Last updated May 30, 2020

Your LLC’s Annual Report

**Short Answer: Your state will require you to file an Annual Report in order to keep your LLC in compliance, your contact information updated and your LLC in good standing. Fees and due dates vary by state.**

LLC Annual Report: Form an LLC (10/11)

Video Transcript:

Your state will require you to file an annual report in order to keep your LLC in compliance, your contact information updated, and your LLC in good standing. Fees and due dates vary by the state. Once your LLC is formed, paperwork with the state is not over. As a part of the ongoing requirements for your LLC, your state requires that you file an annual report and pay a filing fee. The annual report can take many names, such as the annual report, annual statement, statement of information, periodic report, biennial statement, decennial report, and many more, and not all annual reports are annual. Some may be required to file every year, some every two years, and some may be lucky enough to only have to file every ten years. It just depends on your state and their requirements. Since most states refer to the report as the ‘annual report,’ we’ll do so as well, just for simplicity. The purpose of the annual report is to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing. Additionally, it keeps the state updated with your LLC’s contact information. If you fail to file your annual report, the state will automatically dissolve or shut down your LLC. Your annual report will include your LLC name, your office address, your registered agent information, and an LLC number from your Secretary of State. The LLC number is just a number that your state uses to reference and identify your LLC. How do you file and pay your annual report? Generally, there are two ways you can file your annual report with your state: You can file it by mail, or you can file it online. If you file by mail, you will fill out your annual report on your computer, or fill it out by hand. Next, you’ll make a copy for your business records, and then mail the original to the state, along with a check or money order to pay the filing fee. If you file online, you’ll prepare and submit your annual report on the state’s website and pay the filing fee with a debit or credit card. Regardless of what option you choose, it’s important that you file your annual report on time. Most states will send you a reminder to pay and file your annual report prior to the deadline, but not all of them do that. For this reason, we recommend that you keep a repeating reminder on your calendar. What are the consequences for not filing your annual report? If you don’t file your annual report on time, the state will charge you a late fee. If you continue to ignore this requirement, the state will automatically dissolve and shut down your LLC. Some states are stricter than others, so it’s best not to push your luck here. Where do you get your annual report? If you have formed an LLC, but are not sure how to get your annual report from the state, you can visit your state’s website and contact them for guidance. The links to the various states’ websites can be found on our website. If you hired a company to form your LLC, then you need to verify whether they will file it on your behalf, and charge you to do so, or if you need to file it on your own. Remember, just because you paid a company to form your LLC, the annual report is ultimately your responsibility, in order to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing. If you have not formed your LLC yet, don’t worry. You only have to file your annual report after your LLC is formed. If you hire a company to form your LLC, just make sure to find out whether they will file your annual report for you, or if you need to do it yourself. If you join our online video course, we’ll show you how to file your annual report step by step. We’ll also give you the specifics on filing fees and due dates for your state. In summary, it’s important to make sure you file your annual report on time, so your LLC remains in compliance and in good standing with your state.

Once your LLC is formed, paperwork with the state is not over.

As a part of the ongoing requirements for your LLC, your state requires that you file an Annual Report and pay a filing fee every year.

The Annual Report can take many names:

– Annual Report
– Annual Statement
– Statement of Information
– Periodic Report
– Biennial Statement
– Decennial Report
– And more

And not all Annual Reports are “annual”.

Some may be required to file every year, some every 2 years, and some may be fortunate enough to only have to file every 10 years. It just depends on your state and their requirements.

Since most states refer to the report as the Annual Report, we will do so as well just for simplicity.

The Purpose of the Annual Report

The purpose of the Annual Report is to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing.

Additionally, it keeps the state updated with your LLC’s contact information.

If you fail to file your Annual Report, the state will automatically dissolve (shut down) your LLC.

Your Annual Report will include your LLC name, your office address, your Registered Agent information, and an “LLC Number” from your Secretary of State.

The “LLC number” is just a number that your state uses to reference your LLC. The easiest way to understand it is to think of it like your LLC’s “driver’s license number”.

Filing Fee and Due Date

Filing fees and due dates for the Annual Report vary by state.

Filing fees can range from $9/year up to $800/year.

Some Annual Reports are due every year.

Some Annual Reports are due every 2 years.

And, some Annual Reports are due every 10 years.

Again, it all depends on your state and its requirements.

Here is a full list of annual LLC requirements for all 50 states.

How to File and Pay Your Annual Report

Generally, there are two ways you can file your Annual Report with your state.

You can file by mail or you can file online.

If you file by mail, you will fill out your Annual Report with a blue or black pen by hand (or you can fill it out on your computer).

Next, you will make a copy for your business records and then mail it to the State along with a check or money order to pay the filing fee.

If you file online, you will prepare and submit your Annual Report on the State’s website and pay the filing fee with a debit or credit card.

Regardless of what option you choose, it is important that you file your Annual Report on time.

Annual Report Reminders

Most states will send you a reminder to pay and file your Annual Report prior to the deadline, but not all states do this.

For that reason, we recommend that you keep a repeating reminder on your calendar.

Consequences of Not Filing

If you don’t file your Annual Report on time, the state will charge you a late fee.

If you continue to ignore this requirement, the State will automatically dissolve (shut down) your LLC.

Some states are stricter than others, so it’s best not to push your luck here.

Where do I get my Annual Report?

Many people file their Annual Report themselves after their LLC is formed.

If you have formed an LLC:

But you are not sure how to get your Annual Report from the state, you can visit your state’s website and contact them for guidance:

State Department Business Division Business Entity Search
Alabama Secretary of State Alabama Business Services Alabama Business Entity
State of Alaska Alaska Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing Alaska Corporations Database
Arizona Secretary of State Arizona Corporation Commission Arizona eCorp Business Entity Search
Arkansas Secretary of State Arkansas Business & Commercial Services Arkansas Business Entity Search
California Secretary of State California Business Entities California Business Search
Colorado Secretary of State Colorado Business Organizations Colorado Business Database Search
Connecticut Secretary of State Connecticut Business Services Connecticut Business Inquiry Search
State of Delaware Delaware Division of Corporations Delaware Business Entity Search
District of Columbia Office of the Secretary District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) District of Columbia Business Filings Search (login required)
Florida Department of State Florida Sunbiz Florida Business Name Search
Georgia Secretary of State Georgia Corporations Division Georgia Business Search
State of Hawaii Hawaii Business Registration (BREG) Hawaii Business Entity & Documents Search
Idaho Secretary of State Idaho Business Entities Idaho Business Entity Search
Illinois Secretary of State Illinois Business Services Illinois Corporation & LLC Search
Indiana Secretary of State Indiana's INBiz Indiana Business Search
Iowa Secretary of State Iowa Business Services Iowa Business Entities Search
Kansas Secretary of State Kansas Business Filing Center Kansas Business Entity Search Station (BESS)
Kentucky Secretary of State Kentucky Business Services Kentucky FastTrack Business Organization Search
Louisiana Secretary of State Louisiana Business Services Louisiana Business Filings Search
Maine Secretary of State Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions Maine Corporate Name Search
Maryland Secretary of State Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation Business Services Maryland Business Entity Search
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Massachusetts Corporations Division Massachusetts Business Entity Search
Michigan Secretary of State Michigan Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau Michigan Business Entity Search
Minnesota Secretary of State Minnesota Business Services Minnesota Search Business Filings
Mississippi Secretary of State Mississippi Business Services Division Mississippi Business Search
Missouri Secretary of State Missouri Business Services Division Missouri Business Entity Search
Montana Secretary of State Montana Business Services Division Montana Business Entities Search
Nebraska Secretary of State Nebraska Business Services Division Nebraska Corporation and Business Search
Nevada Secretary of State Nevada Commercial Recordings Division Nevada Business Search
New Hampshire Secretary of State New Hampshire Corporation Division New Hampshire QuickStart Business Search
New Jersey Department of State New Jersey Department of the Treasury New Jersey Business Entity Name Search
New Mexico Secretary of State New Mexico Corporations Bureau New Mexico Business Search
New York Department of State New York Division of Corporations New York Corporation & Business Entity Database
North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State North Carolina Corporations Division North Carolina Corporate Name Search
North Dakota Secretary of State North Dakota Business Services North Dakota Business Search
Ohio Secretary of State Ohio Business Services Ohio Business Search
Oklahoma Secretary of State Oklahoma Business Services Oklahoma Search Corporation Entities
Oregon Secretary of State Oregon Corporation Division Services Oregon Business Name Search
Pennsylvania Department of State Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations Pennsylvania Business Entity Search
Puerto Rico Departamento de Estado Puerto Rico Registro de Corporaciones y Entidades Puerto Rico Búsqueda de Corporaciones
Rhode Island Secretary of State Rhode Island Business Portal Rhode Island Corporate Database
South Carolina Secretary of State South Carolina Business Entities South Carolina Business Name Search
South Dakota Secretary of State South Dakota Business Services South Dakota Business Information Search
Tennessee Secretary of State Tennessee Business Services Tennessee Business Information Search
Texas Secretary of State Texas Corporations Section Texas Taxable Entity Search
Utah Secretary of State Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code Utah Business Name Search
Vermont Secretary of State Vermont Corporations & Business Services Vermont Business Search
Commonwealth of Virginia Virginia State Corporation Commission Virginia Business Entity Search
Washington Secretary of State Washington Corporations Division Washington Corporations Search
West Virginia Secretary of State West Virginia Business Division West Virginia Business Entity Search
Wisconsin Secretary of State Wisconsin Corporation Section of the Division of Corporate & Consumer Services Wisconsin Search Corporate Records
Wyoming Secretary of State Wyoming Business Division Wyoming Business Entity Search

If you hired a company to form your LLC, then you need to verify whether they will file it on your behalf (and charge you to do so), or if you need to file it on your own.

Remember, just because you paid a company to form your LLC, the Annual Report is ultimately your responsibility in order to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing.

If you have not formed your LLC yet:

Don’t worry, you only have to file your Annual Report AFTER you form your LLC.

If you hire a company to form your LLC, just make sure to find out whether they will file your Annual Report for you or if you need to do it yourself.

If you need to file an Annual Report yourself, select your state below, then click on the Annual Report lesson:

In summary, it is important to make sure you file your LLC Annual (or Biennial) Report on time. If you don’t, your LLC will be fined, your LLC be out of compliance, and the state will administratively dissolve (shut down) your LLC. Failure to file the Annual Report is the #1 reason that LLCs are administratively dissolved by the state, so don’t take this lightly.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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