Tips and Tricks for Successfully Transferring Your Business to a New State

Changing the location of your LLC or corporation to a new state is a momentous decision that requires careful planning and preparation. To ensure a successful transition, consider using relocation services. These services can help you manage everything from packing, loading, and unloading your equipment and furniture to setting up your operations in your new location. 

In this article, we will share tips and tricks for relocating your business to a new state, focusing on leveraging relocation services to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible. Keep reading to learn more about what you need to know to get started.

How to Move an LLC or Corporation to Another State?

Businesses may move from one state to another for a variety of reasons. Moving a business from one state to another is difficult when you have many things on your plate: finding a suitable location, applying for tax incentives and other benefits, coordinating employees, informing clients, obtaining licenses, and moving. Another important issue is how to transfer the formal business entity.

How to Change the Formation State of a Company?

You can move the corporate or LLC office to a different state and change your state formation.

  • Dissolve your corporation or LLC and create one in the new state.
  • Reorganization: Form a new corporation or LLC in the state of the merger and merge the old one.
  • Enter into a statutory conversion/domestication.
  • Continue to use the same state for the formation and apply foreign qualifications in the state you wish to operate.

Consider the following options when making your decision.

Option 1: Dissolution of LLCs and Corporations

The most complex and expensive way to change a state of incorporation is by dissolving the LLC or corporation in the previous state and forming another in the new one. The dissolution procedure is a legal process that involves the settlement of all debts, liabilities, state tax obligations and reporting requirements, and other steps for winding up and liquidating. In the new state, a new corporation or LLC must be formed, and all assets, liabilities, and properties of the previous corporation or LLC must be transferred by contract to the new entity.

Also, there are federal income tax implications. The tax consequences will vary depending on whether your LLC or corporation is taxed separately (e.g., as a C-corporation) or as a pass-through entity (e.g., as an S-corporation or partnership).

If their stock is appreciated, shareholders who receive assets at liquidation will also see income. S corporations are “pass-through” entities and may not have any immediate costs to the corporation. As long as the LLC is taxed as a pass-through entity and corporation, there will be no federal tax implications for liquidating it.

Option 2: Merger. Form a New LLC or Corporation and Merge the Existing One

A second way to transfer an LLC is to create a corporation or LLC in a new state and then merge it with the existing corporation or LLC. You will need to follow the merger laws of the LLC or corporation and file the required documents in both the old state and the new one.

A merger has the effect that all the assets, liabilities, and properties of the (old state) non-surviving corporation, LLC, or LLC become, by operation of law, the assets, liabilities, and properties of the surviving company or LLC in the newly created state. It is unnecessary to dissolve the LLC or corporation in the previous state or enter into contracts to transfer assets, properties, and liabilities.

Option 3: Statutory Conversion/Domestication

A statutory transaction is the easiest way to switch states when transferring an LLC or corporation. In some states, this is called conversion. In some states, this is known as a conversion.

A statutory conversion of a business is a single-entity transaction. Creating a new LLC or corporation in the new state or transferring assets, liabilities, or properties is unnecessary. To make the transaction official, the corporation or LLC must file the required documents in the old and new states.

This transaction has a problem in that not all states have authorized it. Where it is allowed, it's a good way to switch the state of formation.

Option 4: Foreign Qualification – Alternative to Changing the State of LLC or Corporation Formation

It is unnecessary to change the formation state just because your business has moved to another state. The state of formation can be anywhere. The corporation or LLC does not have to be in the state or conduct business there.

There is an option to maintain the same state of formation for your LLC or corporation. This is called foreign qualification, also known as foreign registration. If you want to do business in multiple states, your corporation or LLC can do so.

To do business in “foreign states”- any state other than the state where it was formed- it must get authorization from that state's business entity filing bureau (such as the Secretary of State). This is done by a process known as “foreign qualification.” The qualification of a corporation or LLC is a matter of applying, along with the certificate of good standing issued by the state of formation, and paying the filing fees.

When deciding if to qualify an entity or to change its state, it is important to remember that you must comply with two laws governing business entities – those of the state where the entity was formed and the state where the entity will be located. This generally means you must maintain a registered agent in both states, file annual reports and pay annual fees.

Other Compliance Obligations During State Formation Change or Foreign Qualification

If your LLC or corporation decides to move to another state, you should remember a few other things. This is true whether you choose to change the state in which your business entity was formed or if you choose to qualify as a foreign entity in the new state.

  • Documents must be prepared and filed. Documents are required for dissolution, formation, merging, conversion, domestication, and foreign qualification.
  • Appoint a registered agent. It would help if you appointed an agent that resides or has an office in the state you are moving to. Many corporations and LLCs choose to appoint professional registered agents because they are experienced in handling time-sensitive documents.
  • Get the necessary business licenses, and cancel those that are not needed. You will need the appropriate licenses to do business in a new state. State and local requirements vary depending on what type of business you run.
  • Update state records to inform of a change in the formation state. The state of formation can be changed. If your corporation or LLC was formed in an old state and is listed on public records, you'll need to update these public records so that they reflect the new state.

Remember to update public records and inform insurers, bankers, customers, parties contracting, etc. The new address of your business should be updated. This should be done regardless of whether or not you choose to change your formation state.


It is important to plan and execute your move carefully. There are several compliance obligations that you must consider, whether you choose to change the state in which your business entity was formed or to foreign qualify. Relocation services can help. You can benefit from their experience to ensure a successful and smooth transition. 

Abreu Movers Queens provides top-notch moving services to make your move easy and stress-free. Call them to find out how they can assist you in moving your business to another state. Abreu Movers Queens will help you make a smart move and not endanger your business.


What can you do to improve the current state of your company?

A statutory transaction is the easiest way to switch states when transferring an LLC or corporation. In some states, this is referred to as a conversion. In some states, this is referred to as a conversion. A statutory conversion of a business is a single-entity transaction.

What are the benefits of moving a business to a different location?

Cash flow increases: You can quickly recover any short-term losses in relocation costs through increased productivity, sales, and cash flow. You can generate more cash for your company by opening your business to a larger or newer market.

What is the process of moving a business from one country to another?

Offshoring refers to the relocation of an entire business process. This can be a manufacturing process or a supporting process such as accounting. Offshoring is usually a business practice, but state governments can also use it.

How can I improve my small business?

Register your new business with the state. Register with the IRS for an updated Employer identification number (EIN). You'll need this to pay your employees and file your taxes. Reapply for licensure. Update your records and bank accounts to reflect the new business.

What are the consequences of moving a business?

Your new location can increase or decrease the cost of your long-term overhead by changing your lease payments, taxes, and utilities. This can indirectly impact the wages you pay your employees and the shipping cost.

Eric Chandler
Moving Company Professional

Eric Chandler is a versatile entrepreneur with expertise in both writing and the moving industry. With years of experience as a writer, he has a talent for crafting engaging content on various subjects for major publications and online platforms. Eric also owns a successful moving company that provides reliable and efficient services to clients across the country. His extensive knowledge of the moving process, from packing to delivery, has earned him a reputation as a trustworthy moving expert.