Iowa Biennial Report

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Iowa LLC Biennial Report
Step-by-Step Instructions

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

Detailed Lessons:

 

Iowa LLC Costs:
Iowa state fee: $50
Biennial Report fee: $45 online or $60 by mail (paid every 2 years)

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The Secretary of State has increased Iowa LLC Biennial Report fees. Our Iowa LLC course and the instructions on this page are up-to-date and reflect the latest changes. If you see lower Biennial Report fees on another website, that information is outdated. For more information please see LLC University’s full article: New Iowa LLC Biennial Report Fees

All LLCs doing business in Iowa must file a Biennial Report every 2 years.

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

You can file your LLC’s Biennial Report by mail or online, and you will find instructions below for both.

Fees and Processing Times
If you file by mail, the fee is $60 and the processing time is 7-14 business days.

If you file online, the fee is $45 and the processing time is immediate.

We recommend filing online as the fee is cheaper and the processing time is much quicker.

Due Date
The first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of the first odd-numbered year, following the year in which your LLC was formed. After that, Biennial Reports must be filed every odd-numbered year.

Examples:

– If your Iowa LLC was approved in 2018, you must submit your first Biennial Report between January 1st and April 1st of 2019, and then every 2 years after that.

– If your Iowa LLC was approved in 2019 or 2020, you must submit your Biennial Report between January 1st and April 1st of 2021, and then every 2 years after that.

How early can you file?
After the first Monday in January (so long as it’s not a holiday).

Penalty
If you don’t file your Iowa LLC Biennial Report by April 1st, your LLC will go into a “Delinquent” status.

If you continue to ignore this requirement and do not file by August 8th, the state will administratively dissolve (shut down) your Iowa LLC.

Reminders
The state will mail a green postcard to your Registered Agent’s address in early January (every odd-numbered year). The postcard will have your LLC’s “Corporation Number” as well as a temporary passcode.

You’ll need this temporary passcode for filing online as well as filing by mail. If you did not receive your temporary passcode, please contact the Iowa Secretary of State at 515-281-5204.

If the state has your Registered Agent’s email address, they will also send a reminder there in early January.

Instructions for Filing Iowa LLC Biennial Report by Mail

1. Start Here:
https://sos.iowa.gov/file/br/login.aspx

2. Access the Report
Enter your LLC’s Corporation Number and Temporary Code, then click “File by Paper”.

If you need to find your LLC’s Corporation Number, search your LLC here, and look for its “Business No.”

If you didn’t receive a Temporary Code from the Iowa Secretary of State, please call them at 515-281-5204 and they will give you one over the phone.

3. Registered Agent Email Address
Enter or confirm your Registered Agent’s email address. The state will use this email address (as well as mailing postcards) for future Biennial Report reminders.

4. Review Instructions
Review the instructions provided on the next page and then click the “Click For Your Paper Report” button.

5. Print Biennial Report
It will now load your Biennial Report PDF. Please print the report in order to complete it.

6. Complete and Mail your Report
Go through the form and update your LLC’s contact information. There will also be a few questions to answer as well.

Note: You cannot change your Registered Agent in the Biennial Report. If you need to change your Registered Agent, you’ll need to file this form as well: Change of Registered Agent.

Once your Biennial Report is complete, sign and date at the bottom.

Then prepare a check or money order for $60, made payable to “Secretary of State”. Mail your completed form and filing fee to:

Secretary of State
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

7. Wait for Processing
Your Biennial Report will be processed by the state in 7-14 business days. They will not mail back a receipt after your report has been filed. To verify if your filing has been processed, you can search your LLC here. Then click on your LLC’s Business Number, click the “Filings” link at the top, look for “Biennial Report” and click on the “Certificate Number” to download a copy.

Instructions for Filing Iowa LLC Biennial Report Online

1. Start Here:
https://sos.iowa.gov/file/br/login.aspx

2. Access the Report
Enter your LLC’s Corporation Number and Temporary Code, then click “File Online”.

If you need to find your LLC’s Corporation Number, search your LLC here, and look for its “Business No.”

If you didn’t receive a Temporary Code from the Iowa Secretary of State, please call them at 515-281-5204 and they will give you one over the phone.

3. Registered Agent Email Address
Enter or confirm your Registered Agent’s email address. The state will use this email address (as well as mailing postcards) for future Biennial Report reminders.

4. Review Instructions
Review the instructions provided on the next page and then click the “Continue” button.

5. Complete Your Report
Go through the report and update your LLC’s contact information. There will also be a few questions to answer as well.

Note: You cannot change your Registered Agent in the Biennial Report. If you need to change your Registered Agent, you’ll need to file this form as well: Change of Registered Agent.

Tip: If you are confused about any section, you will see small question mark icons which you can click for instructions.

Once your Biennial Report is complete, enter your full name in the ‘Signature’ box, enter “Member” or “Manager” in the ‘Title’ box, and then click “Continue to Review”.

7. Review Page
Review your report for accuracy and check for typos. If you need to make any changes, click the back button in your web browser. If everything looks good, click “Finish and Check Out”.

8. Select Method of Payment
Click the “Credit Card” button to pay by credit or debit card. Or click the “Electronic Check” button to pay with your bank account.

9. Submit Payment
Enter your billing and contact information and submit your $45 payment to the state.

10. Save Receipt
After you make payment, your Biennial Report is processed and filed immediately. On the next page you will see a receipt which you can download and save for your records.

You can also search your LLC here. Then click on your LLC’s Business Number, click the “Filings” link at the top, look for “Biennial Report” and click on the “Certificate Number” to download a copy.

Repeating Calendar Reminder

The state will send mail and email reminders about future Biennial Report due dates.

If you don’t receive a reminder though, it is still your responsibility to file your Biennial Report on time every 2 years. If you don’t, the state will administratively dissolve your LLC.

For this reason, we recommend putting a repeating reminder on your calendar.

Next Step

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

Iowa Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Iowa Secretary of State at 515-281-5204 or by email at [email protected].

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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8 Comments

  1. Renetta January 14, 2017

    Thank you for your detail in how to file the Bi-ennial Report. But why is this report necessary? I have a very small publishing company set up under an LLC. To have to pay $30 a year to answer two agriculture questions totally unrelated to my business seems unnecessary if not a racket! Maybe I should be writing my state representatives. Thanks!

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    • Matt Horwitz January 14, 2017

      Hey Renatta, I hear you on the 2 questions lol! The purpose of the Annual Report is to keep the state updated with your Registered Agent address in case your business is served a lawsuit (also known as Service of Process). And yes, they do make some money. However, for $30 (every other year), I would say it’s not too bad. Take a look at the LLC annual fees in all the other states. These are every year: $800 in CA, $300 in DE, $250 in IL, $300 in MD, $500 in MA, $500 in NV the first year, $200 in NC, $300 in TN, and $300 in DC. I’d say Iowa is quite reasonable ;)

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      • Renetta January 16, 2017

        Thanks, Matt. Okay, I see the bigger picture now and yes, Iowa is one of the better states for the amount of fees thet charge.

        Thanks for your reply and for answering so promptly!

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        • Matt Horwitz January 16, 2017

          Awesome :) You’re very welcome Renetta. We’re here if you have any other questions!

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  2. Bret January 29, 2017

    Hi, Matt,

    I read your comment that the purpose of the LLC biennial report is to keep the state updated on the address of its Registered Agent. Is that the only content that the state wants to see?
    My brother and I had a very small handyman service last year. We are uncertain about it’s continuance this year. There was not much to discuss in terms of formal meetings.
    Will the state want to see formal meetings in this report?
    Thanks in advance,
    – Bret

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    • Matt Horwitz January 29, 2017

      Hey Bret, the Biennial Report just has basic info like name of LLC, address, and Registered Agent info. They don’t need any info on formal (or informal) meetings. Hope that helps!

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  3. Jim Havermann January 29, 2019

    Matt. I formed an LLC in 2014 and have not used it. I don’t remember receiving post cards or email as to a renewal fee. I may use the LLC in the future but am not sure. Could you let me know what fee I owe to keep it open? Thanks Jim

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    • Matt Horwitz February 7, 2019

      Hey Jim, in this case, you’ll need to call the Secretary of State and check the status of the LLC. If it’s not in good standing, you may just be able to file to bring it back in good standing. Or there’s a change you’ll need to file a reinstatement. The Secretary of State’s office will be the one to tell you though. Hope that helps.

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