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LLC Filing Fees by State


The table below shows LLC filing fees listed by state.

This is up to date as of August 2017.

LLC filing fees range from $50 to $505.

The average cost to file an LLC in the US is $136.

Important: Just because certain states have lower fees does not mean you should form there! It could end up costing you a lot more money. You could end up illegally doing business in your home state and having to file 2 LLCs (a Domestic LLC and a Foreign LLC). If you haven’t seen our “best state” video yet, make sure to check it out: What’s the Best state to form an LLC?

LLC Filing Fee: One-time fee paid to the state of formation to create your LLC. This fee is not monthly. There are no states that have monthly LLC fees.

LLC Annual/Biennial Fee: Ongoing mandatory fee – usually paid every 1 or 2 years – which keeps your LLC in compliance and in good standing. There are late fees if filed after the deadline. In 90% of states, they will shut down your LLC if you ignore this requirement.

LLC Cost by State:

State LLCLLC Filing FeeLLC Annual/Biennial Fee
Alabama LLC$183$100 minimum (every year)
Alaska LLC$250$100 (every 2 years)
Arizona LLC$50$0 (report due every year)
Arkansas LLC$50$150 (every year)
California LLC$70$800 (every year) + $20 (every 2 years)
Colorado LLC$50$10 (every year)
Connecticut LLC$160$20 (every year)
Delaware LLC$90$300 (every year)
Florida LLC$125$138.75 (every year)
Georgia LLC$100$50 (every year)
Hawaii LLC$50$15 (every year)
Idaho LLC$100$0 (every year)
Illinois LLC$500$250 (every year)
Indiana LLC$90$30 (every 2 years)
Iowa LLC$50$45 (every 2 years)
Kansas LLC$165$55 (every year)
Kentucky LLC$40 (sorry, I said $90 in the video)$15 (every year)
Louisiana LLC$100$35 (every year)
Maine LLC$175$85 (every year)
Maryland LLC$100$300 (every year)
Massachusetts LLC$500$500 (every year)
Michigan LLC$50$25 (every year)
Minnesota LLC$160$0 (report due every year)
Mississippi LLC$50$0 (report due every year)
Missouri LLC$105$0 (no report)
Montana LLC$70$20 (every year)
Nebraska LLC$105$10 (every 2 years)
Nevada LLC$75$500 ($150 initial, then $350 annually)
New Hampshire LLC$100$100 (every year)
New Jersey LLC$125$53 (every year)
New Mexico LLC$50$0 (no report)
New York LLC$200$9 (every 2 years)
North Carolina LLC$125$200 (every year)
North Dakota LLC$135$50 (every year)
Ohio LLC$99$0 (no report)
Oklahoma LLC$100$25 (every year)
Oregon LLC$100$100 (every year)
Pennsylvania LLC$125$70 (every 10 years)
Rhode Island LLC$150$50 (every year)
South Carolina LLC$110$0 (no report unless LLC is taxed as S-Corp)
South Dakota LLC$150$50 (every year)
Tennessee LLC$300$300 (every year)
Texas LLC$300$0 (report due every year)
Utah LLC$70$15 (every year)
Vermont LLC$125$35 (every year)
Virginia LLC$100$50 (every year)
Washington LLC$180$81 ($10 initial, then $71 every year)
Washington D.C. LLC$220$300 (every year)
West Virginia LLC$100$25 (every year)
Wisconsin LLC$130$25 (every year)
Wyoming LLC$100$50 (every year)

Video Transcript:

Hey folks. What’s happening? Matt Horwitz, LLCuniversity.com. I have some notes here. We’re going to be talking about LLC filing fees by state. This is on a table, but I’m just going to put it in video format as it might be helpful for some people. Let’s get started. LLC filing feels range from between $50 and $500. It is state specific. If you’re not sure which state you should form your LLC in you should form it in your home state. This is the case for 98% of people. There’s another video on our channel we’re we talk in depth about this. The average cost to file an LLC in the United States is currently $136. Are you ready for some rapid fire stuff?

Alabama, $183. Alaska $250. Arizona $50. Arkansas $50. California $70. Colorado $50. Connecticut $160. Delaware $90. DC $220. Florida $125. Georgia $100. Hawaii $50. Idaho $100. Illinois $505, although they are talking about reducing that fee. That may change. Indiana $90. Iowa $50. Kansas $165. Kentucky $90. Louisiana $100. Maine $175. Maryland $100. Massachusetts $500, ouch. Massachusetts and Illinois those $500 boys. Massachusetts also is a pain in the ass because their annual renewal fee is $500. More on that in a second. Expensive state up there. Michigan $50, good one. Minnesota $160. Mississippi $50. Those $50 guys are just lucky aren’t they? Missouri $105. Montana $70. Nebraska $105. Nevada $75. New Hampshire $100. New Jersey $125. New Mexico $50. New York $200.

New York also has a pain in the ass publishing requirement. We do have a video, it’s not made yet. It might be made by the time you’re watching this. Anyway that New York publication requirement can cost people anywhere between $500 to $1000. We can show you how to save that money via a pretty advanced publication strategy loophole. More on that later. North Dakota $135. Ohio recently reduced to $99. Oklahoma $100. Oregon $100. Pennsylvania $125, my home state. Rhode Island $150. South Carolina $110. South Dakota $150. Tennessee, Texas those are the $300s. Again Tennessee $300. Texas $300. Utah $70. Vermont $125. Virginia $100. Washington $180. West Virginia $100. Wisconsin $130. Wyoming $100. Washington, DC $220. I already had that on the list didn’t I? Yeah. I guess it appears twice by accident.

I’m probably not going to make this video every single year. This video is being made mid 2016. I have all this information as a default table on our web site. Find the link around or below this video to check updated filing fees. We do update that table on a regular basis. Now, besides your state filing fees most states also have what’s called an annual report. It has other names such as annual registration fee, periodic report, biennial report, decennial report, a bunch of different names. There’s a link, it should be in the description box. We also have another video that goes in depth there. Again, if you want to check the updated filing fees click through to the table to get the most up to date stuff if you’re watching this in the future. Hello, future people. All right. Hope this video was helpful for you. I will talk to you soon. Take care. Bye, bye.

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10 Comments

  1. Alberto Benitez January 31, 2017

    Really good Videos Matt Thank you!.

    I have a question about an LLC does an LLC have to pay Franchise Tax if an LLC makes anything over $0 Dollars (Example if it makes an amount of 500 dollars.)

    Thanks Matt

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    • Matt Horwitz January 31, 2017

      Thanks Alberto! Which state would you be referring to? For the most part, LLCs need to file and pay a Franchise Tax (connected to an Annual Report requirement), regardless of income or activity. In some states, where the Franchise Tax is not “connected to” the LLC’s Annual Report (and instead it’s more an an actual tax) you’ll still need to file a return, but it can be “zeroed out”.

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  2. DaJuana Morris July 5, 2017

    Hi Matt, my question is – if I don’t have the actual location in place but already have an EIN number should, and I am planning to be a Sole Propriety LLC in the State of PA, should I apply for the LLC and business name now prior to finding my location? Do I have to also get a fictitious name for the business or just go with the company name when applying for the LLC? I am planning to be a sole propriety business.

    Thank you for your advice and response in advance.

    Regards,

    Mrs. Morris

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    • Matt Horwitz July 6, 2017

      Hello Mrs. Morris, to correct a few things you said: First, you are forming an LLC that will be taxed by the IRS as a Sole Proprietorship. Be careful when you say “I am planning to be a sole proprietorship business”. This implies that you will not form a legal entity and you will be operating as yourself… which it does sound like that is what you are wanting. Regarding the EIN, the one you have currently is not “attached” to your LLC, since your LLC is not formed yet. That EIN is attached to you personally, so you would get a new EIN for your LLC (after your LLC is approved). And regarding the Fictitious Name, you are not required to file this, unless you want to operate your business under a different name than that of your LLC. Hope that helps.

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  3. Emily July 20, 2017

    Do you have information to a LLC in Guam for real estate investing ?

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    • Matt Horwitz July 21, 2017

      We currently don’t have info on LLCs in Guam at this point. It’s on our list though. However, the quick version is that you need to draft your own Articles of Organization (instructions) and file it with the Department of Revenue and Taxation. Their LLC filing fee is $1,000. The government also offers this informational PDF and includes their phone numbers. Easiest thing to do is to call their offices for more details on the Business License requirement, Annual Report, and any other requirements.

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  4. Emily F. August 7, 2017

    Hi Matt,
    I am in Wisconsin. I am (or think I am) a member of an LLC. My business partner and I have had a falling out, and now I wish to withdraw from the LLC and the business all together. We did not make an operating agreement when forming the LLC. I am listed as an organizer on the Articles of Organization, but members of the LLC are not listed. The partner is the registered agent. There are no debts and I do not want any of the assets. I just want to walk away. The partner is refusing to sign paperwork to allow me to withdraw from the LLC.
    What are my options to withdraw from the LLC without litigation?
    Thanks!

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    • Matt Horwitz August 7, 2017

      Hi Emily, I’m not sure in this case. You’ll need to speak with a lawyer since it sounds like there is a verbal contract in place.

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  5. Cameron Swartzentruber October 11, 2017

    Hi Matt, Thanks for the great info. If I form an LLC in Michigan is it ok to open my bank account for that LLC in Buffalo NY? I,m from Ontario,Canada and Buffalo is closer to drive to in order to open up an account.

    Thanks

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    • Matt Horwitz October 18, 2017

      Hey Cameron, the only way to do this is via a “cross-branch opening”. You’re technically opening a Michigan bank account in NY, if you can find a branch office in both states that will facilitate this. Call a bank that’s in both states and ask them for how to coordinate it. If not, it’s better to make the drive to MI. Hope that helps :)

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