Wisconsin LLC Annual Report
LLCs formed in Wisconsin need to file this report with the Wisconsin Secretary of State each and every year. i.e., annually. Read about how to file this report.
What is an LLC?
Limited Liability Company
LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.
Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.
A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.
Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.
Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.
Why file the report?
Wisconsin LLC Annual Report
An annual report is used to keep an LLC’s contact information up-to-date and to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state of Wisconsin.
Filed every year
Each and every LLCs formed in Wisconsin must file this report every year.
Update your contact information
The annual report can be used to update your business email address.
Annual report can only be filed online. There is no option to file by mail
Change in Registered agent name and address
You can also change your Registered agent name and address by updating it on the annual report when it is due.
Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Wisconsin:
How to file Annual Report in Wisconsin?
Follow these steps:
1. Visit official website
Every Wisconsin LLC is required to file an annual report each year. The due date for your Wisconsin LLC annual report is the last day of the quarter your LLC was approved.
Head over to Wisconsin's official website to file this report.
The Annual report must be postmarked, complete and compliant, within the filing period to avoid issues.
LLC Annual Report
Every LLC has to file this report in Wisconsin to stay compliant with the state laws.
Articles of Organization
In Wisconsin, Articles of Organization is the form you file with the Secretary of State to form an LLC. It contains the articles of formation for the LLC.
Filing Articles of Organization
There are a couple of ways to file
File it online on Department of Financial Institutions website
Mail a form to the state department
State of WI - Dept. of Financial Institutions
P.O. Box 93348
Milwaukee, WI 53293
Online processing time
Mail processing time
Every LLC should have a unique name in Wisconsin. Wisconsin maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.
Search for names
Go to the official website of the Wisconsin search corporate records tool to see if the name you want is available.
You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Wisconsin corporation section of the division of corporate & consumer services. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.
LLC naming guidelines
The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.
Wisconsin Statutes §183.0103
Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:
Must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited liability co." or end with the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC".
Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.
Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.
Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.
Frequently asked questions
LLC Annual Report in Wisconsin
It is very important to maintain full compliance in Wisconsin. Filing these reports helps you protect your personal assets by maintaining limited liability and also to be in good standing with the state. Read our guides to learn how to start and manage a business in Wisconsin.
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