Colorado Holding Company

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Holding companies in Colorado deliver advantages you would not be able to realize with single business entities. Forming a holding company is done nearly identical to you form another company. The difference is that holding companies just control and own assets and companies; they do not participate in operations. If they choose to participate in operations, they do so via sister companies or subsidiaries. Holding companies can also lease or loan assets to a third party. The idea is to isolate liabilities, minimize taxes, and have anonymity.

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Who Might Use a Holding Company?

Corporate Structures & Strategies

There are multiple scenarios when a holding company may be useful. E-commerce may open a subsidiary for product lines to ease individual sales and isolate risk. In the case of real estate investment, holding companies can separate the physical property from property management. This prevents catastrophic losses due to lawsuits. Families can use a holding company to manage incongruent interests and make it possible to file consolidated returns. Some people decide to use LLCs to pass on their assets instead of traditional estate planning. Any industry that has valuable assets, as well as risks, can use a holding company to minimize those risks.

Advantages of Holding Companies

Estate Planning

One of the biggest advantages of a holding company is isolating risk by keeping assets separate from operations. This can assist with a range of assets, from trademarks to real estate to cash. Holding companies also provide consolidated filings for taxes since subsidiaries do not file returns, just their parent company. Holding companies can also reduce taxes by shifting income to a lower-tax jurisdiction. Finally, they allow for assets to be titled anonymously via an anonymous LLC.

Colorado Holding Companies Vs. Other States

A holding company can choose its location since most states do not consider holding or leasing assets as transacting business. Common locations for holding companies include Colorado, Delaware, Wyoming, and Nevada.

Colorado does not require holding companies to complete an annual report, saving time as well as money spent on fees. The state additionally allows anonymity. This state is ideal for those without extremely valuable assets since there is no asset protection. This makes Colorado the best choice for those placing anonymity as a priority.

Delaware attracts large corporations. This state also does not focus on asset protection. It also has high fees.

Nevada was the previous leader. That is not the case anymore due to reduced anonymity and increased fees.

Wyoming has a low annual report fee of $50. It allows anonymity and has statutes that protect SMLLCs (in this case, subsidiaries).

Notes on Operating Companies

Operating companies might have to file in additional states. For example, you manage a property in a different state, you will need to register in that state as well. It requires a local LLC for property handling even if a foreign LLC holds it. Not all industries follow this rule, such as e-commerce.

Generally, companies that "transact business" within a state must register there. Most states consider having employees, renting offices, having physical storefronts, and property management as doing business. They typically do not consider opening bank accounts, owning property, holding meetings, having clients, or having contractors or suppliers as doing business.

Registering Foreign Entities

Sometimes, you cannot avoid registering in a given state. In this case, run operations there as much as possible while avoiding holding any assets in the state. That process isolates valuable assets and operational risks.

Operating companies can lease assets to function on an as-needed basis. Those concerned about privacy have several options. Some states let you list an owner as an entity that is out of the state to make the LLC anonymous. In other cases, you will need a signature or name. You could then retain anonymity by hiring nominee services for signing public forms.

Sister-Sister and Parent-Child Structures

Holding structures typically have one of two structures. Parent-child structures involve parent companies overseeing the children companies, with the latter participating in operations. Parent companies frequently have management contracts. In sister-sister or sibling structures, holding companies have several subsidiaries or series LLCs to hold assets plus a different operational company.

Holding Companies for Investment in Real Estate

Real estate is a business ideal for a holding company structure since there are both operational risks and valuable assets. Separating them can reduce business and personal risks. The benefits increase even more by forming a company that is anonymous and then managing properties via a unique LLC.

Holding Companies for E-Commerce

E-commerce is another ideal business for setting up holding companies in Colorado because of the anonymity as well as the ability to divide product lines among entities. You can also form different entities for competition within the space and to assist with risk management.

Colorado Trust

Companies can use a Colorado trust for asset protection. This separates an asset's economic benefit from its ownership. As the asset belongs to the trust, no one can take the asset from you although you can still reap its benefits.


Holding companies provide benefits that outweigh the cost and time associated with its implementation. A Colorado holding company can deliver anonymity, improved taxes, and more. Contact us to learn more about Colorado LLCs.

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