I have a question around creating a LLC in New York City , it's centered around the publication requirement of LLC's in New York state. This publication requirement means if your LLC is registered in New York City you pay approx. $1,000-$2,000 in fees to newspapers.
The key question is can I use a registered agent to meet the publication requirement in a location outside the city of new york but in New York state thus avoiding the higher newspaper fees of New York city. Then change the address to "real address" of the business to the location in New York city.
Company business will be publishing mobile apps - iOS & Android
1 person company - no employees
Will not be seeking investment or partners
Lives in New York City (Brooklyn)
Will be writing the software in New York City
Why I've chosen LLC
Not having to publish under my own name in iOS store
Liability protection afforded to me by LLC (realize this is a small risk in app publishing, but I'm risk adverse)
Appears to have the least paperwork for any legal entity providing me with limited liablility
My research shows
To setup an LLC in New York (as single member LLC) I need to:
Pick a name not in use for LLC
File articles of organization + operating agreement (online) - $200
Publish in 2 news papers, one daily, one weekly (desigated by the County Clerk) for 6 weeks in the county where business will be (in my case Brooklyn/Kings County) - approx. $1,000 - $2,000
File Certificate of publication (received from newspapers) after 6 weeks - $50
Can I file out of state and avoid filing as a "foreign LLC" in New York to avoid publication fee?
As I will not have a physical presences, in the sense of having a physical store front in New York city, but as a single member I will be creating the software in New York City at my home, do I have to register as an LLC in New York?
Can I publish in newspapers outside of New York City, but in New York state, using a registered agent and then change the address?
I'm looking to use this service: http://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/new-york-llc-publication.html
Is this approach legitimate? Has anyone else used this service?
There doesn't appear to be any rule in the law around publishing that says you have to republish if you change address:
I've reached out to NYC small business service to see if I can get an answer as well.