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Starting a Business in California

This guide will walk you through the 7 Steps to Starting a Business in California. How to come up with your business name, how to start a website, how to register your business with the California Secretary of State, how to register for state taxes, and more.

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).

California LLC FAQs

Answers to the most common questions when forming an LLC in California. How to start an LLC in California, how much does it cost, how long does it take, who can be my Registered Agent, where to get the forms, and more.

California LLC Fees

This article explains the costs to form an LLC in California. Filing the CA Articles of Organization costs $70, the Statement of Information is due every 2 years ($20), and the required LLC Annual Tax is $800. Continue reading for full details on costs to forming a California LLC.

California LLC for Real Estate

As a California real estate investor, it’s important to make sure your personal assets are protected. Forming a California LLC will keep your assets protected in the event of a lawsuit. Slip-and-falls, renovation errors, and falling debris are far too common. If you buy property in your personal name (instead of through your LLC), your personal assets are at risk if you get sued.

California LLC Search (step-by-step instructions)

When forming an LLC in California, your desired LLC name must be distinguishable and available for use. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to search an LLC name with the California Secretary of State.