Iowa Biennial Report
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Any Iowa LLC doing business in Iowa must file a Biennial Report every 2 years.

You need to file an Iowa 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 $45 and the processing time is 7-14 business days.

If you file online, the fee is $30 and the processing time is immediate.

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

Note: The Iowa Biennial Report fees used to be $15 more, however, that changed beginning in 2023. Check out Iowa LLC Cost to learn about other other LLC fees.

Due Date for Iowa Biennial Report

LLC Annual ReportThe 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 is approved in 2020, your first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of 2021 (and then every 2 years after that).
  • If your Iowa LLC is approved in 2021 or 2022, your first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of 2023 (and then every 2 years after that).
  • If your Iowa LLC is approved in 2023 or 2024, your first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of 2025 (and then every 2 years after that).

How early can you file?

You can file anytime after the 1st Monday in January.

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.

Instructions for Filing Iowa LLC Biennial Report Online

Start Here:

  1. Visit the Iowa Secretary of State: Fast Track Filing page
  2. Under “Business Filings“, click “File a document
  3. Look under “Existing Entities” and click “Biennial Report
  4. Search your LLC by name (or by Iowa Business Number)
  5. Click on your LLC name and then begin the filing

Remitter

Enter your contact information in this section.

The state will use your email address for future Biennial Report reminders.

Principal Office

Complete – or update – your LLC’s principal office address.

Note: You can’t change your Registered Agent in the Biennial Report. If you need to change your Registered Agent, you need to separately file this form: Change of Registered Agent.

Sign the Biennial Report

Agree to the terms and enter your name to electronically sign the report.

Review

Review your report for accuracy and check for typos.

If you need to make any changes, you can edit your filing.

If everything looks good, proceed to the next step.

Payment

Select your method of payment, enter your billing and contact information, and submit your Biennial Report to the state.

Save Receipt

After you make payment, your Biennial Report is processed and filed immediately.

On the next page, you can click “View submitted filing” if you want to download a copy of your filed Biennial Report.

Note: 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 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: Business License and permits

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.

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
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8 comments on “Iowa Biennial Report”

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

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  2. 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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    • 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. 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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    • 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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