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Tennessee LLC and Corporation Registration and Formation

Why is the “Volunteer State” considered one of the best places to form a new business? It is interesting to note that the Real GDP of Tennessee in 2016 was $287.776 billion, which is a +11.92% change since 2011 when the GDP was $257.138 billion. One of the best hubs to form a Tennessee business is the “Middle Tennessee” where your business can enjoy several advantages including:

  • A climate that supports business in a variety of industries and growth
  • Cap on inventory or franchise tax for distribution or warehousing facilities
  • Benefit from a variety of tax incentives on machinery to be used for manufacturing and distribution
  • Highly skilled and abundant workforce
  • Jobs Tax Credit Program and other tax credit programs
  • Highly-developed transportation system
  • Reliable TVA electric power

We are one of the top Tennessee registered agents and can assist you with the successful registration of your business entity in the state.

Let’s take a look at how you can form a Tennessee business LLC or Corporation.

Tennessee LLC Registration and Formation

Tennessee LLC Registration & Formation

LLC company formation in Tennessee is governed by 2010 Tennessee Code, Title 48 – Corporations and Associations, Chapter 249 – Tennessee Revised Limited Liability Company Act. The procedure for registration and formation of LLC is as follows:

Step#1: Maintain a registered agent

If you are planning to form a Limited Liability Company in Tennessee then you will be required to continuously maintain a registered agent in the state pursuant to T.C.A. § 48-249-109. This law is applicable to domestic limited liability companies as well as foreign limited liability companies.

We would take this opportunity to share with you the fact that we are one of the top registered agents in the state and have been responsible for over 11,494 businesses set up in Tennessee. We can assist you to form a Tennessee business LLC.

Step#2: LLC Name Reservation

One of the foremost steps towards company formation in Tennessee is identifying a name for your business entity. The process is as follows:

  1. Identify a unique name for your business entity
  2. According to T.C.A. § 48-249-106, the name should contain the phrase or words “limited liability company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.”, or “LLC”.
  3. The chosen name should be distinguishable and should not be deceptively similar to the name of any limited partnership, corporation, or limited liability company
  4. Apply for reservation of name pursuant to the provisions of T.C.A. § 48-249-107 for a domestic and foreign LLC.
  5. Submit the form though mail or online with the Department of State, Corporate Filings along with the applicable fee. An LLC can reserve its name for a period of 4 months.
  6. A foreign LLC will have to register their name pursuant to T.C.A. § 48-249-108.

Step#3: Certificate of Organization and Application for Registration

If you are planning to form a Tennessee business LLC then the most important step is to prepare and file the proper documents for a Limited Liability Company. The steps are:

  • If you want to register a domestic LLC then you will be required to file an “Articles of Organization” pursuant to T.C.A. § 48-249-202.
  • If your business entity is a foreign LLC then you will be required to file “Certificate of Authority” pursuant to T.C.A. § 48-249-904.
  • The Articles of Organization and Certificate of Authority of domestic and foreign LLC can be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State – Business Services Division, in person or online.

We can file the form on your behalf as your registered agent in the state and provide you with certified copies of the LLC registration.

In case, you have any questions regarding how to form a Tennessee business, feel free to call us on 702-871-8678.

Tennessee Corporation Registration and Formation

Tennessee Corporation Registration & Formation

The formation of a Tennessee Corporation will be governed by the 2015 Tennessee Code, Title 48 – Corporations and Associations, For-Profit Business Corporations. If you are planning to form a Corporation in Tennessee then the procedure for registration and formation is as follows:

Step#1: Maintain a Registered Agent

If you are planning to form a business or professional corporation in Tennessee then you will be required to continuously maintain a registered agent in the state pursuant to TN Code § 48-15-101 (2015). This law is applicable to domestic as well as foreign corporations.

We would take this opportunity to share with you the fact that we are one of the top registered agents in the state and have been responsible for over 11,494 businesses set up in Tennessee. We can assist you to form a Tennessee business as we are in compliance with all regulations in the State of Tennessee.

Step#2: Corporate Name Reservation

In order to form a corporation in Tennessee, one of the key steps is identifying a name for your business entity. What is the process? The process is as follows:

  1. Identify a name for your business entity
  2. According to TN Code § 48-14-101 (2015), a corporate name should contain the phrase or words “corporation”, “company”, “incorporated”, or the abbreviations “Corp.”, or “Inc.”
  3. The chosen name should be distinguishable and should not be deceptively similar to the name of any limited liability company, limited partnership, or any other corporation
  4. Apply for reservation of name pursuant to TN Code § 48-14-102 (2015).
  5. A foreign corporation would be required to register their name pursuant to TN Code § 48-14-103 (2015)
  6. Submit the form though mail or online with the Office of the Secretary of State of Tennessee along with the applicable fee. A business corporation can reserve its name for a period of 4 months.

Step#3: Business Corporation Charter and Certificate of Authority

If you are planning to form a corporation in Tennessee, then the most important step is to prepare and file the proper documents for a business corporation. The steps are:

  • If you want to register a domestic corporation then you will be required to file a “Charter” pursuant to TN Code § 48-12-102 (2015).
  • If your business entity is a foreign corporation then you will be required to file a “Certificate of Authority” pursuant to the provisions of TN Code § 48-25-103 (2015).
  • The application or documentation for registration of a corporation can be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State – Business Services Division, in person or online.

We can file the form on your behalf as your registered agent in the state and provide you with certified copies of the incorporation.

If you have any questions regarding Tennessee incorporation or LLC formation, you can simply visit the Tennessee Business formation page.

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