

    Today's business world commonly and frequently witnesses an abundance of lawsuits, and this is why it is important to protect yourself by implanting legal safeguards between you and your creditors. As separate entities, LLCs separate businesses from their owners, therefore creating a legal barrier that defends owners against certain risks. LLC owners are not personally liable for their business's debts, even those related to a contract or tort. To a large degree, the operating agreement can allow the agreeing parties to include any procedures or rules they would like to and, once it is put into effect, it can exist as it is with no maintenance. The operating agreement's initial drafting is critical because it needs to comply with all IRS and state regulations in order for the LLC to be taxed as a partnership and not as a corporation.

  • Co-Owner Liability

    In all U.S. states, LLC owners (members) are not typically held personally liable for another co-owner's or employee's wrongdoings. Corporations also protect this type of personal liability, while partnerships and sole proprietorships do not.

    Suppose an LLC is held responsible for negligence or wrongful actions of an employee or another owner. In that case, it can have financial assets or property taken from it due to an unfavorable judgment against it. The innocent LLC members will not be held personally liable; however, the owner or employee who perpetrated the act can be held personally responsible for their actions.

Why choose InCorp Services to form your South Carolina LLC?

  • Help Prevent Corporate Identity Theft

    EntityWatch® advises you of changes to help prevent corporate identity theft. Through EntityWatch®, the innovative and proprietary technology developed first by InCorp, our information system ties into most of the state databases to give you up-to-date information on the status of your entities including the filing status, the current registered agent, officers, and directors.

  • Consolidate Expenses

    For multi-state companies, you will receive a consolidated bill for all your business entities in every state hosted.

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  • Save Money

    For over 20 years we have provided top-tier service with one of the lowest prices in the industry and have only raised our prices one time (while many of our competitors raise their prices on their long-term clients yearly!) Our standard fee to Form your LLC is $99 and to serve as your South Carolina registered agent is only $129 per state per year! And you can save even more when you choose multi-year registered agent service.

  • Fast Support and Service

    Over-the-counter expedited business document filing service are available for most states. Receive notification of all service of process forms in real-time and receive said service of process within 24-hours of receipt via Express Mail, facsimile, or email.

  • File Correctly with Expert Assistance

    InCorp gives you the choice of either filing for yourself online utilizing our safe and secure order system or working with our knowledgeable and experienced staff that will assist you with your incorporation or formation. In addition to our reliable customer service and technology, these options are why InCorp has become an industry leader, chosen by both beginners and established accounting and law firms for both LLC formation and registered agent services.

  • Registered Agent Service in South Carolina & Nationwide

    Like other business entities, limited liability companies are required to have a registered agent in order to comply with business regulations. InCorp is here to help your business fulfill this need.

    Act today to install the legal protections that the law provides to you and your business.

Still unsure whether to choose an LLC for your business?

The structure of a business enterprise needs to be chosen for the right reasons. We can help you establish which one is right for you and your business.

In creating a new business, it's key to understand all of your options regarding forming an LLC. By selecting InCorp, you can expect and have confidence in the fact that our knowledgeable and experienced business specialists are here to assist and guide you throughout the entire process of LLC formation, from the beginning until completion, every step of the way. We will not only ensure that you receive a thorough and comprehensive understanding of how your business structure can benefit you and your business, but we will also do so at a cost that beats any competitor's price points for incorporation, LLC formation, or any other business products or services we present to our clients.

Read our Why Should I Incorporate page or Compare Entity Types page for more information.

South Carolina LLC Frequently Asked Questions

"LLC" and "Corporation" have many of the same characteristics. The most important characteristic they share is that they both offer limited liability protection to their owners. Typically, shareholders are not liable for the debts and obligations of the corporation; thus, creditors will not come knocking at the door of a shareholder to pay the debts of the corporation. In a partnership or sole proprietorship, the owner's personal assets may be used to pay debts of the business. With an LLC, the members are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the corporation. There are many important differences between the corporation and LLC. The entities are taxed differently. An LLC is a pass-through tax entity. This means that the income to the entity is not taxed at the entity level; however, the entity does complete a tax return. The income or loss as shown on this return is "passed through" the business entity to the individual shareholders or interest holders, and is reported on their individual tax returns. With a standard corporation, the corporation is a separately taxable entity. Corporations are treated as separate legal taxable entities for income tax purposes. Therefore, corporations pay tax on their earnings. If corporate earnings are distributed to shareholders in the form of dividends, the corporation does not receive the reasonable business expense deduction, and dividend income is taxed as regular income to the shareholders. Thus, to the extent that earnings are distributed to shareholders as dividends, there is a double tax on earnings at the corporate and shareholder level.

In terms of reporting income, they are quite similar. The LLC is somewhat less restrictive than the "S" corporation. There can be any number of members, and there are few restrictions on who those members may be. They are also a relatively new entity, so there is not as great a definitive body of tax rulings on them as there is with corporations.

Getting started is easier than you think! Click here to build and price your new LLC , or call us at 1-800-2INCORP (1-800-246-2677) today to speak with one of our consultants. We will give you a free consultation with no obligation to purchase!

We can begin today and in some cases (like Nevada), have your corporation formed within 24-hours. All states differ in the turnaround time of their processing of your corporation. However, through relations with the various state offices, we strive to maintain the fastest turn-around times in the industry. Call and speak with one of our consultants to obtain the average turn-around time for any given state.

In most cases, the answer is no. In most states, InCorp assigns itself as the "incorporator" and is able to file all of the paperwork without an officer's signature. Some states require the officer's signatures on the Articles of Incorporation. In those cases, we will overnight the documents to you for your signature and have you return them to us, or use a facsimile signature to fulfill the requirement. In either case, you are not required to be present to form your corporation.

No. This is a common misconception among small-business owners, usually fostered by advice from an inexperienced accountant. Any seasoned advisor will tell you that incorporating is the first and foremost thing you should do when starting a business. Fforming an LLC will not only save you taxes but it will also limit your exposure to IRS audits by separating your personal and business expenses.

The title of the document filed in many states to register a limited liability company (LLC) with the state. Also known as articles of formation.

Managers are the individuals who are responsible for the maintenance, administration and management of the affairs of a limited liability company (LLC). In most states, the managers serve a particular term and report to and serve at the discretion of the members. Specific duties of the managers may be detailed in the articles of organization or the operating agreement of the LLC. In some states, the members of an LLC may also serve as the managers.

The owner(s) of a limited liability company (LLC are the Members. Unless the articles of organization or operating agreement provide otherwise, management of an LLC is vested in the members in proportion to their ownership interest in the company.

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