There are a number of people asking somewhat similar questions on here, and typically the answer is a combination of:
"You need to register as an out of state LLC"
"There is no reason to not register as a foreign LLC"
"It depends on your state"
"There is no reason to have an out of state LLC to begin with"
In my situation, I am interested in a New Mexico LLC specifically for the ability to remain anonymous as the LLC owner. Obviously this anonymity is lost as soon as I register as a foreign LLC in Illinois.
In my state, Illinois, the state specifically says that Foreign LLC owners can live in Illinois and have bank accounts, w/o requiring foreign LLC registration (those 2 things are listed among others as not constituting "doing business").
The business will be an internet based service, running on servers that are not in Illinois. The site will be created by developers from a 3rd party company that is not based in Illinois.
I will not be hiring any employees in Illinois. I will not have any storefront or office in Illinois. I will not be storing or shipping any products in/from Illinois. The mailing address for the LLC will not be in Illinois. Most of the day to day site operation will be offshored.
This isn't a tax avoidance scheme. All profits would flow to my personal tax return and be taxed at the state level the same if the LLC was a New Mexico or Illinois LLC.
Do you think I would be violating the rules by not registering as a foreign LLC?