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I suggest that ou contact your Secretary of State or the regulatory authorities of the State where you live. Yuo might also find an attornety who will give you a free hour to discuss the matter.
I suggest that you contact your Secretary of State or the regulatory authorities of the State where you live. Yuo might also find an attornety who will give you a free hour to discuss the matter.
The above answers are correct....but here's a bit more info. for you (I just went through this myself):
The great news is, you can do both of these things on-line.
In MA (where I filed), this was a bit of a chicken and egg routine because the Secretary of State will do you the favor of checking out your company name to make sure no one else is using it....but when you file w/the Sec. of State you'll be asked for your EIN(which you don't have yet!).......But if you start by applying for the EIN, they'll ask for your company name(!) (but what if someone else is already using it, right?!)
Anyhow, what I did was to file with the Secretary of State first, using my soc. sec. # to get thru the form (I applied on-line). Once the Sec. of State approved my company name, I applied for the EIN. Then I went back to the sec. of state and asked to up-date my soc. sec. # to my new EIN. This worked fine.
The LLC app. costs a painful $500 (in MA - guessing this is standard). Don't pay more. There are a lot of 'help' sites that say "file today for your LLC - just $150!" Etc. ....but the $150 is their filing fee and you'll be charged $150 plus the regular $500.
Once the Sec. of State has checked out/approved your company name, you can file for your Fed Id (EIN) here:
check out my profile and give us a call.
I can recommend a consulting company that would charge a small fee to set it all up for you if you want. Just let me know. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several online services available that can help with incorporating your business in one state or several. I incorporated my business through http://www.clickandinc.com/
who are business incorporation specialist.