I want to incorporate my freelance business as an LLC in New York, but privacy is very important to me. If I am the only owner/employee of the company, and I get a registered agent to file the Articles of Organization for me, will that keep my name out of public record and off the internet? Or will there be other cases (such as when doing my taxes, or getting the certificate of publication, etc) where my name/home address will appear in public record?
If you use a commercial registered agent and somebody else (such as an attorney) to act as the incorporator/organizer, then yes, there are ways to keep your name out of the public record (and certainly internet searches) in relation to your single member LLC.
However, when it comes to filing taxes, your personal information will be required to some extent, as a single member LLC will be reported as a disregarded entity for federal tax purposes on Schedule C of your IRS Form 1040 Income Tax Return. However, this is not in the public record.
If you wish to keep your information out of the public record and maximize privacy, contact an attorney with experience in doing so. I have this specific experience, and would be happy to discuss your options with you.
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I agree with my colleague that there are ways to keep you name out of the public record. You should consult with a local business attorney to discuss your situation and advise you in private as to your options. Good luck.
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It's always a good idea to contact an attorney. However, if you do not want to do that, there are LLC filing services (I often use Interstate Filings LLC, but there are many good companies). You could give them a call and discuss with them.
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