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 LLC is defined as a limited liability company whose owners are not publicly identifiable by the state. An Anonymous LLC is created by being careful where and how a LLC is formed.
L4SB was the first law firm to provide an Anonymous LLC service to the public, by avoiding public disclosure of 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.
An Anonymous LLC provides all of the benefits of a regular LLC, with the additional benefit of not disclosing ownership information on the Internet. 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LLC on your behalf in a state where such anonymity is possible, your personal information remains undisclosed and unpublished to the public.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.
All states require you to register your company in their state, if you’re conducting business in their state. What does “conducting business” mean? Unfortunately, that’s hard to define because each state has their own rules and requirements, and almost no state defines “conducting business” — instead, most say “what isn’t conducting business.” It can be confusing.
In general, if you’re “purposefully availing yourself” of a state, you are conducting business in that state. Even if “all your business” is online and on the Internet, many states still say you are conducting business in their state, simply because you’re a resident of that state. If you have any W2 employees (including yourself), a retail location or even warehousing for drop-ship, many states will say you’re conducting business in their state.
Therefore, the general rule (and the easiest for you long-term) is to simply assume you are “conducting business” in your home state. If you want to really get to the bottom of this, we recommend you hire an attorney in your home state, or consider purchasing a 30-minute business attorney consult from L4SB to discuss. Note that if you’re an Amazon Seller or use FBA, it’s easiest to assume you’re doing business in your home state, as it’s easier to obtain a local business license, utility bills, etc.
Do you live in Alabama (AL), Colorado (CO), Delaware (DE), Georgia (GA), Iowa (IA), Missouri (MS), New Mexico (NM), Ohio (OH), Virginia (VA) or Wyoming (WY)? You can form an Anonymous LLC if any of these states is your home state, by doing things carefully. Get started now!
Do you live in another state not California (CA) nor Oregon (OR)? If you live in another state not mentioned above, then things are tricky — your home state discloses ownership information. Therefore, it’s important to form two companies:
Do you live in California (CA)? If you live in California (CA), then we recommend a slightly different approach from what we outlined above. You still need to own two companies, but one is a Management company instead of a Holding Company:
Do you live in Oregon (OR)? If you live in Oregon (OR), then we simply don’t have any good options for you, unless you already own a physical address in Oregon (OR) that doesn’t trace back to you. This is because the State of Oregon (OR) decided to be the only state in the union to prohibit the use of CMRA’s (virtual mailboxes) in state registrations — which makes it impossible to register a parent/child setup as we do in all the other states, without violating Oregon (OR) law. If you know you’re not conducting business in Oregon (OR) or you have a physical address in Oregon (OR) that doesn’t trace back to you, then you can simply form an Anonymous LLC in another state. Get started now!
If you don’t live in an anonymous state as identified above, then you have choices on which state to form your Anonymous LLC as a Holding Company.
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.
Not sure which state is the right state to form your Anonymous LLC? Use the following chart to help you decide. The answer depends on where you live, as well as your tax and privacy concerns.
|Delaware||New Mexico||Nevada||Wyoming||Any Other State?|
|If “transacting business”, do you need to register a company in the state?||Yes|
|Great for Asset Protection / Charging Order Protection? (Passed the RULLCA)||Uses Old LLC Act||Uses Old LLC Act||CA, DC, FL, IA, ID, NE, NJ, UT|
|Doesn’t disclose ownership information on the Internet?||Not Anonymous||AL, CO, GA, IA, VA|
|Doesn’t require disclosure of ownership information to the State at all?||Must Disclose||Must Disclose||Must Disclose||IA, GA, CO|
|No Need to File Annual Reports / Pay Annual Fees?||Expensive Annual Fees||Expensive Annual Fees||Annual Reports Required|
|No corporate income tax?||There is Corporate Income Tax||NV, OH, SD, TX, WA|
Starting an Anonymous LLC is easy, provided you hire the right company to help you. You only need three things to get started:
While there are a few Internet companies and individuals offering “Anonymous LLC” services, the problem is anonymity is only as strong as the weakest link. One problem, and anonymity is destroyed.
Therefore, it’s critical to have an attorney setup your Anonymous LLC. Only attorneys can provide attorney-client privilege, attorney-client confidentiality, and make sure things are done correctly. Attorney-client privilege makes it difficult to identify ownership information even through a subpoena. Attorney-client confidentiality means you’re not relying on someone’s promise to maintain your confidence — an attorney has an ethical duty and obligation to maintain your confidence.
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.
This is a BETA / PROOF-OF-CONCEPT! Please pardon the dust!
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.