Indiana Business Entity Report

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Indiana LLC
Business Entity Report Instructions

How to form an LLC in Indiana
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Indiana.

Detailed Lessons:

 

Indiana LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $100 by mail or $95 online (one-time fee)
Business entity report: $50 by mail or $31 online (every 2 years)

Need help?
Hire a company to form your Indiana LLC:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

(check out Northwest vs LegalZoom)

All LLCs doing business in Indiana must file a Business Entity Report every 2 years.

You need to file a Business Entity Report to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state.

You can file your LLC’s Business Entity Report by mail or online. We recommending filing online since it’s cheaper and approval is much faster.

You will find instructions below for filing by mail and filing online.

Fee
– $50 (if filed by mail)
– $31 (if filed online)

Due Date
Your Indiana LLC Business Entity Report is due every 2 years, before the last day of your LLC’s anniversary month. Your LLC’s anniversary month is the month it was approved by the state.

If you don’t know the month your LLC was approved, you can search your LLC here and look under “Creation Date”, or call the Secretary of State at 317-232-6576 (8:00am – 4:30pm, M-F).

The Indiana LLC Business Entity Report is not filed right after your LLC goes into existence. The first one is due 2 years after the LLC is formed.

How early can you file?
You can file up to 1 month in advance of the due date.

Penalty
There is a small grace period for filing late, but if you continue to ignore this requirement, the state may administratively dissolve your LLC.

Reminders
Depending on how you filed your Articles of Organization, you will either receive a reminder in the mail or by email. It will arrive approximately 30 days before the due date.

Even if you don’t receive a reminder, it’s still your responsibility for filing your Business Entity Report every 2 years. For this reason, we recommend putting a repeating reminder on your calendar.

Instructions for Filing Indiana Business Entity Report by Mail

Download the Indiana Business Entity Report Form:
http://www.in.gov/sos/business/2426.htm
(click “Business Entity Reports” drop down, then the PDF will download to your computer)

Section A
Enter your LLC’s name and principal office address in the first box. If you need to change your LLC’s address, enter those changes in the box to the right.

Note: you cannot change your LLC’s name using this report.

Section B
In the “Current filing year” box, enter the current year. If you are also filing late for prior years, enter those years to the right.

Section C
Enter the date your LLC was formed with the state. If you don’t know when your LLC was approved, you can search your LLC here and look under “Creation Date”, or call the Secretary of State at 317-232-6576 (8:00am – 4:30pm, M-F).

In the second box to the right, enter the state where your LLC was formed. This will most likely be “Indiana”.

Section D
Check off “Limited Liability Company”.

Section E
Enter the name and address of your current Registered Agent in the box to the left. If you need to change/update your Registered Agent information, enter those details in the box to the right.

Sections F and G
You can leave these 2 sections blank as they are only required for Corporations (not LLCs).

Section H
If you changed your Registered Agent information, check off the box stating that they agree to be your Registered Agent. If you did not change your Registered Agent, leave this box unchecked.

Then sign your name and enter today’s date.

Payment and Mailing Instructions:
Prepare a check or money order for $50 and make payable to “Secretary of State”.

Mail your $50 fee along with your completed Business Entity Report to:

Secretary of State
302 W Washington Street
Room E-018
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Congratulations, your Indiana LLC Business Entity Report has been filed for processing!

Processing Time and Verification:
The state will process your Business Entity Report within 2-3 business days after it arrives in the mail. They do not send any confirmation back, but you can search your LLC here and then click “Filing History” to view your Business Entity Report(s).

Make sure to file your report again in 2 years. We recommend putting a repeating reminder on your calendar.

Instructions for Filing Indiana Business Entity Report Online

Get Started:
• Visit https://inbiz.in.gov/BOS/Home/Index and click the “Sign In” button.
• Sign into your InBiz account. If you don’t have one, click “Sign In”, then click “Sign Up Now” at the bottom.
• In your INBiz dashboard, click the “Online Services” icon.
• Hover over “Secretary of State Business Service Division”, then hover over “Indiana Business”, then click “Business Entity Report”.

1. Search your LLC
Enter either your LLC’s business name or business ID and then click “Search”. In the results below, select your LLC and then click “Next”.

2. Email Address
Confirm the current email address is correct. If not, add your new email address twice. It doesn’t have to be a company email address, so you can use a personal email if you’d like.

3. Principal Office Address
Confirm that your LLC’s principal office address is correct (make changes if necessary), then click “Next”.

4. Registered Agent
Confirm that your LLC’s Registered Agent information is correct. If it is, just click “Next” to proceed.

If you need to change/update your Registered Agent, click the “Change Registered Agent Address” box and make the necessary updates. Once saved, click “Next” to proceed.

5. Principal Information
If you’d like to make your members/managers a part of your LLC’s official record (and a part of public records), you can list their names and addresses here. This section is optional though, so if you prefer to leave it blank, you can.

In the Principal Title, select either “Member” or “Manager”. Then enter the person’s name and address and click the “Add Principal” button.

Add more members/managers if needed. Once finished, click “Next” to proceed.

Note: You will officially list the members/managers of your LLC in your Operating Agreement.

6. Review
Review your information for accuracy and check for typos. If you need to make any changes, click the “Edit” buttons. If everything looks good, click “Next” at the bottom.

7. Signature
Check off the box agreeing to the terms and enter your full name in the “Signature” box. In the “Title” drop down, select “Member” (or “Manager” if applicable).

Then click the “Add to Payment Cart” button. On the next page, click the “Checkout” button.

8. Checkout
Enter your billing and contact information and then click “Continue”. Review your information on the next page and then submit your payment.

Congratulations, your Indiana LLC Business Entity Report has been filed for processing! Now you just need to wait for verification.

Processing Time and Verification:
The state will process your Business Entity Report in approximately 1 hour. An email confirmation will be sent back to you after the report has been approved.

Make sure to file your report again in 2 years. We recommend putting a repeating reminder on your calendar.

Next Step

Once you reviewed (or filed) your Indiana Business Entity Report, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Indiana Business Licenses & Permits.

Indiana Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Indiana Secretary of State at 317-232-6576 (8:00am – 4:30pm, M-F).

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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4 Comments

  1. Oliver Doppler June 15, 2018

    Hello. I have a question. The business entity report does not have to be filed right away, correct? I am filing in Indiana, and when I went to do it, it says that I couldn’t because it is “more than 90 days before the due date.” I’m assuming this means i don’t have to file it for two years. Is this correct?
    Thank you for your time,
    Oliver

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    • Matt Horwitz June 18, 2018

      Hi Oliver, yes, you are correct. The Indiana LLC Business Entity Report is not filed right away. The first one is due 2 years after the LLC is formed. We updated the lesson to make this more clear. Thanks and hope that helps!

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  2. Ruth August 30, 2018

    Is the business ID number on the business entity report used for tax purposes? Or do I need to get a tax identification number separately?

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    • Matt Horwitz October 12, 2018

      Hi Ruth, the Business ID Number on the Business Entity Report is a specific number used by the Secretary of State to identify your LLC. In addition, you will also need a Federal Tax ID Number (aka EIN/EIN Number) from the IRS. More info can be found here: How to get an EIN for Indiana LLC. Hope that helps!

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