What is a Georgia LLC?
A Georgia LLC is formed by filing Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State and paying the appropriate filing fee. A Georgia LLC is governed by its Operating Agreement, which is written and agreed upon by its members, and which lays out the management structure of the company. Each member offers a capital contribution in return for an ownership percentage.
Learn more below about the structure of a Georgia LLC and how one is formed.
Georgia LLC Requirements
- Transmittal Information Form Georgia Limited Liability Company
- Articles of Organization
- State Filing Fee of $100 (Non Refundable).
- A Registered Agent located in Georgia. See our service here.
Georgia LLC Structure
GA Limited Liability Companies are structured legally with the Georgia Articles of Organization for a Limited Liability Company. A Transmittal Information Form is also required for a new LLC filing in Georgia. Like many states, the document for an LLC is short and simple.
The required information to be listed on the Transmittal Information Form:
- Georgia LLC Name
- Filer’s Information
- Registered Agent
The LLC name exactly as it appears in the Articles of Organization shall also be listed on the Georgia Transmittal Information Form.
Information for the filer will be the name, address, email and telephone number of the LLC’s filer.
A Principal Office address is required to be listed. But, you may use a PO Box address. Many states ban this allowance, not Georgia.
The name, email address and complete address is required from a Registered Agent in Georgia.
Names and addresses of all Organizers will be required.
|Georgia LLC Facts|
|The Forms||Articles of Organization & Data Transmittal Information Form 231|
|The Agency||Georgia Corporations Division|
|Annual Registration Due Date||April 1|
|Annual Registration Fee||$50|
|State Income Tax||1% to 6%|
How to File a Georgia LLC
Steps in forming a Georgia LLC:
- Select a name for your LLC. You cannot select a name that is already registered to another company in Georgia.
- To form an LLC in Georgia, you submit Articles of Organization and an LLC Data Transmittal Form 231 to the Georgia Corporations Division. This can be filed by mail or online. There is a $100 filing fee.
- When you form an LLC, you are required by law to designate a Georgia registered agent. This is done on the Data Transmittal Form 231. A registered agent must have a registered office in the state (a physical street address, not a PO box).
- After the LLC is formed, you will need to write an operating agreement, the document that details the members of your LLC (your owners), and how the company is managed. An operating agreement covers ownership shares, rights and responsibilities of members, how members buy-in and sell-out of the company, and how meetings are held.
- You can now open business bank accounts for your LLC. Most banks will require copies of your Articles of Organization and operating agreement. Bank accounts must be opened in person.
- After you form an LLC, you are required to file an Annual Registration with the Corporations Division. This must be filed each year by April 1. There is a $50 filing fee. Annual Registrations can be filed online.
How Do I Know My Formation Documents Were Accepted?
The Corporations Division will mail you a Certificate of Organization as evidence that your Articles of Organization and Data Transmittal Information Form 231 were accepted. Generally, it takes five to seven business days to process an LLC formation. Processing can, however, take up to 12 business days. Expedited filings cost $100 more and take 3 days.
What Happens if I File My Annual Registration Late?
There is a $25 late fee. If you form an LLC in Georgia and fail to file your Annual Registration, your company may be subject to administrative dissolution. A dissolution can be reinstated within five years of the effective date of dissolution, but there is a $250 fee.
Can I Reserve My LLC Name in Georgia?
Yes. You can file a Name Reservation Request form in advance of your Articles of Organization filing. There is a $25 filing fee. Your name will be reserved for 30 days. When you file your formation documents, you will need to list the reservation number on the Transmittal Form 231.
Georgia Registered Agent
A Georgia registered agent must:
- Have and maintain a registered office (a physical street address, not a PO box) within the state
- Remain open during regular business hours to accept certified mail
- Accept and sign for service of process and other business mail on behalf of clients
- Contact clients upon receipt of documents
- Forward all documents to clients in a timely manner
- The main purpose of a registered agent is to ensure that businesses are informed of and receive service of process (notice of litigation) in a timely manner.
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