Starting a Business in Oregon Checklist

Check business name availability

First, search online to see if your business name is available for use:
http://egov.sos.state.or.us/br/pkg_web_name_srch_inq.login

The name of a limited liability company in Oregon must contain the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. The name must be distinguishable from other names of limited liability companies, corporate names, professional corporate names, nonprofit corporate names, cooperatives, limited partnerships, business trusts, reserved names, registered corporate names, or assumed business names.

Oregon corporations must follow similar guidelines. Corporation names must be distinguishable and feature some form of the word “Incorporated”, either in abbreviation or some other acceptable form.

File paperwork to form your business

Now you are ready to form your Oregon corporation or Oregon LLC! You can file your Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization online at https://secure.sos.state.or.us/ABNWeb/. Online filings are usually processed the same day. If you prefer, you may submit the paper forms by mail, fax, or in person. If you mail the form, be prepared to wait 1-2 weeks for processing. If you want your paperwork processed more quickly than that, you can send documents via courier/express mail or fax your documents for one day processing. Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization will cost $100 to file.

You’ll need to include the following in your Oregon business formation documents:

- Business name

- Registered agent name and addresses

- Number of shares (corporations only)

- Structure of company (LLCs only)

- Incorporator/organizer name and address

- Filer’s name, signature, and title

If you don’t want to file your business’ legal formation documents yourself, you can incorporate in Oregon with Northwest Registered Agent.

Corporations Division

Secretary of State
Corporations Division
255 Capitol St NE, Ste 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327
T: (503) 986-2200
F: (503) 378-4381
corporation.division@state.or.us
www.filinginoregon.com

Register with the Department of Revenue

After your business is formed, you can use the Online Business Registration System to register for sales tax and income tax withholding http://www.oregon.gov/business/Pages/index.aspx

Sales Tax:

Oregon does not have sales tax.

Income Tax:

Personal income tax rates range from 5% to 9.9%.

Corporate income tax ranges from 6.6% to 7.6%. If Oregon taxable income is $250,000 or less, tax rate is 6.6%. If Oregon taxable income is more than $250,000, multiply the amount that is more than $250,000 by 7.6%, and add $16,500.

Oregon Department of Revenue

Department of Revenue
955 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-2555
P: (503) 378-4988
F: (503) 945-8738

Get a business license

There is no general state business license but you may need a business license based on your location or occupation. The Oregon Business Wizard helps you determine which licenses your business will need and gives you step by step instructions and contact info:
http://www.filinginoregon.com/pages/business_registry/info_center/businesswizard.html

Any other registration requirements?

Even if there is no business license required, you should check with your local government to see if your business requires other permits or licenses.

City of Portland

If you do business in the City of Portland or Multnomah County, you need to register for the City of Portland Business License Tax and Multnomah County Business Income Tax. You can register your business by mail, fax, or online. Forms are available on the City of Portland website.

City of Eugene

Lane County does not require a business license and the City of Eugene only requires certain businesses to be licensed. The city of Eugene issues licenses to payday lenders, public passenger vehicles, and tobacco retail sales outlets.

Local License Info

City of Portland
City of Portland
111 SW Columbia, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97201
P 503-823-5157
F: 503-823-5192
http://www.pdxbl.org/

City of Eugene

Business License Program
Atrium Building
99 West 10th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
P: 541-682-5379
http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?nid=820

Collect and Charge Sales Tax

Do I need to collect Oregon sales tax?

Oregon does not have sales tax.

Department of Revenue

Department of Revenue
955 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-2555
P: (503) 378-4988
F: (503) 945-8738
http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/BUS/pages/index.aspx