Steps to Shutting Down a Startup

Steps to Shutting Down a Startup

January 23, 2024 by investor

Steps to Shutting Down a Startup

There are several steps to shutting down a startup.

Here’s a list of key steps to follow:

Pay what is owed to employees such as accrued vacation.

Pay all providers such as contractors, software vendors, and others.

Collect invoices from any outstanding accounts. 

Notify all customers, partners, and vendors about the shutdown.

Sell or distribute any assets leftover such as furniture and equipment.

If you cannot pay all providers you may need to consider filing bankruptcy.

If you can pay all outstanding debts then you can proceed with dissolution of the entity.

File your tax returns — this includes federal and state and any state franchise taxes.  

Once taxes have been paid you can file a dissolution with the IRS.

You’ll need to report to the IRS any distributions made to investors.

Dissolve the legal entity — if you have a Delaware C Corporation then you’ll need to file a Delaware certificate of dissolution.

If you have an LLC then you’ll need to file a dissolution of the LLC at the state level.

Shutting down a startup is difficult but when done right can save future headaches.

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