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Illinois is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of the United States. Illinois borders Wisconsin to the North, Michigan via a water boundary in Lake Michigan to the Northeast, Indiana to the East, and Kentucky to Southeast. The Mississippi River forms a natural border with Missouri and Iowa in the west.

The capital of Illinois is Springfield, which is located in the central part of the state. Illinois has a total area of 57,915 square miles (149,997 km2).


Illinois has a population of 12.67 million people as of 2019.


The official language of Illinois is English. Nearly 80% of people in Illinois speak English natively, and most of the rest speak it fluently as a second language.

Over 20% of Illinoians speak another language at home, Spanish is by far the most spoken, at more than 12% of the total population.

The Government of Illinois is the governmental structure as established by the Constitution of Illinois, including 3 branches:

  • The legislature of Illinois is the General Assembly, a bicameral body consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives;
  • The Executive branch headed by the Governor;
  • The highest judicial power is the Supreme Court of Illinois, and 6 lower courts.

According to The Bureau of Economic Analysis, the GDP of Illinois estimates for 2019 was $897.12 billion. Illinois's per capita personal income in 2019 was $61,713.

The economy of Illinois is the fifth largest by GDP in the United States and one of the most diversified economies in the world. Major sectors of the economy are agriculture, manufacturing, services, investment, energy, education, etc.


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The business laws of Illinois are user-friendly and often adopted by other states as a standard for testing business laws. As a result, the business laws of Illinois are familiar to many lawyers both in the US and internationally. Illinois has a common law system.

Type of Company/Corporation:

One IBC supply incorporation in Illinois service with the common type Limited Liability Company (LLC) and C-Corp or S-Corp.

Business Restriction:

The use of the bank, trust, insurance, or reinsurance within the name of the LLC is generally prohibited as limited liability companies in most states are not allowed to engage in a banking or insurance business.

Company Name Restriction:

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its certificate of formation: Shall contain the words "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or the designation "LLC";

  • May contain the name of a member or manager;
  • Must be such as to distinguish it upon the records in the office of the Secretary of State from the name on such records of any corporation, partnership, limited partnership, statutory trust or limited liability company reserved, registered, formed or organized under the laws of the State of Illinois or qualified to do business.
  • May contain the following words: "Company," "Association," "Club," "Foundation," "Fund," "Institute," "Society," "Union," "Syndicate," "Limited" or "Trust" (or abbreviations of like import)

Company Information privacy:

No public register of company officers.

Just 4 simple steps are given to start a business in Illinois:

  • Step 1: Select basic Resident/Founder nationality information and other additional services that you want (if any).
  • Step 2: 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).
  • Step 3: Choose your payment method (We accept payment by Credit/Debit Card, PayPal, or Wire Transfer).
  • Step 4: 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 Illinois 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 service.

* These documents required to incorporate a company in Illinois:

  • Passport of each shareholder/beneficial owner and director;
  • Proof of residential address of each director and shareholder (Must be in English or certified translation version);
  • The proposed company names;
  • The issued share capital and par value of shares.

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How to start a business in Illinois, USA

Share Capital:

There is no minimum or a maximum number of authorized shares since Illinois incorporation fees are not based on the share structure.


Only one director required


Minimum number of shareholders is one

Illinois company taxation:

Companies of primary interest to offshore investors are the corporation and the limited liability company (LLC). LLCs are a hybrid of a corporation and a partnership: they share the legal features of a corporation but may choose to be taxed as a corporation, partnership, or trust.

  • Us Federal Taxation: US Limited Liability companies structured for partnership tax treatment with non-resident members and which conduct no business in the US and which have no US-source income are not subject to US federal income tax and are not required to file a US income tax return.
  • State Taxation: US limited liability companies that conduct no business in the recommended states of formation with non-resident members are generally not subject to state income tax and are not required to file a state income tax return.

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Local Agent:

Illinois law requires that every business have Registered Agent in the State of Illinois who may be either an individual resident or business that is authorised to do business in the State of Illinois

Double Taxation Agreements:

Illinois, as the state-level jurisdiction within the US, has no tax treaties with non-US jurisdictions or double tax treaties with other states in the US. Rather, in the case of individual taxpayers, double taxation is minimised by providing credits against Illinois taxation for taxes paid in other states.

In the case of corporate taxpayers, double taxation is minimised through allocation and appointment rules related to the income of corporations engaged in multi-state business.

License Fee & Levy:

In order to form an LLC in Illinois, you'll need to file Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State. Illinois charges a $150 fee to process this document. An additional fee will be incurred if you choose to work with a professional business formation service (recommended) or require expedited processing.

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Payment, Company return due date:


Your Illinois LLC Annual Report is due before the first day of your LLC's anniversary month.

Your LLC's anniversary month is the month that your LLC was approved by the Illinois Secretary of State.

After you form an LLC in Illinois, you must file an Annual Report and pay a $75 fee every year.


Illinois Filing Due Date: Corporate income tax returns are due by March 15 - or by the 15th day of the 3rd month following the close of the taxable year (for fiscal year filers).

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