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Introduced by   Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Corporations, partnerships, and associations; limited liability companies; low profit

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to provide for the organization of

low-profit limited liability companies under Vermont's corporate code.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  11 V.S.A. § 3001(23) is added to read:

(23)  L3C or low-profit limited liability company means a person organized under this chapter that is organized for a business purpose that satisfies and is at all times operated to satisfy each of the following requirements:

(A)  The company:

(i)  significantly furthers the accomplishment of one or more charitable or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 170(c)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 170(c)(2)(B); and

(ii)  would not have been formed but for the company’s relationship to the accomplishment of charitable or educational purposes.

(B)  No significant purpose of the company is the production of income or the appreciation of property; provided, however, that the fact that a person produces significant income or capital appreciation shall not, in the absence of other factors, be conclusive evidence of a significant purpose involving the production of income or the appreciation of property.

(C)  No purpose of the company is to accomplish one or more political or legislative purposes within the meaning of Section 170(c)(2)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 170(c)(2)(D).

(D)  If a company that met the definition of this subdivision (23) at its formation at any time ceases to satisfy any one of the requirements, it shall immediately cease to be a low-profit limited liability company, but by continuing to meet all the other requirements of this chapter, will continue to exist as a limited liability company.

Sec. 2.  11 V.S.A. § 3005(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The name of a limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," "LLC," "L.C.," or "LC."  The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co." in a limited liability company name.  The name of a low-profit limited liability company as defined in subdivision ) 3001(23) of this chapter shall contain the abbreviation L3C or l3c.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont