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

Starting Business in WisconsinAre you thinking about starting your own business in Wisconsin? 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 Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin.

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

How to Start an LLC in Wisconsin

Agency ResponsibleWisconsin Corporation Section of the Division of Corporate & Consumer Services
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $15 (Online)
Filing FeeBy Mail: $170, Online: $130 (Expedite charge $25)
Time1 week (Option to expedite)
LawWI Stat § 183.0202


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization (Form 502)
  5. Create an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  8. (Ongoing) File state tax, annual report and renew Business tax registeration

How to Start a Corporation in Wisconsin

Agency ResponsibleWisconsin Corporation Section of the Division of Corporate & Consumer Services
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation (Form 2)
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $15 (Online)
Filing Fee$100 (Expedite charge $25)
Time1 week (Option to expedite)
LawWI Stat § 180.1903 (2016)

Summary:

  1. Search for Business Name Availability
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation (Form 2)
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Get an EIN Number
  7. (Ongoing) File state tax, annual report and renew Business tax registeration



References:
https://law.justia.com/codes/wisconsin/2011/183/
https://law.justia.com/codes/wisconsin/2011/180/

Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

Wisconsin Business Name Reservation

In this article, we will be discussing steps involved to reserve a business name in Wisconsin. Business Division of Wisconsin SOS, handles business name reservation. Generally, name reservation is done to protect the business name from being registered by someone else till the time business is officially registered. The business name can be reserved for the […]

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