I have a start-up that I established to sell software online. Nothing much came of the business, and so I'd like to sell the software program to a competitor and sell the business as a shell, perhaps to one of the many companies that handles corporate formations. (The company's formation documents, tax ID number (if desired), bank account (if desired) and LLC agreement and whatever else a buyer would want would be offered for sale.)
The business is a 2-member LLC. I can buy out the other member pretty quickly and make it a single-member LLC. The business also has a tax ID number, a bank account and is current on all tax filings.
One corporate incorporation company that I approached said that having a tax ID number will kill any chances that I have of selling the business as a shell, since any subsequent owner will need a new tax ID number.
I disagree (if the sale is structured as an equity sale), but I'd be curious: what problems do you see with selling my business as a shell? Any tips on selling it would be greatly appreciated.