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Is it possible to have an Anonymous Corporation?

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While it is possible to have an anonymous company, the truth of the matter is that company must be a limited liability company (or LLC). It cannot be a corporation.

The reason for this, is that to register a corporation, we have to disclose directors and officers of the corporation. Unless you have a very large corporation, where the shareholders are not the directors or officers, then it’s not possible to form a corporation without disclosing this information to the state and therefore destroying anonymity.

With that said, it should be noted that this question is often associated with a request to form an anonymous “S-Corporation” or “C-Corporation,” with the intention of receiving S-Corp or C-Corp tax treatment.

Please see our knowledge-base article, entitled Do I have to file income taxes if I have a pass-through entity? In short, a LLC can be taxed in many different ways, including under Subchapter S or Subchapter C.

Therefore, it’s possible to have a company treated for tax purposes as a S-Corporation or C-Corporation, but it’s not a corporation. It’s an Anonymous LLC that can be taxed as you prefer.

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