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Register a business in South Carolina

South Carolina Corporation Formation
South Carolina LLC Formation

It lies on the southern Eastern Seaboard of the United States and is bounded on the north by North Carolina, on the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the southwest by Georgia. South Carolina is named in honor of King Charles I of England, who first formed the English colony.

South Carolina is the smallest state of the Deep South region and is roughly triangular in shape. This is the 40th most extensive and 23rd most populous U.S. state, its GDP was $249.9 billion in 2019. Columbia, located in the center of the state, is the capital and largest city.

In 2019, South Carolina's GDP was $249.9 billion, making the state the 26th largest by GDP in the United States.

During the first half of the 20th century, agriculture was the key to the state’s economy, industrial outputs include textile goods, chemical products, paper products, machinery, automobiles, automotive products, and tourism.

Many large corporations have moved their locations to South Carolina. South Carolina is a right-to-work state and many businesses utilize staffing agencies to temporarily fill positions.

Benefits for offshore company in South Carolina, USA

Benefits for offshore company formation in South Carolina, USA

  • Professional Growth & Development
  • Workforce
  • Business-friendly
  • No Minutes: An LLC is not required to keep any formal minutes or resolutions as compared to a corporation, thus making it easier to function
  • Manageable tax

South Carolina LLC and South Carolina Corporation (C-Corp & S-Corp) Formation

  Limited Liability Company (LLC) Corporation (C- Corp and S-Corp)
Corporate Tax Rate

All business entities incorporated in South Carolina are subjected to the tax rate of 5%

Company Name

The name of the LLCs must end with these words, including “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” “Ltd. Co.,” “LC,” “LLC” or “L.L.C.”

The LLCs’ name cannot consist of language implying other purposes other than the permitted ones by the state law and the Articles of Organization 

The LLC name must be distinguishable from other domestic or foreign-qualified LLC, reserved or registered LLC names upon the records of the Secretary of State

The proposed name must include the words such as “Corporation,” “Incorporated,” “Company” or “Limited,” the abbreviation “Corp.,” “Inc.,” “Co,” or “Ltd.,” or abbreviations of words with similar meaning in another language.

Other than the permitted purpose by the state law and the Articles of Incorporation, the proposed name cannot contain language implying non-permitted purposes.

Upon the records of the Secretary of State, the name must be distinguishable from other names of a domestic or qualified foreign corporation, registered or reserved corporate name, limited partnership or non-profit corporation.

Board of Directors

LLCs are required to have a minimum of one or more managers/members.

South Carolina has no requirements for the managers & members’ age and residency. 

The managers are required to be listed in the Articles of Organization while this does not apply to the members

Corporations are required to have a minimum of one or more managers/members.

South Carolina has no requirements for the directors & shareholders’ age and residency.

The directors’ names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation

Other requirement

Annual Report: 

South Carolina LLCs do not require to file an annual report.

State tax identification number is not required in South Carolina.

Registered Agent:

The name and physical address of the LLCs’ registered agent must be provided, along with the information of the normal business hours for the purpose of accepting important documents from the government.

Employer Identification Number (EIN):

An EIN is essential for LLCs with employees as well as to open a business bank account

Annual Report: 

South Carolina corporations require to file an annual report on the 15th day of the third month after the close of the taxable year.

Stock:

In the Articles of Incorporation, the authorized shares and par value must be included.

Registered Agent:

The name and physical address of the corporations’ registered agent must be provided, along with the information of the normal business hours for the purpose of accepting important documents from the government.

Employer Identification Number (EIN):

An EIN is essential for corporations with employees as well as to open a business bank account

State tax identification number is not required in South Carolina.

How to start a business in South Carolina, USA: 4 Simple Steps

Preparation

1. Preparation

Select basic Resident/Founder nationality information and other additional services that you want (if any).

Filling

2. Filling

Register or log in and fill in the company names and director/ shareholder(s) and fill in the billing address and special request (if any).

Payment

3. Payment

Choose your payment method (We accept payment by Credit/Debit Card, PayPal, or Wire Transfer).

Delivery

4. Delivery

You will receive soft copies of necessary documents including Certificate of Incorporation, Business Registration, Memorandum and Articles of Association, etc. Then, your new company in South Carolina is ready to do business. You can bring the documents in the company kit to open a corporate bank account or we can help you with our long experience of Banking support services.

Cost of incorporating in South Carolina, USA

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Limited Liability Company (LLC) From US$ 599
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Set Up Company in South Carolina (USA) with the main characteristics

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

General Information
Type of Business Entity Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Corporate Income Tax Yes - 5%
British Based Legal System No
Double Tax Treaty Access No
Incorporation Time Frame (Approx., days) 2 - 3 working days
Corporate Requirements
Minimum Number of Shareholders 1
Minimum Number of Directors 1
Corporate Directors Permitted Yes
Standard Authorized Capital/Shares N/A
Local Requirements
Registered Office/ Registered Agent Yes
Company Secretary Yes
Local Meetings No
Local Directors / Shareholders No
Publicly Accessible Records Yes
Annual Requirements
Annual Return Yes
Audited Accounts Yes
Incorporation Fees
Our Service Fee (1st year) US$ 599.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 420.00
Annual Renewal Fees
Our Service Fee (year 2+) US$ 499.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 420.00

Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)

General Information
Type of Business Entity Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)
Corporate Income Tax Yes - 5%
British Based Legal System No
Double Tax Treaty Access No
Incorporation Time Frame (Approx., days) 2 - 3 working days
Corporate Requirements
Minimum Number of Shareholders 1
Minimum Number of Directors 1
Corporate Directors Permitted Yes
Standard Authorized Capital/Shares N/A
Local Requirements
Registered Office/ Registered Agent Yes
Company Secretary Yes
Local Meetings No
Local Directors / Shareholders No
Publicly Accessible Records Yes
Annual Requirements
Annual Return Yes
Audited Accounts Yes
Incorporation Fees
Our Service Fee (1st year) US$ 599.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 420.00
Annual Renewal Fees
Our Service Fee (year 2+) US$ 499.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 420.00

Scope of Services

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

1. Company Formation Service Fee

Services and Documents Provided Status
Agent Fee Yes
Name Check Yes
Preparation of Articles Yes
Same-day Electronic Filing Yes
Certificate of Formation Yes
Digital Copy of Documents Yes
Digital Corporate Seal Yes
Lifetime Customer Support Yes
One Complete Year (12 Full Months) of South Carolina Registered Agent Service Yes

2. Government Fee

Certificate of Incorporation Status
Submission of all documents to the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and attending to any clarifications on the structure and applications required. Yes
Submission of application to the Registrar of Companies Yes

To incorporate a South Carolina company, the client is required to pay the Government Fee, US$ 420, including

  • Government Filing cost: US$ 100
  • Registered Agent Fee for 1 year: US$ 320

Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)

1. Company Formation Service Fee

Services and Documents Provided Status
Agent Fee Yes
Name Check Yes
Preparation of Articles Yes
Same-day Electronic Filing Yes
Certificate of Formation Yes
Digital Copy of Documents Yes
Digital Corporate Seal Yes
Lifetime Customer Support Yes
One Complete Year (12 Full Months) of South Carolina Registered Agent Service Yes

2. Government Fee

Certificate of Incorporation Status
Submission of all documents to the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and attending to any clarifications on the structure and applications required. Yes
Submission of application to the Registrar of Companies Yes

To incorporate a South Carolina company, the client is required to pay the Government Fee, US$ 420, including

  • Government Filing cost: US$ 100
  • Registered Agent Fee for 1 year: US$ 320

Download forms - Set Up Company in South Carolina (USA)

1. Application Formation Form

Description QR Code Download
Application for Limited Company
PDF | 1.91 MB | Updated time: 14 Mar, 2020, 10:45 (UTC+08:00)

Application form for Limited Company processing

Application for Limited Company Download
Application Formation Form LLP LLC
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Application Formation Form LLP LLC

Application Formation Form LLP LLC Download

2. Business Plan Form

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Business Plan Form
PDF | 1,015.78 kB | Updated time: 04 Jan, 2020, 11:16 (UTC+08:00)

Business Plan Form for Company Incorporation

Business Plan Form Download

3. Information Update Form

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Information Update Form
PDF | 5.52 MB | Updated time: 06 Jan, 2020, 11:48 (UTC+08:00)

Information Update Form for completing the Registry’s statutory requirements

Information Update Form Download

4. Rate card

Description QR Code Download
South Carolina (C-Corp or S-Corp) Rate card
PDF | 493.08 kB | Updated time: 31 Dec, 2020, 11:15 (UTC+08:00)

Basic Features and Standard price for South Carolina (C-Corp or S-Corp)

South Carolina (C-Corp or S-Corp) Rate card Download
South Carolina LLC Rate card
PDF | 488.68 kB | Updated time: 31 Dec, 2020, 11:15 (UTC+08:00)

Basic Features and Standard price for South Carolina LLC

South Carolina LLC Rate card Download

5. Sample Documents

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