The appointment and maintenance of an in-state registered agent is required

South Dakota has much to offer businesses. An affordable cost of living and a business-friendly tax climate -- the state does not impose corporate or individual income tax --- it's an ideal combination for growing a business. However, doing business in South Dakota requires compliance with many federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

CT Corporation's reliable, professional Registered Agent services ensure that you won’t miss a critical filing and endanger your business’ good standing and its right to defend itself in court. You'll benefit from monitoring tools and services that ensure insight into your business compliance so you’re always in control. With a professional Registered Agent, you can have the confidence of knowing that you’re aware of and on top of your compliance obligations.

Safeguard your business with America's most reliable registered agent service

Registered Agent package options:

Products

Registered agent services

Easily appoint your registered agent online within 10 minutes

  • Registered agent services - includes a registered agent location within the state to receive legal and critical business communications and a dedicated team to receive and route all service of process legal notifications

  • Online portal - compliance portal to keep your business compliant 24/7

  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state

    Not included
  • Incorporation services - completion and filing of all legal documents and Articles of Incorporation with the state

    Not included
  • Foreign qualification services - preparation and filing of all qualification documents with the state

    Not included
Registered agent and formation

Our incorporation experts are here to help you start your business with a solid and smart foundation

  • Registered agent services - includes a registered agent location within the state to receive legal and critical business communications and a dedicated team to receive and route all service of process legal notifications

  • Online portal - compliance portal to keep your business compliant 24/7

  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state

  • Incorporation services - completion and filing of all legal documents and Articles of Incorporation with the state

  • Foreign qualification services - preparation and filing of all qualification documents with the state

    Not included
Registration in another state

Legally register an existing business in another state (Foreign Qualification)

  • Registered agent services - includes a registered agent location within the state to receive legal and critical business communications and a dedicated team to receive and route all service of process legal notifications

  • Online portal - compliance portal to keep your business compliant 24/7

  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state

  • Incorporation services - completion and filing of all legal documents and Articles of Incorporation with the state

    Not included
  • Foreign qualification services - preparation and filing of all qualification documents with the state

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Legislative updates

Senate Bill 103, effective July 1, 2021, provides for the confidentiality of personal information of persons affiliated with nonprofit corporations.


House Bill 1079, effective July 1, 2021, limits certain actions that may be taken by the executive branch relative to nonprofit corporations and charitable trusts.


House Bill 1090, effective March 3, 2021, amends requirements for domestic not-for-profit corporations concerning emergency bylaws and member meetings.


House Bill 1179, effective November 15, 2020 amends the LLC law to provide that an operating agreement may establish or provide for the establishment of a series of members, managers, or limited liability company interests having separate rights, powers, or duties with respect to specified property or obligations of the limited liability company or profits and losses associated with specified property or obligations. If certain requirements are met then the debts, liabilities, and obligations incurred, contracted for, or otherwise existing with respect to a particular series shall be enforceable against the assets of such series only, and not against the assets of the limited liability company generally or any other series thereof. Among those requirements are that a certificate of designation is obtained for each series. There are also provisions regarding the registration to do business of foreign LLCs with series and with foreign series.


House Bill 1109, effective July 1, 2020, amends the LLC law regarding the liabilities of members and managers.


House Bill 1114, effective July 1, 2020, authorizes additional abbreviations in naming corporations, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships.


Case summaries

UCC – Statute of Repose
Zoss v. Greg Protsch & Mumford & Protsch, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68091, decided April 8, 2021. The U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota held that the statute of repose had not run on the plaintiff’s suit alleging the defendants’ preparation and filing of financing statements were defective and the result of attorney malpractice. The financing statements were filed within the three year statute of repose. However, the defendants argued that any occurrence of negligence had to have occurred when the documents were drafted and not when they were filed. The court disagreed, holding that the filing of the financing statements was a part of the transaction and that the occurrence of negligence did not occur until they were filed.


South Dakota – Sales Tax on Remote Sellers
South Dakota v. Wayfair, No. 17-494, decided 6/21/18.  The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld the Constitutionality of a South Dakota statute that requires out-of-state sellers that meet certain minimum sales or transaction thresholds to collect and remit sales taxes, even if they have no physical presence in the state.  The Court stated that the physical presence rule of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota was unsound and incorrect and no longer controlling precedent.


Other notices

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