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Limited partnership registration in Delaware for non-residents: although the US state of Delaware offers a number of attractive features to companies that form a limited partnership in the region, there may be a number of people who feel that these facilities are not available to non-residents. At Coddan Ltd, we are passionate about making Delaware limited partnership incorporation accessible to clients from all over the world, and our specialists have a comprehensive understanding of the necessary procedures and paperwork. We have managed to simplify the entire process, and this means that it has never been easier to form a limited partnership in the "Diamond State". It all begins with a simple questionnaire, and the end result is that you will be in the company of a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Establish a limited partnership in Delaware: in order to register a limited partnership in Delaware, there is no need to have a resident member or a partner - the only similar requirement is that you have a registered expert within the state. This is where the specialists at Coddan Ltd come into their own, and they are able to arrange the necessary legal foundations that will lead to the eventual business formation. If you wish to maintain some kind of actual presence within Delaware, we can also arrange for a mailing address complete with a Delaware zip code. When items are mailed to this address, they can then be forwarded to you at your physical location elsewhere, and letters can also be opened and processed on site.
While limited partnership formations in other global locations may require a physical presence, such as a limited or a general partner, limited partnership formations in Delaware are far more straightforward - Coddan Ltd can handle everything from the initial information gathering to the ongoing maintenance of the Delaware limited partnership. Being located thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean is no longer a barrier to being able to take advantage of Delaware's corporation and sales tax breaks, and you can find out more by giving us a call on 0207 935 5171 or 0330 808 0089. If you would prefer to make an enquiry by email, our team of formation experts can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as you make contact with Coddan Ltd, you will realise that we have an unrivalled level of local knowledge - this is what sets us apart from other agencies that simply provide submission services.
Registration of limited partnership in Delaware for non-US customers: there are various advantages for businesses that choose to set up as limited partnerships in Delaware. These include a favourable taxation regime and sophisticated business legislation that allows a great deal of flexibility in how companies are structured. Coddan Ltd has extensive experience in establishing limited partnerships in Delaware and can offer a range of services to make the process straightforward. These range from nominee members to a registered office address in Wilmington, the state capital of Delaware. We also offer bookkeeping and administrative services. Limited partnerships offer a convenient way to structure complicated entities with high risk components, partnerships with silent members and certain professional businesses.
Limited partnerships in Delaware and Scotland are unique from the terms outlined in the limited partnershipterms of the rest of the UK and USA. Within both cases, limited partnerships in Delaware and Scotland are ideal for controlling liability within a partnership. This is because both models of limited partnership make the distinction between a 'limited partner' and a 'general partner'.
A general partner retains liability for the entire partnership, meaning that if a partnership defaults on any investment loans it has received, the general partner is responsible for recuperating this loss. On the other hand, a limited partner is recognised as having a lesser role in the partnership, and as such, is shielded from liability within both instances. In addition to this, within the Delaware and Scottish limited partnership models, the partnership itself can function as an entity and can buy property, take out loans and file court cases, all under the name of the partnership. This is something unheard of within wider UK and USA stature, and makes membership to a Delaware or Scottish limited partnership very desirable.
Within both models, tax is taken directly from the partners themselves, depending upon their role within the partnership. It is presumed that profits will be divided in a manner that reflects this, therefore, the fairest way to tax a limited partnership is in ratio to the amount of responsibility a partner has, i.e whether they are a limited or general partner.
However, there are some slight differences between the two models when it comes to administration. In Delaware, the Secretary of State has a bigger presence in the process of establishing a limited partnership than what the Scottish equivalent, Companies House, has in the UK. Information on the partnership must be filed with the Secretary of State every year, along with an annual renewal fee. If this is not completed, the Secretary of State can nullify the partnership until the annual fee, lateness penalties and reactivation costs are paid. This is not the case in Scotland, where the administration process is much more straightforward.
Generally, in Scotland, companies have to file annual accounts with Companies House, Edinburgh, in order to assist with the transparent taxation process. This step is not required when in a limited partnership registered in Scotland. However, accounts must still be submitted to HMRC. The HMRC is really the only state body that needs to be taken into consideration within a Scottish limited partnership. Accounts are filed with HMRC only. On the other hand, in Delaware, accounts must be filed with the Secretary of State and the Inland Revenue. Unhelpfully, these two organisations depend paperwork on different dates, which means you have to file two sets of paperwork containing two sets of up-to-date accounting information.
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A limited partnership is a business with more than one owner that has not filed papers to become a corporation or a limited liability company (LLC). To establish a limited partnership in Delaware, you do not need to draw up a formal agreement with the other owner - just agreeing to go into business with another person will prove sufficient. However, you will need to register your partnership with the State's Division of Corporations.
You can register your partnership yourself or you can instruct the company formation team here at Coddan to take this action on your behalf. If you choose to use our services, we will diligently file all the following information with the Division of Corporations, ensuring that it sets up your partnership in a timely manner:
Your limited partnership business name: in Delaware, you may use the surnames of your partners or a fictitious name when registering your limited partnership in USA. If you wish to use a fictitious business name, it must be distinguishable from the name of any other company already registered with the state. You must also choose a trade name, which we will file on your behalf prior to your partnership's start date.
Your registered expert: as part of the registration process, your will need to appoint a registered expert with a physical address in Delaware. Your registered expert in the State of Delaware will be responsible for receiving and sending important legal and tax documents on behalf of your partnership. Such documents may include notices of litigation and tax documents sent by Delaware's taxation department. If you lack a suitable registered expert, we will obtain one on your behalf.
Once we have set up a limited partnership, we will help you to obtain the following information:
An Employer Identification Number: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires you to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN), a nine-digit number issued for tax reporting purposes, regardless of whether you have employees. Your EIN will not reflect your partnershi's tax status, but will provide you with an identification number to list on any federal and state forms you are required to fill in.
Any necessary permits, licenses and zoning clearances: depending on the type of activities you wish to engage in, you may need to obtain a license for your partnership. In addition to advising you on any necessary licenses you require, we will determine whether any local regulations, such as the need for building permits and zoning clearances, apply to your partnership.
At Coddan we understand that choosing between the various company structures for your business can be a confusing process. For this reason, we do all we can to ensure our clients make informed decisions. In this article we discuss some of the key features that exist in a limited partnership (LP) and a limited liability partnerships (LLP) incorporated in Delaware.
Structure and management: a limited partnership consists of at least one general partner and at least one limited partner. These positions may be held by individuals or corporate bodies. The general partner is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business's interests. All other partners are "silent". However, an LLP does not have a general partner. This is because every partner in an LLP is able to participate in the management of the company's daily activities.
Purpose: limited partnerships in Delaware can be formed by any business type. The exact requirements for formation of an LLP can vary from state to state.
Liability: the liability of partners in each type of business structure is another area where differences can be found between limited partnerships and LLPs. Liability is often a matter of high importance to our clients. In a limited partnership, the general partner has unlimited liability for company losses and debts. The limited partners in a limited partnership, as their title would suggest, have a limited liability for such losses and debts.
However, in an LLP, all partners have limited liability provided they are not responsible for creating the problem or bad debt. As with limited partnerships, liability is typically limited to the amount of capital investment made by the partner into the LLP. This is a reassuring feature for many professionals who form an LLP; their personal assets are not at risk from the negligent advice or actions of another partner.
Since limited liability can never be afforded to a general partner in an LP, those considering the formation of an LP must carefully consider this potential burden. Should a limited partnership owe a large amount of money to a creditor, the general partner could be held personally liable: a family home could be lost in order to repay a debt owed by the limited partnership. Even where it is a corporate body acting as the general partner, this does not always protect the business owner from unlimited liability.
Register a limited partnership in Delaware or in Scotland with Coddan: Delaware and Scotland are unique when it comes to registering limited partnerships. They enjoy unique stature when compared to the rest of the USA and UK, respectively. This is due to the fact that the way partnerships are structured in these regions offers great opportunities for partnerships to develop, whilst also limiting liability should a venture collapse.
Both Delaware and Scotland stature allows 'limited partners' to be signed into a partnership. A partnership requires a minimum of two people, and one of these must be listed as a 'general partner'. Essentially, the general partner will have the majority of power in a partnership, and retains responsibility if the partnership defaults on investment loans, or if business collapses completely.
The beauty of being made a limited partner within these regions, is that limited partners are not held in financial responsibility to the partnership. This means that they have absolutely no liability if the partnership fails, which is useful position to be in.
Registering as a limited partnership within one of these special administrative regions is extremely advantageous for businesses. Besides the limited liability of limited partners, there are other great features. Partnerships are allowed to carry out financial, judicial and administrative tasks under the name of the partnership. This includes:
- Purchasing property
- Taking out loans
- Taking parties to court
As a rule, other partnerships registered in the rest of the USA and UK do not enjoy this level of autonomous power.
Through using Coddan to register your limited partnership, you will be using a company with a wealth of experience. Coddan take care of all the paperwork for you, and even provide your partnership with an address in Delaware or Scotland to use as a real business address. This ensures that your partnership has a valid address within the area of registration – which makes Coddan the ideal service to use if you are based abroad, but want the benefits of being a Delaware or Scottish registered limited partnership.
It is no secret that Delaware is a hot-spot for emerging companies and business to use as their registration base. This is because Delaware has some very desirable distinct statute terms when compared to the rest of America.
One of the most useful features of Delaware limited partnerships is the ability to be seen as an individual operating within a wider collective identity. Partners are seen as unique people by Delaware law – which is great for tax purposes. Tax is taken directly from an individual, rather than the company as a whole. This is because it is assumed that profits will be shared in relation to the amount of responsibility and individual or company has within a partnership. For example, a general partner will be taxed more, as in theory they will receive a greater share of profits, as they have the greatest amount of power and also liability within the partnership.
Besides the hassle-free, transparent tax benefits, there are other useful features to Delaware limited partnerships. Under Delaware statute, limited partnerships are granted corporate identity. This means a limited partnership can take out finance, prosecute, and even purchase land and property the same way as an individual would. This makes it especially easy to hold assets under a company name.
However, perhaps the most desirable feature of being registered as a limited partnership in Delaware is the fact that it is a possible to be made a partner, without having to shoulder direct liability within the partnership. Only the general partner is directly responsible for any debts or financial arrangements that the partnership accumulates. This means that a Delaware registered limited partnership is ideal for those who want to be involved in a joint venture, without burdening the financial risks that it is usually associated with.
The benefits of registering as a limited partnership are clear to see.
Limited partnerships registered in Delaware come with many great benefits. These include the ability for the partnership to act as a corporate entity, whilst individual partners retain their own individual identities. This makes it ideal for tax purposes, but also for reducing the amount of liability partners within the venture have to face. Typically, the statutes surrounding partnership formation throughout the rest of the USA leave limited partners in a precarious position; they are still financially held accountable for the actions of the rest of partnership. Delaware's method instead considers the amount an individual has invested in a partnership, and whether they are a limited or general partner. This then allows liability to be distributed in a much fairer fashion.
Because of the aforementioned reasons, having a partnership registered in Delaware is extremely valuable. Yet, there is also a slight downside to this; you must have an address based within the state to use for registering your partnership. However, there are ways to still register as a Delaware based limited partnership, without actually holding a property in the region.
Coddan can provide you with an address in Delaware to use for registration purposes. The beauty of this method is that you do not need to be present – Coddan can carry out the registration process remotely. Furthermore, any important documentation that is required from the involved partners to be can be sent via email.
This is particularly useful as it means anyone can register a limited partnership in Delaware and take advantage of the opportunities that Delaware stature offers. This applies to residents of different states of the USA, or for people based abroad. The same service can be offered to both, resulting in your partnership benefiting from Delaware's distinct limited partnership formation policies.
Establishing limited partnerships in Delaware and Scotland is extremely beneficial, especially when compared against the rest of the US and UK. The two limited partnership models share many similarities that make them highly desirable. However, for reasons we will explain below, the Scottish limited partnership model has a slight, but significant advantage.
Both models grant partnerships corporate identity, which is useful if you want to purchase assets or file lawsuits under the company name. Similarly, both models also preserve and protect individual business identities within the partnership, providing that they are of limited partner status. Again, within the modern market, this is something that is extremely useful. Furthermore, the Delaware and Scottish limited partnership model also have the same registration prerequisites:
- An address within Delaware or Scotland must be used to register the partnership with the Secretary of State or Companies House, respectively.
- A minimum of two parties must be involved. This can be any combination of individuals or companies, e.g a company and an individual, two individuals, or two companies.
What makes the Scottish model slightly superior is the way in which financial returns and information is handled. Within the United States (including Delaware), it is essential that information is filed with the Secretary of State annually. This is compulsory and unavoidable.
An annual renewal fee must also be paid to the Secretary of State – if payments are missed or late, then this incurs fines. In contrast to this, the process in Scotland is much more straightforward. There are no annual fees, and there is no need to send any additional paperwork or information to Companies House, Edinburgh.
However, regular Scottish companies must turn in account information to Companies House. Scottish limited partnership do not need to do this, thus removing a laborious task from the partnership's 'to do' list. The only body that requires any accounting paperwork is the HMRC, which is the same for any company.
At Coddan Ltd, our team of dedicated company formation experts has many years of experience when it comes to forming companies in the US state of Delaware. This area of America is known as the "Diamond State", and this is in no small part due to the opportunities that are presented to businesses that are within the state.
Two popular options are LPs (limited partnerships) and LLCs (limited liability companies) - whichever type of company you are thinking of forming, we are fully equipped to provide bespoke advice to help your business to achieve its objectives. Each type of formation has its own set of benefits and drawbacks, and it is a decision that needs to be considered very carefully.
When looking at the exact characteristics for each type of formation, one of the most significant differences relates to personal liability. In a limited partnership, the directors (or partners) have unlimited personal liability in the event of debts being accrued, and so there could be disastrous personal consequences in the event that the company runs into difficulties.
With a Delaware-based limited liability company, personal assets are protected in the event of bad debts, and therefore the only assets that are at risk are those that are the property of the LLC. In theory, it is possible for an LLC to act as a partner within an LP, but there are additional complications that can occur in this situation. In terms of the structure and the running of a company, a limited partnership can be structured in a manner that can suit any specific type of business, while a limited liability company does not offer the same kind of flexibility.
There are a number of reasons that explain the recent increase in companies that have decided to form a limited partnership within the US state of Delaware - there are already more than 50% of Fortune 500 companies that have a presence there. Coddan Ltd can boast a team of legal and company formation specialists with many years of experience, and this includes the provision of nominee partner facilities. A nominee partner can be used when there are legitimate reasons to conceal the true identity of a partnership owner or the business directors, and it must also be noted that the state of Delaware does not insist upon a resident director with a Delaware address.
It is very important for you to realise that Coddan Ltd will not arrange for a nominee partners if there is any risk of illegal activity - we will only assist with this facility for limited partnerships that are operating for legitimate purposes. There are a number of valid reasons for hiding the true identity of a partnership members, such as a confidentiality agreement that may already be in place, and we can arrange for a nominee partner to be appointed.
Throughout the entire process, the true owners of the partnership remain in control, and a signed letter of resignation can be provided that can be activated at any time. On official records and documentation, the nominee member's name will be present, and full documents will be kept to prove the true ownership in the event of an external request for information i.e. police or government agency.
After the formation of your limited partnership in Delaware, you may find the ongoing maintenance to be a daunting prospect - this is where the team at Coddan Ltd continues to be a valuable asset for your business. There are many company formation businesses that merely form the limited partnership without offering any ongoing support, and we like to think that we do things differently.
Our specialists are always available to provide assistance with setting up additional company bank accounts and submitting yearly reports and accounts, and we can also analyse your exact needs to deliver bespoke advice and solutions to keep everything running smoothly.
For EU-based bank accounts in particular, we can take care of the entire process, and this includes completing the necessary paperwork, collecting the mandatory proofs and then submitting everything to the required banking institution. In the event that any problems arise, we can deal with the bank and get the application back on track.
You may also wish to arrange a postal address or a similar presence within Delaware, and we can also make this happen within a relatively short timeframe. In order to remain entirely legal, there are a number of annual procedures that are in place, and the state of Delaware requires various documents to be filed - this is also something that we can help with. If dealing directly with state government representatives is a prospect that you find particularly unappealing, you can rest assured that Coddan Ltd is capable of communicating with the relevant parties.