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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.
Here are two words you don’t see together often – Anonymous LLC (Anonymous Limited Liability Company). A little imagination might suggest it’s an LLC that doesn’t have a publicly-disclosed name or maybe one that doesn’t even exist. How can an LLC be anonymous? Don’t LLCs have to be publicly formed? Well, Anonymous LLC is actually the name of a service provided by Law 4 Small Business, P.C. (L4SB) where the firm creates an LLC that does not publicly disclose the ownership information (i.e. members) of the LLC in the state in which the LLC is registered. This is accomplished by the firm acting as the organizer and registered agent for the new LLC in select states, as well as utilizing its status as a law firm to convey attorney-client privilege and confidentiality. Thus, the Anonymous LLC is formed.
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:
Anonymous LLCs 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LLC on your behalf in a state where such anonymity is possible, your personal information remains undisclosed and unpublished to the public. Anonymous LLCs 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 negotiate the summons or subpoena away and failing that, we will work with your local counsel so they may assert our attorney-client privilege.
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 an 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 an LLC.
States that permit anonymous LLCs 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 renowned 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 LLCs 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 LLCs 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 LLCs if privacy and confidentiality are your overriding concerns.
Wyoming is among the most tax-friendly for anonymous LLCs. Wyoming requires no corporate income tax for LLCs 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:
We built an AI-based intelligent interview system that will ask you a number of questions, and make an entity suggestion and state choices based on your answers. It is very sophisticated, and factors such issues and preferences as tax (including the Trump Tax Reform Act of 2017), anonymity, locations where conducting business and much more.
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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.