I get asked all the time, “where are the best states to form an LLC?” People have all heard about Delaware, Nevada, or Wyoming. They have heard that Delaware or Nevada have better privacy or protection. Years ago that was true. So people expect me to tell them that one of these states is the best states to form LLC in.
They can’t believe it when I tell them that the best states to form an LLC is their own state.
Originally Delaware had very good corporate protection. For years, it made sense to form an LLC or corporation there. The Limited Liability Company was originally conceived and formed in Wyoming, so of course thirty years ago it made sense that one of the best states to form an LLC was Wyoming. Nevada got on board quickly and made their company privacy and tax laws very favorable.
It didn’t take the other states very long to realize that they were losing company business to these three states. Today all of the states have passed laws that make LLC formation competitive with Delaware, Nevada and Wyoming.
The Nevada laws and other state laws are all about the same. You can’t really name any advantage to using an out of state LLC. In fact, whatever state you are doing business in will charge you all their fees, make you subject to their laws, and control what you do. So if you form an LLC in another state, it may double your cost.
This means that the best states to form LLC happens to be the state where you live.