Matt Horwitz - Founder and Educator at LLC University

All 50 Secretary of State (SOS) Websites & Business Entity Search

This table includes links to all 50 states (plus District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) Secretary of State, Business/Corporate Services Departments, and Business Entity/Corporate Record Searches. Search existing corporate records, or search your desired business name. Search LLCs, Corporations, LPs, LLPs, etc.

LLC Annual Fees by State

The table in this article shows LLC annual fees for all 50 states. The average LLC annual fee in the US is $89. Most states require LLCs to file Annual Reports, but some do not. Most states call this the Annual Report, however, it has many other names: Annual Certificate, Annual List of Members, Annual Registration Fee, Biennial Report, Biennial Statement, Business Privilege Tax Return, Decennial Report, Franchise Tax Report, Periodic Report, and more.

NAICS Codes for LLCs

An NAICS Code (North American Industry Classification System) is used by government agencies to identify your LLC’s line of business and activities. It’s mostly used for statistical purposes. You can search for your LLC’s NACIS code online or by calling the US Census Bureau at 1-888-756-2427.

Statement of LLC Organizer in Lieu of Organization Meeting

A Statement of Organizer can include various items, but in our specific example, the Statement of Organizer relinquishes the Organizer’s duties and provides official documentation (in addition to the Operating Agreement) stating who the Members (and Managers, if applicable) are.

My Review of Louisiana’s geauxBIZ for Forming an LLC

This is our review of Louisiana’s online LLC filing system, called geauxBiz (“go biz”). To be fair, geauxBIZ was launched in early 2016. While we didn’t expect it to be perfect, we also didn’t expect it to be so bad.

LLC Filing Forms by State

This post includes links to the LLC Formation Documents for all 50 states. The forms are usually referred to as the Articles of Organization, Certificate of Formation, or Certificate of Organization. The chart in this post provides links to all PDF forms, as well as links to file online for forming an LLC in each of the 50 states.

LLC Organizer vs Member

LLC terminology can be confusing! What’s an LLC Organizer? Same thing as an LLC Member? Answer is Nope. An LLC Organizer is the person (or company) who takes responsibility for, and files, the LLC formation documents with the state. They are the ones who are “organizing” (filing) the LLC. An LLC Organizer does not have to be a member (owner) of the LLC, but often they are a member. This article helps simplify and explain these two terms.

Difference between Member-Managed and Manager-Managed LLC

Most LLCs are member-managed, where all the owners run the business and day-to-day operations. An LLC can also be manager-managed, where one, or a few designated people, run the business and day-to-day operations (while the members play more of a passive/investor role). This post explains Member-managed vs Manager-managed LLCs.

California LLC Annual Fee

The CA Annual LLC Franchise tax is mandatory for LLCs. The $800 fee is due by the 15th day of the 4th month after your LLC is filed. You will pay this tax with the LLC Tax Voucher Form 3522. You need to submit this to the CA FTB (California Franchise Tax Board).