With modern technology making it easier by the day for your business information to be searched, business owners like you want a business entity that is more secure from prying eyes.
An anonymous limited liability company (anonymous LLC) is defined as a LLC where the ownership information (i.e. members) of the LLC are not made publicly available by the state in which the LLC is registered. This is accomplished by forming a LLC in a particular state that supports such anonymous LLC’s—using a third-party to act as the organizer and registered agent of the LLC.
An anonymous LLC provides all of the benefits of a regular LLC. There are many reasons a limited liability company (or LLC) is an excellent choice for small businesses. The following are usually of highest importance for most people:
A LLC can help protect the members or owners from personal liability attaching from the activities of the business.
A LLC provides tax advantages over a sole proprietorship or partnership, in that the IRS permits more deductions. For example, medical insurance expenses. Consult your tax advisor for more information about the tax advantages associated with a LLC.
LLC’s permit you to bring on partners at different, clearly defined levels. Furthermore, LLC’s enable you to separate important assets or business functions, giving you the ability to vary or alter ownership among these assets or functions. You can also sell off or merge such assets or functions much more easily than if all your assets or business functions were in one large whole.
A LLC will survive you, should you become deceased or incapacitated. A business entity, such as an LLC, is the ONLY way to cost-effectively ensure your business survives to the benefit of your family or estate.
The following benefits are unique to Anonymous LLC’s:
Ownership information is not made publicly available.
It is not possible for members of the public to look up the ownership information of anonymous LLC’s, which prevents owners of such LLC’s from becoming harassed due to the type of business, subject matter or other issues involving the business.
Conducting business or business deals under the guise of an anonymous LLC helps preserve confidentiality among the participants.
Anonymous LLC’s are the perfect choice for landlords who don’t want to be contacted by tenants (especially those landlords who have property managers), famous individuals who want to conduct business privately, abused victims who wish to prevent their aggressors from looking them up, and business leaders who prefer a level of privacy and separation from their personal lives.
An anonymous LLC helps preserve the privacy of business owners by not permitting the ownership information to be associated with the LLC filing. When Law 4 Small Business files an Anonymous LLC on your behalf in a state that offers anonymous LLC’s, your personal information remains undisclosed and unpublished to the public. Anonymous LLC’s protect privacy, prevent harassment and preserve confidentiality. By selecting Law 4 Small Business to form your anonymous LLC, you are taking advantage of an actual law firm — with attorney-client privilege — to help preserve your confidentiality and privacy.
Licensed attorneys will serve as your registered agent. If we are served any legal documentation or correspondence, we will forward it to you confidentially. Only a law firm, connected to your business as a Registered Agent, can provide a strong deterrent to others who may seek to find or harass you. If L4SB is served a summons or subpoena in an attempt to identify you, we will first attempt to quash such requests.
When filing an LLC, most states require identification of the owners or managers. It is possible to prevent the publication of the ownership information of a LLC to the public. Law 4 Small Business accomplishes this by identifying itself as the organizer and registered agent, the only specific information contained within the Articles of Organization that is published by the State.
Note that anonymity is not absolute. An anonymous LLC will not prevent you from paying taxes or hiding ownership information from the IRS or your bank. Furthermore, an anonymous LLC is not immune to lawsuits, and a competent attorney may use the subpoena power of the courts in a lawsuit, to identify the owners of a LLC.
States that permit anonymous LLC’s include Delaware, New Mexico and Wyoming. Each state has advantages and disadvantages which may influence your state choice depending on your needs.
Delaware is business friendly. Delaware is the only state to have the renown Court of Chancery that is dedicated and streamlined for business. Their laws provide additional protections from personal liability, and they are progressive about keeping fraudulent LLC’s out of their state. Delaware also does not require any corporate income tax however a yearly $300 franchise tax is required. Therefore, Delaware may be a good Anonymous LLC choice for those who prefer very business friendly laws and no corporate income tax.
New Mexico Anonymous LLC’s have the strongest privacy. New Mexico is the only state that does not require disclosure of the owners of an anonymous LLC to the state. The other states do require identification of owners to the state, which means if their laws change, they could potentially publish ownership information without your knowledge or consent. New Mexico does require filing corporate income taxes. Therefore, New Mexico is viewed as the best state for anonymous LLC’s if privacy and confidentiality are your overriding concerns.
Wyoming is among the most tax-friendly for anonymous LLC’s. Wyoming requires no corporate income tax for LLC’s in their state. The only annual fees required by the State of Wyoming for your Anonymous LLC is an Annual Report which is typically $50 but depends on assets within the state. If keeping taxes low is a concern, a Wyoming Anonymous LLC may be a good consideration.
Don’t forget, Law 4 Small Business (L4SB) can help your form your anonymous LLC and be your Registered Agent in any state you choose.
Starting an anonymous LLC is easy with Law 4 Small Business. You only need two things to get started:
Forming your anonymous LLC with L4SB puts experienced business lawyers on your side. They ensure your business is properly registered in the state that offers the best privacy and anonymity for you and your business. It also means you have licensed attorneys acting as your registered agent, unlike the other guys across the wire. This means your LLC benefits from attorney-client privilege, and you can rely on the advice and counsel of competent business lawyers to advise you in all phases and aspects of your business.
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