How to Dissolve an LLC in Colorado? (A Complete Guide)

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
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Last updated: March 12, 2024
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Business owners may decide to voluntarily dissolve a Colorado limited liability company due to the completion of the business.

There are specific steps that need to be complied with for your Colorado business to be legally terminated.

As a business consultant for limited liability companies, I gained over a decade of practice helping clients with formation, organization, and maintenance.

I’ll provide you with a complete guide on how to voluntarily dissolve a Colorado limited liability company, backed by extensive research and legal advice from our panel of attorneys.

Quick Summary

  • To dissolve an LLC in Colorado, follow the provisions contained in the operating agreement and submit all required documents to the Colorado Secretary of State office.
  • Pay all business debts before distributing the remaining assets to the members.
  • Colorado's first-year business failure rate stands at 23.0%, higher than the nationwide rate of 20.7%.
  • For the state to finally approve the dissolution, I advise settling all tax obligations.


6 Steps to Dissolving an LLC in Colorado

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The following is a guide on how to dissolve an LLC in Colorado.

1. Vote to Dissolve the LLC

Limited liability company members must be notified of the dissolution by mailing a proper written notice to each member or posting the advance notice in an appropriate location.

In our case, The Colorado LLC operating agreement outlined the dissolution process and voting requirements. We followed the provisions indicated in the document.

In the absence of an operating agreement, Colorado law applies.

The dissolution vote must be unanimous, so it is important to ensure that all LLC members are on board with the decision.

In some instances, the Colorado LLC operating agreement may stipulate different voting procedures, so unanimous consent might not be necessary.

According to the US Small Business Administration between March 2021 and March 2022, the state saw 20,641 establishments close, this statistic underscores the importance of a well-considered decision-making process.

2. Notify Creditors About Your LLC's Dissolution

Colorado LLC's dissolution process must include notifying LLC creditors, unknown claimants, and lenders of the company's impending closure.

During our dissolution, we sent formal written notices to all our suppliers informing them of the incoming dissolution.

Once notices are sent, you must settle all LLC obligations and business debts before distributing the remaining assets equitably to the members.

3. File Final Tax Returns and Obtain Tax Clearance

Various tax accounts must be settled before the Colorado Secretary of State processes your Articles of Dissolution. This includes business income taxes, sales and use tax, and withholding tax.

If you have outstanding taxes on your tax accounts, the state will not dissolve your Colorado LLC until you pay them.

Additionally, the state may impose legal consequences and incur penalties and interest charges.

According to Colorado law, we also needed to file a final return for our Colorado LLC and apply for a clearance certificate which we attached to the dissolution papers we submitted to the SOS.

4. File Articles or Certificate of Dissolution

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A Colorado business can't terminate its legal existence unless it files Articles of Dissolution (called the Dissolution Statement in Colorado).

The LLC's dissolution form must contain the following:

  • Business name
  • LLC's principal office address (mailing address)
  • Registration number
  • The formal date of the dissolution
  • All LLC members' signatures

You can submit the dissolution documents online or by mail. In our case, we found online filing more efficient as our papers were approved within 24 hours.

There is a $25 filing fee for Articles of Dissolution. Be careful when filling out the information, such as the business name, to avoid paying the filing fee again.

Once you submit the Articles of Dissolution, you should receive a confirmation from the Secretary of State’s office. Keep this for your records.

"Carefully follow Colorado's legal steps for dissolution to ensure all obligations are met."

- Jon Morgan, CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter

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5. Distribute Assets

The Colorado LLC operating agreement should dictate the order in which members are paid out.

State law will dictate the payout order if there is no Colorado LLC operating agreement.

Generally, the assets of a dissolved LLC are distributed to members according to their ownership percentage.

6. Close All Accounts and Cancel Licenses and Permits

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To properly dissolve an LLC in Colorado, you need to cancel licenses and permits with the appropriate agencies to formalize the dissolution process.

I would recommend completing this step through the Colorado Secretary of State [1].

Depending on the license, you may have to notify the state or local municipality where your business entity is located.

Licenses and permits that may have to be canceled include the following:

  • Professional licenses
  • Trade licenses
  • Fictitious business name registrations
  • Local tax permits and licenses

Each license or permit will have specific instructions on how to cancel it. Be sure to follow all the steps to avoid any penalties or fines, especially for your business name.

FAQs

How Much Does It Cost to Dissolve a Colorado LLC?

It costs around $10 to $25 to dissolve a Colorado LLC, which covers filing the Articles of Organization with the Colorado Secretary of State in person or by mail. Keep in mind that the cost can vary depending on the minimum business taxes you owe.

How Long Does It Take To Dissolve an LLC in Colorado?

It takes four weeks to dissolve an LLC in Colorado, while online filing is usually processed within 24 hours. Make sure to choose an expedited service if you are in a rush.

Can I Dissolve a Foreign LLC in Colorado?

You can dissolve a foreign LLC in Colorado by submitting the Statement of Foreign Entity Withdrawal and including the legal information, the effective date of withdrawal, and the original Certificate of Good Standing from the state in which your LLC was formed.

Do Colorado LLCs Need Tax Clearance Before the LLC's Dissolution?

Colorado LLCs do not need tax clearance before the LLC’s dissolution. However, you should settle common taxes and close all tax accounts before the state approves the dissolution.

References:

  1. https://www.sos.state.co.us/

About The Author

Author
Delina Chantel Yasmeh, J.D./Tax LL.M, specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte and PwC, managing billion-dollar transactions. Educated in Accountancy at California State University and holding advanced degrees from Loyola Law School, she is highly skilled in tax law. Delina also dedicates time to pro bono work for women and children.
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