Starting a Business in Indiana Checklist

Check business name availability with the Indiana Secretary of State

Start by doing a search to see if your business name is available:
https://secure.in.gov/sos/online_corps/name_search.aspx

All you need to do in this step is make sure the name is available, that it is not already the name of an existing business. In Indiana, you do not need to reserve your business’ name prior to completing your business filing.

Indiana Secretary of State

Indiana Secretary of State
Business Services Division
302 W. Washington Street
Room E018
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: 317-232-6581
F: 317-233-3387

File paperwork to form my business

You form a new business entity by filing the documents with the Indiana Secretary of State. To form a corporation, file Articles of Incorporation and pay the $90 filing fee. To form an Indiana LLC, file Articles of Organization and pay the $90 fee. If you mail your documents, processing takes 3-5 days. Walk-in and express-mail filings received by noon will be completed by noon the following business day. Filings received after 12 p.m. will be completed at noon in two business days. You can only fax file if you set up a prepaid account.

To incorporate or form an LLC in Indiana, you need to include the following information about your business:

- Business name

- Authorized share information (corporations only)

- The name, signature, and address of each incorporator/organizer

- The name and registered office address of the registered agent

- Indication of management structure (LLCs only)

Filing online is a great option. Online filings are completed within minutes. https://secure.in.gov/sos/registration/select_entity_type.aspx

If for some reason you don’t feel comfortable completing the filing or would rather have a professional do it, you can incorporate in Indiana with Northwest Registered Agent.

Business Services Division

Indiana Secretary of State
Business Services Division
302 W. Washington Street
Room E018
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: 317-232-6581
F: 317-233-3387

Register with the Department of Revenue

You have to submit the Department of Revenue business tax application online https://secure.in.gov/apps/dor/bt1/

Income Tax:

The Indiana corporate tax rate is currently 7.5%.
Indiana’s personal income tax rate is 3.4%.

Sales Tax:

The Indiana sales tax rate is 7%.

Withholding Tax:

The state income tax withholding rate is 3.4 percent. The county withholding tax rate depends on where the employee resides.

The department of revenue has multiple district office locations listed on their website at http://www.in.gov/dor/3390.htm. Each type of tax has a different PO Box so read your forms carefully before mailing them.

Department of Revenue

Indianapolis Taxpayer Services
100 N. Senate Avenue, Room N105
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: 317-232-2240
F: 317-232-1021

Get a business license

There is no state business license but some businesses need a trade or professional license. Check with Indiana Professional Licensing Agency to see if you or your business requires additional licensing http://www.in.gov/pl

Any other registration requirements?

Check with the city where you do business to see if they have licensing requirements.

City of Indianapolis and Marion County

Indianapolis has different business license applications for various activities. Business license applications are available for download at http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DCE/Licenses/BusinessLicensing/Pages/licensing.aspx

Lake County

There is no Lake County business license requirement. But you should always check with the county to see if your business requires any specific permits.

City of Hammond

The Hammond City Controller issues licenses to certain types of businesses. You can download applications online at http://www.gohammond.com/web/54.0.0.1.0.0.phtml

Local licensing info

City of Indianapolis and Marion County

Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement
1200 Madison Avenue, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46225
P: 317-327-4316
F: 317-327-0817

Lake County

Lake County
2293 N Main Street
Crown Point, Indiana 46307

City of Hammond

City Controller’s Office
Hammond City Hall, 1st Floor
5925 Calumet Avenue
Hammond, IN 46320
P: 219-853-6324
F: 219-853-6345

Collect and Charge Sales Tax

Do I need to collect Illinois sales tax?

Every business selling tangible goods in Indiana will need a Retail Merchant Certificate.

What is the Indiana sales tax rate?

The Indiana state sales tax rate is 7%.

How do I register for Illinois sales tax?

You have to get a Retail Merchant Certificate from the Illinois Department of Revenue. Complete the business tax application online at https://secure.in.gov/apps/dor/bt1/
After you submit your business tax application online, the Indiana Department of Revenue will contact you regarding your application within 48 hours.

How much does an Indiana Retail Merchant Certificate cost?

There is a $25 fee.

Indianapolis Taxpayer Services

Indianapolis Taxpayer Services
100 N. Senate Avenue, Room N105
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-4015
http://www.in.gov/dor/index.htm