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

Starting Business in LouisianaAre you thinking about starting your own business in Louisiana? 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 Louisiana. 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 Louisiana.

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

How to Start an LLC in Louisiana

Agency ResponsibleLousiana Secretary of State – Business Services
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization
ModeMail, in-person, fax, Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 (Mail/Online)
Filing Fee$100 + Expedite fee: $50 (optional)
Time1 week (Expedite option available)
LawLa. R.S. 12:1301-1369


Summary:

  1. Choose your business name
  2. Reserve Business name (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization form (Form 365)
  5. Draft an Operating Agreement
  6. Get federal EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Obtain Louisiana Tax ID number
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  9. File annual report

How to Start a Corporation in Louisiana

Agency ResponsibleLousiana Secretary of State – Business Services
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation
ModeMail, in-person, fax, Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 (Mail/Online)
Filing Fee$100 + Expedite fee: $50 (optional)
Time1 week (Expedite option available)
LawLA Rev Stat § 12:1-203 (2017)

Summary:

  1. Search for Business Name Availability
  2. File for Business Name Reservation(Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation form
  5. Create Bylaws for your business
  6. Get federal EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Obtain Louisiana Tax ID number
  8. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  9. File annual report



References:
https://www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/FileBusinessDocuments/GetFormsAndFeeSchedule/Pages/default.aspx
https://law.justia.com/codes/louisiana/2014/code-revisedstatutes/title-12

Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

Louisiana Business Entity & Corporation Search

Business Service Division of the Louisiana Secretary of State maintains the records of all the business entities registered in the state. Basic information about businesses is available to the public for free and it can be accessed on the Secretary of State website. Records of LLCs, Corporations, Non-Profits, and Trade/service marks registered in Louisiana can […]

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