Delaware LLC Company Formation

The Delaware LLC is often referred to as hybrid company because it combines the advantages of a corporation with pass-through tax status of a partnership.

Company Formation in Delaware - Form a Delaware LLC online

Delaware LLC company structure

LLC member

A Delaware LLC formation requires at least one member (single member LLC). There is no maximum number of members for a Delaware LLC. Anyone, no matter of which nationality and where resident in the world, can be a member. Corporate members are permitted and widely used.
Delaware LLC members

LLC manager

The members either decide to manage the LLC themselves (member-managed LLC) or appoint a third-party manager (manager-managed LLC). Any person(s) the members consider to be suitable can be appointed as a manager.
Delaware LLC managers

Operating agreement

The members voting rights, company operation procedures and manager's duties are drafted in the LLC operating agreement. In absence of such operating agreement the default provisions of the Delaware company laws apply. The term "freedom of contract" was invented in Delaware, therefore the operating agreement can even be written in foreign languages and there is no English translation required.
Delaware LLC Operating Agreement

No minimum capital

There is no minimum capital required to form a Delaware LLC. Capital contributions to the LLC may be made either in cash, goods, services or know-how.
No minimum capital required to form a Delaware LLC

Delaware registered agent

There is however a legal requirement to maintain a registered agent in Delaware. Futuramax do provide registered agent services in Delaware and the registered agent fee for the first year is included in the formation costs.
Registered Agent Delaware

The Delaware LLC advantages

  • Online company formation, often completed within minutes
  • The LLC has a separate legal personality from its owners
  • A Delaware LLC may operate in the USA or worldwide
  • Only one member required to form a Delaware LLC
  • A third-party manager can be appointed (optional)
  • Privacy: Member / manager names not held on public record
  • No minimum capital contribution required
  • Members and managers are not personally liable for debts
  • Easy to administer, only minimal annual compliance required
  • Tax-transparent entity / pass-through taxation

A Delaware LLC can be used for

  • Any type of international business
  • To start a company or subsidiary in the United States
  • As an investment or finance vehicle
  • To own real estate and property
  • To own a yacht, aircraft or a car / truck

Member / manager privacy

Unlike many other countries and most US states, Delaware allows so called "anonymous filing". Neither the LLC member/manager names and addresses nor the operating agreement are part of the public company record in Delaware. This provides an extra layer of privacy.

Asset protection

A Delaware LLC separates a member's personal assets from the ones owned by the LLC. Members are neither personally liable for debts of the LLC nor can a member's creditor take over her/his voting rights in the LLC.

Pass-through taxation*

The LLC is not taxed at corporate level and therefore not subject to corporate income tax. Delaware LLC's are fiscally transparent pass-through entities. If all LLC members are non-US resident and the business is done abroad the LLC is not subject to Delaware taxation (apart from franchise tax).

No annual meeting required

There is no requirement to hold annual meetings for a Delaware LLC. This simplifies admin matters for a small business and also avoids creditors "piecing the corporate veil" as they could do with a corporation not run according to strict rules.

Delaware LLC franchise tax*

All Delaware LLC's, regardless of where they do business, pay a flat $300 annual LLC franchise tax to the State of Delaware. Due date for franchise tax payments is the 1st day of June in subsequent years.