How to Start a Business in Indiana (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in IndianaAre you thinking about starting your own business in Indiana? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Indiana. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Indiana.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Indiana

Agency ResponsibleIndiana Secretary of State – Business Services
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization (Form 49459)
ModeMail, In-person, Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $15 (Online)
Filing Fee$100
TimeBy Mail: 1 week, In-person: 1 week, Online: Instant
LawIndiana Code 23-18-2-4


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability on Indiana SOS website
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization (Form 49459)
  5. Create an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. File Business Entity Report (Every 2 years)
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  9. Get Indiana Tax ID number

How to Start a Corporation in Indiana

Agency ResponsibleIndiana Secretary of State – Business Services
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation (Form 4159)
ModeMail, In-person, Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $15 (Online)
Filing Fee$100
TimeBy Mail: 1 week, In-person: 1 week, Online: Instant
LawIndiana Code TITLE 23

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation(Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation (Form 4159)
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. File Business Entity Report (Every 2 years)
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  9. Get Indiana Tax ID number



References:
https://iga.in.gov/static-documents/5/f/b/7/5fb7128f/TITLE23_AR18_ar18.pdf

Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

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