Forming an LLC in Iowa
Iowa LLCs are formed by a filing Certificate of Organization with the Iowa Secretary of State. The filing process takes two to three business days.
Name Identifiers and Abbreviations
The name of the Iowa limited liability company must end with one of the following words or abbreviations:
- Limited Liability Company
- Limited Company
- Limited Liability Co.
- Ltd. Liability Company
- Ltd. Liability Co.
- Ltd. Company
- Ltd. Co.
An Operating Agreement helps protect your company’s limited liability status and prevents your company from being run by the default rules created by your state. Although Iowa does not mandate all LLCs to have an Operating Agreement, it is highly recommended that you have one.
Depending on the nature of your business, some additional filings could be necessary to complete the proper set-up of your LLC:
- EIN (tax ID)
- Sales tax registration
- Payroll registration & business licensing