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Start a business in Tennessee, USA

Tennessee Corporation Formation
Tennessee LLC Formation

Tennessee, officially the State of Tennessee, is a state in the Southeastern United States. It is bordered by eight states, with Kentucky to the North, Virginia to the Northeast, North Carolina to the East, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the South, Arkansas to the West, and Missouri to the Northwest.

The Appalachian Mountains dominate the Eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms its Western border. Tennessee has a total area of 42,143 square miles (109,247 km2).

In 2019, the real GDP of Tennessee was $330.8 billion. The GDP per capita of Tennessee was $48,440 in 2019.

Tennessee has a reputation as a low-tax state and is usually ranked as one of the five states with the lowest tax burden on residents.. Tourism contributes billions of dollars every year to the state's economy, and Tennessee is ranked among the Top 10 destinations in the nation. Tennessee's electric utilities are regulated monopolies, as in many other states. As of 2019, the Tennessee Valley Authority owned over 90% of generating capacity.

Benefits for offshore company in Tennessee, USA

Benefits for offshore company formation in Tennessee, USA

  • Low property taxes
  • Business-friendly environment
  • Lowest state debt per capita in the country
  • No income tax
  • Low regulatory burdens

Tennessee LLC and Tennessee Corporation (C-Corp & S-Corp) Formation

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

Tennessee's excise tax, which effectively is an income tax, is a flat 6.5% tax on net earnings from doing business in the state.

Company Name

The LLCs’ name must contain the words “Limited Liability Company,” “LLC” or “L.L.C.”

The proposed name must be unique and available in Tennessee.

The corporations’ name must contain the words "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Limited," "Company" or an abbreviation thereof.

The proposed name must be unique and available in Tennessee.

Board of Directors

Minimum of one manager & member required for an LLC.

Tennessee has no age and residency requirements for managers/members.

The members’ names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization while the managers’ information is required.

Minimum of one director & shareholder required for a corporation.

Tennessee has no age and residency requirements for directors/shareholders.

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

Other requirement

Annual Report:

LLCs in Tennessee are required to file an Annual Report. The due date is by the 1st day of the 4th month after the close of your fiscal year. Usually your fiscal year ends on December 31 and so your annual report is due April 1.

Registered Agent:

A registered agent is a person or agency that is set up to accept notices and service of process for your LLC.

Employer Identification Number (EIN):

EIN is a tax ID for businesses. It stands for "Employer Identification Number," and is a nine-digit number used to identify an LLC for tax purposes.

Annual Report:

Corporations in Tennessee are required to file an Annual Report. The due date is by the 1st day of the 4th month after the close of your fiscal year. Usually your fiscal year ends on December 31 and so your annual report is due April 1.

Stock:

In the Articles of Incorporation, corporations must list the authorized shares. 

Registered Agent:

There must be a way to contact the Tennessee corporations for legal purposes, and a designated registered agent is the way to do so.

Employer Identification Number (EIN):

Employer Identification Numbers are issued for the purpose of tax administration and are not intended for participation in any other activities (auction, sales, etc.).

How to start a business in Tennessee, 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 Tennessee 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 to start an LLC in Tennessee, USA

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Set Up Company in Tennessee (USA) with the main characteristics

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

General Information
Type of Business Entity Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Corporate Income Tax Yes - 6.5%
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$ 300.00
Annual Renewal Fees
Our Service Fee (year 2+) US$ 499.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 300.00

Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)

General Information
Type of Business Entity Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)
Corporate Income Tax Yes - 6.5%
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$ 300.00
Annual Renewal Fees
Our Service Fee (year 2+) US$ 499.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 300.00

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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee company, the client is required to pay the Government Fee, US$ 300, including

  • Government Filing cost: US$ 100
  • Registered Agent Fee for 1 year: US$ 200

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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee company, the client is required to pay the Government Fee, US$ 300, including

  • Government Filing cost: US$ 100
  • Registered Agent Fee for 1 year: US$ 200

Download forms - Set Up Company in Tennessee (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
PDF | 1.80 MB | Updated time: 03 Jan, 2020, 12:24 (UTC+08:00)

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

Description QR Code Download
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
Tennessee (C-Corp or S-Corp) Rate card
PDF | 496.67 kB | Updated time: 31 Dec, 2020, 11:15 (UTC+08:00)

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

Tennessee (C-Corp or S-Corp) Rate card Download
Tennessee LLC Rate card
PDF | 492.48 kB | Updated time: 31 Dec, 2020, 11:11 (UTC+08:00)

Basic Features and Standard price for Tennessee LLC

Tennessee LLC Rate card Download

5. Sample Documents

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