Selling or Ending Your Business
How to Dissolve an LLC in Washington
Dissolving a Washington LLC
If you and other members of your organization are considering dissolving your LLC, it's important to address the required steps; otherwise, you could face administrative consequences and additional challenges associated with the dissolution of your Washington LLC.
Before you file paperwork
Before anything is filed with the state to formally terminate the existence of the LLC, members of the LLC need to take certain actions. As a first step, members of the LLC need to approve the dissolution. This can be done in accordance with the operating agreement of the LLC or through a unanimous consent of the members approving the dissolution. Regardless of the method, the vote on the dissolution should be recorded in the minutes of the meeting in which it occurred. This can be helpful in the event that someone does not remember providing their consent.
What to file
You are responsible for taking the necessary actions to notify creditors prior to dissolving a Washington LLC and winding up the company. You will need to make arrangements to pay all LLC liabilities, debts and obligations. Washington requires that a certificate of dissolution form be filed with the Secretary of State by mail, fax or in person, to dissolve an LLC. This form is available online and there is a fee for expedited service. By filing this certificate, you are formally terminating the LLC’s status as a business entity registered directly with the state. This is also referred to as the formal process of dissolution. The state of Washington does not require that you receive tax clearance prior to dissolving your LLC. The state recommends you also use the Business Information Change Form to close your account with the Department of Revenue, Labor and Industries, and Employment Security.
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Impact of dissolution
Once formally dissolved with the state, the name of your Washington LLC is not protected. Other entities may be eligible to use the name immediately.
Finally, remember that if you are authorized to do business in other states, you will need to follow the necessary procedures within those states to decrease your chances of facing additional consequences outside of Washington. Swyft Filings can help with your withdrawal from any state where you are foreign qualified.