Starting a Nebraska LLC, step-by-step
Starting a Nebraska LLC costs $100. And it takes 3 days to get an LLC in Nebraska.
Here are the 6 steps to forming an LLC in Nebraska:
- Choose an LLC Name
- Select a Registered Agent
- File a Certificate of Organization
- Create an Operating Agreement
- Get an EIN
- Publish a Newspaper Notice
If you want to form your LLC yourself, follow our free guide below.
If you want someone to take care of it for you, we recommend hiring Northwest Registered Agent
(We recommend Northwest. We've reviewed all the top companies in the industry. And Northwest is our #1 pick for prices, customer support, and address privacy. Check out Northwest vs LegalZoom to learn more.)
How much does it cost to start an LLC in Nebraska?
It costs $100 to start an LLC in Nebraska.
And then it costs $13 every 2 years.
What are these fees for?
- The $100 is to file the Certificate of Organization – the document that creates an LLC.
- The $13 every 2 years is for your Biennial Report – a mandatory filing that keeps your LLC in good standing.
To learn more about LLC Costs, see LLC Costs in Nebraska.
How long does it take to get an LLC in Nebraska?
If you file your LLC by mail, it will be approved in 2-3 business days (plus mail time).
Or, if you file online, your LLC will be approved in 2-3 business days.
Please see How long does it take to get an LLC in Nebraska to check for any delays.
Here are the steps to forming an LLC in Nebraska
1. Search your LLC Name
Search your Nebraska LLC Name to make sure it’s available in the state.
You need to do this because two businesses in the state can’t have the same name.
First, search your business name and compare it to existing businesses in Nebraska. You can make sure the LLC Name you want is unique from existing businesses using the Corporate and Business Search from the Nebraska Secretary of State.
Second, familiarize yourself with the Nebraska LLC naming guidelines (so your Nebraska LLC gets approved).
We’ll explain both in more detail here: Nebraska LLC Name.
2. Choose a Nebraska Registered Agent
The next step is to choose a Nebraska Registered Agent.
A Nebraska Registered Agent is a person or company who accepts legal mail and state notices on behalf of your Nebraska Limited Liability Company.
Who can be an LLC Registered Agent?
You have 3 options for who can be the Registered Agent:
- A friend or family member
- A Registered Agent Service
The Registered Agent for your LLC must have a physical street address in Nebraska. PO Boxes aren’t allowed.
And the Registered Agent’s name and address will be listed on public records.
If you don’t have an address in Nebraska, or you want more privacy, you can hire a Registered Agent Service for your LLC.
We recommend Northwest Registered Agent
Our favorite feature about Northwest is they’ll let you use their office address throughout your LLC filing. This way, you can keep your address off public records.
They’ll also scan any mail sent to your LLC and upload it to your online account.
Northwest has excellent customer service, and they’re who we trust to be our own Registered Agent.
3. File Nebraska LLC Certificate of Organization
To start an LLC, you need to file the Nebraska Certificate of Organization.
This gets filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State.
The Nebraska Certificate of Organization costs $100 if you file online.
This is a one-time fee to create your LLC.
If you want to file this yourself, see our step-by-step guide: Nebraska Certificate of Organization.
Or, you can hire a company to do it for you.
4. Create a Nebraska LLC Operating Agreement
A Nebraska LLC Operating Agreement serves as a “companion” document to the Certificate of Organization.
The Certificate of Organization creates your LLC, and the Operating Agreement shows who owns the LLC.
Additionally, some banks require an Operating Agreement when you open an LLC bank account.
And having an Operating Agreement will be very helpful if you ever end up in court. Reason being, it helps prove that your LLC is being run properly.
That’s why we recommend that all LLCs have an Operating Agreement – including Single-Member LLCs.
Furthermore, an Operating Agreement is an “internal document“. Meaning, you don’t need to file it with the state or the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). Just keep a copy with your business entity records.
You can download a free template below.
Then, learn how to fill it out by watching our step-by-step Nebraska Operating Agreement video.
5. Get an EIN for your LLC
The next step is to get a Nebraska EIN Number from the IRS for your LLC.
Note: An EIN Number is also called a Federal Tax ID Number or Federal Employer Identification Number.
An EIN Number is used to:
- identify your LLC for tax purposes
- open a business bank account
- apply for business licenses and permits
How much does an EIN cost?
Getting an EIN Number from the IRS is completely free.
How long does it take to get an EIN?
If you apply online, it takes 15 minutes.
If you apply by mail or fax, it can take 1-3 months.
How can I get an EIN?
US Citizens/US Residents: If you have an SSN or ITIN, you can apply for an EIN online. Follow these instructions: Apply for an EIN online.
Non-US Residents: You can’t get an EIN online, but you can still get one by fax or by mail. Follow these instructions: How to get an EIN without an SSN or ITIN.
6. Publish a Newspaper Notice
All Nebraska LLCs must publish an ad (called a “Notice of Organization”) in a legal newspaper.
The newspaper you choose must:
- be located near your LLC’s Designated Office,
- have general circulation, and
- run the ad for 3 weeks.
After the 3 weeks, the newspaper will send you Proof of Publication.
You must file the Proof of Publication with the Nebraska Secretary of State.
If you don’t, the law can be interpreted that, until your LLC publishes, the LLC owners may be exposed to personal liability.
Get step-by-step instructions and more information here: Nebraska LLC Newspaper Publication Requirement.
What do I do after my LLC is approved?
After your Nebraska LLC is approved, there are some additional steps.
Open an LLC business bank account
You’ll want to open a business bank account for your LLC.
This makes accounting and record-keeping much easier for your business finances.
Having a separate business bank account also maintains your personal liability protection. This is because it keeps your business finances separate from your personal finances.
Get Nebraska business licenses and permits
Good news, Nebraska doesn’t have a state general business license.
However, depending on where your LLC is located, you may need a local business license or permit.
For example, if you want to start a daycare, you may need a business license from the city or county.
You can learn more on our Nebraska Business License page.
File your Nebraska LLC Biennial Report
All Nebraska LLCs must file a Biennial Report every 2 years (every odd-numbered year).
The Biennial Report keeps your LLC in good standing with the state.
How much does a Nebraska LLC Biennial Report cost?
The Biennial Report filing fee is $13 every 2 years.
When is the Biennial Report due?
Your Biennial report is due every 2 years by April 1st.
When is my first Biennial Report due?
Your first Biennial Report is due the first odd-numbered year after the year your LLC was approved.
After that, your Biennial Report must be filed by April 1st on every odd-numbered year going forward.
How do I file my LLC Biennial Report?
You can file your LLC’s Biennial Report online or by mail. We recommend the online filing because it’s easier to complete.
Follow our step-by-step guide here: Nebraska LLC Biennial Report.
File and pay taxes
LLCs don’t pay federal income tax. Instead, the LLC Members pay the taxes for the LLC.
Said another way, each business owner pays taxes for the LLC as a part of their personal tax return.
How will my LLC be taxed?
By default, a Nebraska LLC is taxed by the IRS based on the number of owners your LLC has:
- A Single-Member LLC is taxed like a Sole Proprietorship.
- A Multi-Member LLC is taxed like a Partnership.
Alternatively, you can ask the IRS to tax your LLC like a C-Corporation or S-Corporation.
Besides federal taxes, there are also state and local income taxes – and sales tax. Learn more in Nebraska LLC Taxes.
How to Start an LLC in Nebraska FAQs
Can I start an LLC online in Nebraska?
Yes, you can file your LLC online in Nebraska. The Certificate of Organization filing fee is $100.
When you start your LLC online, it will be approved in 2-3 business days.
What are the benefits of an LLC?
The first benefit of an LLC is protecting your personal assets. Meaning, if your business is sued, your personal assets – like your home, cars, and bank accounts – are protected.
This protection applies to all LLC owners (called LLC Members). It doesn’t matter if you have a Single-Member LLC or Multi-Member LLC. All of the LLC owners are protected from the business debts and liabilities.
This type of protection wouldn’t apply if you operate as a Sole Proprietorship or Partnership. With these types of informal business structures, the owners aren’t protected in the event of a lawsuit. For that reason, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a much more popular business structure.
Another benefit is LLC pass-through taxation. This means the LLC itself doesn’t pay federal income taxes. Instead, the profits “pass through” to the LLC Members. And the Members pay the taxes on their personal tax return.
And Nebraska state income taxes are very similar, since the state honors the federal tax treatment of your LLC.
To learn more, please see How are LLCs taxed.
Is Nebraska a good state to start an LLC?
Whether Nebraska is a good state to start an LLC depends on where you live – and where you’re doing business.
Meaning, if you live in or do business in Nebraska, then you should start your LLC in Nebraska. While many websites talk about tax rates and advantages of certain states, none of that applies if it’s not the state where you live and do business.
For example, if you form an LLC in Delaware, but live in and conduct business in Nebraska, you’ll also need to register your Delaware LLC in Nebraska (and pay extra fees). And you’ll end up paying Nebraska taxes anyway. This ends up leading to more costs and more headaches with no advantages.
In summary, if you live in and conduct business in Nebraska, then yes, Nebraska is a good state to start a business. If you don’t live in and do business in Nebraska, then no, Nebraska isn’t a good state to start a business.
Real estate exception: If you’re purchasing real estate outside of Nebraska, you should form your LLC in the state where the property is located.
For more information, please see Best State to Form an LLC.