Dissolution is the official closure of a business entity with the state. If you form a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation, then you must file Articles of Dissolution with the state in order to formally and compliantly close your business.
If you want to dissolve your business, there are several steps you need to take. While the specifics may differ depending on your business type and other factors, they will generally include:
Depending on whether your business is publicly or privately held, the owners or board of directors must first create a resolution to dissolve.
Once this resolution is agreed upon by all shareholders, you will need to file your Articles of Dissolution with the Secretary of State’s Office in the state where your business is registered.
Read our guide to learn more about the specific steps in an LLC dissolution.
Upon filing your Articles of Dissolution, you need to take care of any outstanding responsibilities in order to close your business in good standing with the state and all shareholders. This generally means:
You can also find more detailed information on the steps to take when closing your business.
A few other names for dissolution include:
When you decide to close your business and follow all of the steps listed above, it is referred to as “voluntary dissolution.” This simply means that you dissolved your business on your own accord.
Unfortunately, businesses are also sometimes dissolved as the result of being out of compliance with the state. You business could fall into bad standing for the following reasons:
When your business is out of compliance, the state can choose to dissolve it. This is referred to as involuntary dissolution. Luckily, businesses that have been involuntarily dissolved can take the necessary steps for getting back into compliance and file for reinstatement.
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