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Registered Agent Service for LLC: Service and Solutions

Updated on January 1, 2012
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Keith Schroeder writes The Wealthy Accountant blog with 30 years experience in the tax field. He is the tax adviser of Mr. Money Mustache.

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A corporation and LLC require a registered agent (RA) in the state where they transact business. The RA must be located in the state and have a physical location; no P.O. boxes allowed. The RA must be available during all business hours for process of service. In layman’s terms, the RA is available to receive lawsuits against you. Registered agents perform additional duties, but process of service is a biggie.

Most individuals and corporations can serve as your registered agent. You can serve as your own registered agent as long as you have presence in the state. The real question is: Should you be your own registered agent? I think it is a bad idea to be your own RA. The cost of having an RA is small, usually $.25 to $.50 per day.

Depending on your business, your RA can provide significant or rare service. Think of it this way: If you are your own RA, all legal document will be served you at your place of business. Example: A restaurant may never know they are being sued by a patron for food poisoning until the process server shows up at the restaurant and serves you in front of your customers.

Tax Prep & Accounting Services, Inc. acts as RA for many clients. Process service arrives at my office, not theirs. Even simple legal issues, like an employee garnishment, are handled out-of-sight from your customers and employees. When I receive process of service in my office, I discreetly contact the business owner and get them the documents.

We handle RA services for a variety of clients. If you are in need of an RA (all corporations and LLCs), contact me. We only handle Wisconsin. Our fee for registered agent services is a fraction of our competitors, national or local. We offer RA services even if we don’t prepare your tax return.


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