Learn How to Form an Idaho Professional Limited Liability Company

In some states, professionals that hold a license can form a professional limited liability company (PLLC) rather than the more common LLC.

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Certain licensed professionals in Idaho can form an Idaho professional limited liability company (PLLC). There are multiple steps to creating a PLLC and checking that it complies with state requirements. Let’s walk through how to set up a PLLC in Idaho.

What is a professional limited liability company in Idaho? 

An Idaho PLLC is a special type of business structure for licensed individuals providing one or more professional services. All members of a PLLC must have a professional license for the services the PLLC offers. The business can provide one or more “allied professional services,” as long as the combination of services isn’t prohibited by the profession’s regulating authority.  Allied professional services are those that are frequently offered together because they’re so related in substance.

A PLLC provides liability protection to its members, meaning their personal assets are protected from lawsuits filed against the PLLC or debts owed by the PLLC. However, a member is personally liable for his or her own professional malpractice or the malpractice of a subordinate.

Who can form a PLLC in Idaho?

Any person licensed in one of the following professions can form an Idaho PLLC: 

  • Architecture
  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Landscape architecture
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Physical therapy 
  • Podiatry
  • Professional geology
  • Psychology
  • Certified or licensed public accountancy
  • Social work
  • Surveying
  • Veterinary medicine

All members of the PLLC must have the proper Idaho professional license to practice. 

Choose a name for your Idaho PLLC

Your PLLC’s name needs to meet Idaho’s naming requirements. By law, the name of your PLLC must include one of the following:

  • Professional Limited Liability Company
  • Professional Limited Company
  • P.L.L.C. 
  • PLLC

When choosing a name, you need to check that it’s available for use. With our name reservation service, we will do the research for you by checking to see if any other business is using your preferred name. We can also reserve the name while you prepare your filing paperwork. 

To give your business an online presence, you may also consider a domain name for your PLLC. We offer domain registration services and can secure your unique domain name for future use. 

Select an Idaho registered agent

A registered agent is a person or entity who accepts legal documents on behalf of your PLLC. In Idaho, a registered agent can be either an individual, including yourself, or an entity that is registered to do business in Idaho.

Your registered agent must have a physical address in Idaho and be available to accept legal documents (such as subpoenas) during regular business hours. 

ZenBusiness can help your PLLC find a registered agent in Idaho. With our registered agent services, we can help you meet all Idaho’s requirements.

Complete and file Idaho Articles of Organization

Any qualifying professional acting on behalf of the PLLC as the organizer can file the Articles of Organization with the state. Idaho calls these organizing documents a Certificate of Organization, and they must be filed with the Secretary of State. 

The Certificate of Organization for an Idaho PLLC needs to include the following information:

  • The name of the PLLC
  • The address of the company’s principal office
  • Designation of a registered agent, including their name and address
  • The name and address of at least one “governor” of the PLLC
  • A statement that the company is a PLLC and which profession the PLLC’s members are licensed or legally authorized to provide services for

A “governor” is either a manager of a manager-managed PLLC or a member of a member-managed PLLC. 

It’s important to decide the type of management structure of your PLLC. With a manager-managed PLLC, one or more persons are designated to make the business decisions. In a member-managed PLLC, all the members participate in managing the business.

Create an Idaho operating agreement for the PLLC

An operating agreement is a key business document that outlines the operations and management of a company and the obligations and responsibilities of the members. Idaho doesn’t require PLLCs to file an operating agreement, but it’s a good idea to create one.

You can draft your own agreement, hire an attorney to write one, or use a template. 

Handle Idaho tax obligations

Federal Requirements

To meet your federal tax filing obligations, your PLLC needs an employer identification number (EIN). An EIN is similar to a social security number but for your business. To hire employees or open a business bank account, you need an EIN. You can apply for one yourself through the IRS or, you can use our EIN services and we will get one for you. 

State Requirements

Any entity registered to do business in Idaho must file an income tax return with the state. Your PLLC may be subject to a number of different state taxes, such as unemployment insurance tax. Visit the Idaho State Tax Commission to learn more about which taxes your PLLC may owe.

Local Requirements

For any local tax requirements and obligations, it’s best to contact the local tax authority where your business operates.

Obtain Idaho business licenses and permits

To operate an Idaho PLLC, you may need certain business licenses and permits. Licensing can be on the federal, state, and/or local level, so it’s your responsibility to know and obtain all that apply. 

There may also be industry-specific licenses and permits, so contact the regulatory authority for your profession. Visit Idaho’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses for more information.

With our business license service, our partners at Business Licenses, LLC, can do the research for you and compile a list of any licensing and permit requirements there may be on all government levels.

Acquire insurance for your Idaho PLLC

If your Idaho PLLC has employees, it will need workers’ compensation insurance. There is an exemption, however, for limited liability companies (LLC), which includes PLLCs. When an LLC employs a working member of the LLC, the state doesn’t require workers’ compensation insurance for that employee.

Most general business insurance and professional liability insurance, such as medical malpractice insurance, are optional. But to protect your business and yourself, you may want to consider getting either or both types of insurance. 

Open a business bank account 

The IRS recommends that all small businesses have a business bank account. This helps to keep your personal and business finances separate and makes tax filing time much easier.

To open a bank account for your PLLC, you need an EIN. 

Get started with your Idaho PLLC today

For licensed professionals who want to start a business in Idaho, a PLLC may be a great option. At ZenBusiness, we provide many services that can help you run and grow your Idaho PLLC today. Let’s get started together.

Idaho PLLC FAQs

  • What are the filing fees for an Idaho PLLC?

    You can find the current Idaho PLLC filing fees on sos.idaho.gov. Although you can file by mail, it’s cheaper to use electronic filing. The typical turnaround time for processing documents is 7 to 10 business days. You can request expedited service for an additional fee.

  • Do I need a lawyer to form an Idaho PLLC?

    No, you can form an Idaho PLLC without a lawyer. If you choose to form your PLLC by yourself, ZenBusiness is here to help you along the way with the following services:
    Reserving a business name
    Appointing a registered agent
    Applying for an EIN
    Securing a business domain name
    With our partners at Business Licenses, LLC, we can also research and report any federal, state, local, and industry-specific licenses and permits your business needs.

  • Does Idaho have a professional corporation (PC) entity?

    Yes, Idaho calls it a professional service corporation.

  • Can professionals from different fields form an Idaho PLLC together?

    As long as the rules and regulations of the specific professions don’t prohibit the combination of professional services, then multiple services can be offered together.

  • How will I be taxed as an Idaho PLLC?

    PLLCs in Idaho are taxed like other limited liability companies and enjoy the benefit of pass-through taxation. Pass-through taxation is where business income passes through to the members and is subject to tax only once when reported on each member’s income tax return. As with other LLCs, you can also elect to be taxed as a C corporation or an S corporation.

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