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Forming LLC, Corporation in Texas, USA

Texas Corporation (C-Corp & S-Corp) Formation
Texas LLC Formation

Texas is a state in the South Central Region of the United States. It is the second largest U.S. state by both area (after Alaska) and population (after California). Texas shares borders with Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west , and Mexico, across the Rio Grande to the southwest. Texas has a total area of 268,596 square miles (695,662 km2).

According to The Bureau of Economic Analysis, Texas had a gross state product (GSP) of $1.9 trillion in 2019, the second highest in the U.S to California. Its per capita personal income in 2019 was US$52,504

Mineral resources compete with industry for primary economic importance in Texas. The state is the leading U.S. producer of oil and gas. Texas also manufactures an enormous variety of products, including chemicals, food, transportation equipment, machinery, and primary and fabricated metals. Electronic equipment manufacturing, such as computers, has in recent decades become one of the state's leading industries. NASA is located in Houston, Texas.

Benefits for offshore company in Texas, USA

Benefits for offshore company in Texas, USA

  • Professional Growth & Development
  • The state's low taxes
  • Friendly regulatory structure
  • The best state to start a business
  • Minimal formalities

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

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

Texas does not have a corporate income tax. At the same time, Texas has no personal income tax.

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 Texas.

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

The proposed name must be unique and available in Texas.

Board of Directors

Minimum of one manager & member required for an LLC.

Texas 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.

Texas 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 Texas are required to file an Annual Report. The due date is by May 15th every year.

Registered agent:

A Texas Registered Agent is a person or company who agrees to accept legal mail or official notices on behalf of your Texas LLC. 

Employer Identification Number:

An employer identification number (EIN) is a nine-digit number assigned by the IRS. It's used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees.

Annual Report:

Corporations in Texas are required to file an Annual Report. The due date is by May 15th every year.

Stock:

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

Registered agent:

A Texas registered agent is required for Texas Corporations registered with the Secretary of State. The registered agent is the designated contact in Texas for service of process and official notices.

Employer Identification Number:

Employer Identification Numbers are issued for the purpose of tax administration. Applying for an EIN is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

How to start a business in Texas Step by Step:

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 Texas 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 Texas, USA

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

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

General Information
Type of Business Entity Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Corporate Income Tax Yes - 1%
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$ 500.00
Annual Renewal Fees
Our Service Fee (year 2+) US$ 499.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 500.00

Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)

General Information
Type of Business Entity Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)
Corporate Income Tax Yes - 1%
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$ 600.00
Annual Renewal Fees
Our Service Fee (year 2+) US$ 499.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 600.00

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 Texas 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 Texas company, the client is required to pay the Government Fee, US$ 600, including

  • Government Filing cost: US$ 100
  • Registered Agent Fee for 1 year: US$ 500

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 Texas 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 Texas company, the client is required to pay the Government Fee, US$ 800, including

  • Government Filing cost: US$ 100
  • Registered Agent Fee for 1 year: US$ 700

Download forms - Set Up Company in Texas (USA)

1. Application Formation Form

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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

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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

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Texas (C-Corp or S-Corp) Rate card
PDF | 453.00 kB | Updated time: 31 Dec, 2020, 11:11 (UTC+08:00)

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

Texas (C-Corp or S-Corp) Rate card Download
Texas LLC Rate card
PDF | 448.98 kB | Updated time: 31 Dec, 2020, 11:11 (UTC+08:00)

Basic Features and Standard price for Texas LLC

Texas LLC Rate card Download

5. Sample Documents

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FAQs

Company Formation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Set Up Company in Texas (USA)

1. What is a good business to start in Texas?

Finance: Companies providing services such as bookkeeping, accounting, consulting, fundraising can be an ideal starting point. With Texas’s enormous economic scale, second only to California, there are several opportunities for financial services to thrive here. Specialized and affordable financial services are always in demand because small and medium startups cannot spare too much money hiring their own accountant.

Commerce: A shared border with Mexico and the NAFTA agreement significantly help booster trade. Mexico alone accounts for approximately two thirds of Texas’s exports. Commerce is a good business to start in Texas. A company acting as a commerce hub for products from all the other 49 states to gather there then ship to another country and vice versa, for products from South American countries to cross the border and be distributed all over the US is a very solid business.

2. How do I create an LLC in Texas?

Step 1:

Name the LLC. The name has to comply with the state’s regulations and has to not be taken.

Step 2:

Contact a Texas registered agent. One IBC is authorized to be a registered agent with a local office specializing in starting business in Texas by accepting any legal document and providing proper guidance.

Step 3:

File the documents. Send Form 205 - Certificate of Formation for a Limited Liability Company with a filing fee of US$ 300 to Texas Secretary of State. One IBC will provide the application along with detailed guidance on how to fill it.

Step 4:

Create an Operating Agreement. It is a legal document detailing the ownership of the LLC as well as how business will be conducted. To create an LLC in Texas, this is not compulsory but is strongly recommended.

Step 5:

Get an EIN or ITIN. One IBC’s service covers both of these tax ID numbers.

Step 6:

Open a bank account. A local bank account can greatly help the business but the application process is very difficult. With several partner banks, One IBC can help guide customers through this process.

3. How much does it cost to form an LLC in Texas?

A cost of US$ 300 (US$ 308 for online application) for filing fee is incurred when submitting the Certificate of Formation for a Limited Liability Company (Form 205) to the Texas Secretary of State. There is also a US$ 30 for a certified copy of Certificate of Formation and a US$ 5 for a Certificate of Status. Both of these are highly recommended after the Texas corporation formation.

Company name reservation in Texas costs US$ 40 per application. Then there are some service charges for registered agent services. As an authorized agent in Texas. One IBC can also provide the customers with such service with affordable prices.

One IBC offers creating an LLC in Texas with a service of only $ 599.

4. How long does it take to get an LLC in texas?

In Texas an LLC usually takes as long as 2-3 days for an online application and 7-10 days for postal applications. One IBC can submit the application to the Texas Secretary of State on the very same day the customers send in the required documents. It usually takes a day or two for all the papers to be checked by the government office. If the customers have already checked and reserved the company name beforehand, there will be no more waiting. The freshly stamped Certificate of Formation is available. This means the company is official. With One IBC’s service, starting business in Texas is very convenient and is only within just 2 days.

5. Texas corporate filing requirements

Texas corporate filing requirements are not complicated: some forms are one-time-only while others are required regularly. During Texas corporation formation, the Certificate of Formation for LLC or Establishment Certificate for corporation must be submitted to the Texas Secretary of State (SOS).

Annual forms consist of:

  • Annual Report
  • State Business Tax: In Texas, even LLC has to pay franchise tax. This is very complicated and it is advised to consult with One IBC specialist to understand and pay this tax properly.
  • State Employer Tax: If the company hires someone, employer tax has to be paid and state unemployment insurance (UI) tax.
  • Sales and Use Tax: If the company is doing business in Texas, it has to pay sales tax.
  • Registration in Other States: If the company is doing business in other states, it needs to register and file corresponding papers. Check One IBC 50 states guide for more details.
6. Does an LLC expire in Texas?

During formation, the owner(s) of the LLC can designate its lifetime in the Article of Incorporation. After said date, if the company is planning to continue its business activity due to any reason, a new date has to be set and notified with the Texas government. If no date is stated, the LLC does not expire but continues on. Additionally, Texas does not require an annual report so the expiry date can be set at the owner(s)’ leisure.

In the case that the owner(s) wants to end the LLC not by a specific date but by a specific event, occurrences that shall make an LLC expire in Texas such as bankruptcy or a member's death can also be agreed upon. Therefore, One IBC greatly recommends an LLC because it is very flexible for customers starting a small business in Texas.

7. Is an LLC the same as a business license?

The answer is no, it is not. An LLC provides the owner(s) with a legal business entity while a license allows the company to conduct business in specific industry or with specific product and service. Therefore, an LLC is not the same as a business license. The LLC has to be set up first then the owner(s) can apply for the required licences. If the customers need any help with business licenses, One IBC is happy to resolve any inquiry and help with the application process.

8. What are accounting services in Texas?

Accounting services in Texas will produce financial records, track revenues and expenses, and provide consulting on overall financial health. This will help the company plan ahead and make financially sound decisions.

Many accounting services in Texas also help with tax obligations. They can ensure any financial reporting practice is following IRS regulations, determine tax liability, and adhere to the filing requirements and deadlines. These include federal, state and local tax returns.

In addition, there are specialized areas depending on the customers’ needs such as:

  • Auditing (very important if the company is looking for a bank loan)
  • Business advisory (for financial planning, insurance, mergers or litigation)
  • Forensic accounting (for reviewing financial statements, computer systems and other accounting information to uncover embezzlement, tampering and other financial wrongdoing)

Obviously these will cost extra fees but overall they are much cheaper than hiring a full time specialist to handle these tasks.

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