Nebraska Biennial Report

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Nebraska LLC
Biennial Report Instructions

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

Detailed Lessons:

 

Nebraska LLC costs:
LLC formation: $105 (one-time fee)
Biennial report: $10 (every 2 years)

Need help?
Hire a company to form your Nebraska LLC:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

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All LLCs doing business in Nebraska 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 Nebraska Secretary of State. If you don’t file a Biennial Report, the state will shut down your LLC.

You can file your LLC’s Biennial Report by mail or online, but the state prefers online filings, so that is the only method we’re going to teach in this lesson.

Filing Fee and Processing Times:
The filing fee is $13. Since it’s filed electronically, your Biennial Report will be processed immediately.

Due Date:
Your 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, your Biennial Report must be filed every odd-numbered year going forward.

For example:
– If your LLC was formed in 2015 or 2016, your first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of 2017. The next one is due in 2019, and so on.

– If your LLC was formed in 2017 or 2018, your first Biennial Report is due between January 1st and April 1st of 2019. The next one is due in 2021, and so on.

How early can you file?
You can file your LLC’s Biennial Report as early as January 2nd.

Penalty:
If you miss the April 1st deadline, you still have the chance to submit your Biennial Report up until June 1st (the grace period). If you don’t, then your LLC will go into a “Delinquent” status and will soon be administratively revoked (the state doesn’t accept any Biennial Reports after June 1st).

Reminders:
The state only sends reminders by mail (to your Registered Agent’s address) letting you know your due date is approaching.

However, even if you don’t receive the reminder (or your Registered Agent forgets to forward), it’s still your responsibility to file your Biennial Report on time.

*Important: Repeating Reminder
It’s extremely important to file your Biennial Report. Remember, the state will administratively revoke your LLC if you fail to file your Biennial Report. We strongly recommend that you put a repeating calendar reminder on your phone and computer, as well as place a written reminder in a place that’s easy to see in your home or office. Again, even if you don’t receive a reminder notice from the state, it is still your responsibility to file your Annual Report every year. Please don’t ignore this requirement.

Warning: The Biennial Report downloadable form and online filing system are only available on the state’s website during the filing period (January 1st to June 1st). After June 1st, they will be taken down from the website, and you will no longer have a chance to file your Biennial Report.

How to File Nebraska LLC Biennial Report Online

Get Started:
• Go to the “First Look” page: http://www.sos.ne.gov/dyindex.html.

• Click the green button, “File Online LLC and LLP” (a new tab/window will open).

• On the next page, scroll down and enter your LLC’s Account Number, and then click the “Submit” button.

Tip: you can find your Nebraska LLC’s Account Number by using the business entity search tool, or by looking at your LLC approval documents.

“If this information has changed, please check this box”:
It’s our opinion that the Nebraska Biennial Report is very poorly designed and easily confusing. For that reason, we recommend reading the following information twice, in order to best understand.

What the “if this information has changed” checkbox is referring to, are the following items:
– LLC Name
– Designated Office Address
– Registered Agent and Office Address

If you’d like to change any of these 3 items, you actually can’t do that here in the Biennial Report, but you have to check the box, letting the state know that’ll you be changing them shortly with a form called the Statement of Change. We will show you how to do this a few paragraphs down.

So, if you’re changing your LLC name, Designated office address, and/or Registered Agent and Office Address, please check off the “If this information has changed…” box. Again, we’ll walk you through the rest of the steps shortly.

If you don’t need to change your LLC name, Designated office address, and/or Registered Agent and Office Address, please leave the box unchecked.

Principal Office Address:
Please review your Principal Office Address information. You can leave it as-is or make changes if needed.

What’s the Difference between Principal Office Address and Designated Office Address?
A lot of people scratch their head when they see Principal Office Address. Especially when you see the Designated Office Address at the top of the form. What the heck is the difference?!

Nebraska is unique in that you have 3 addresses on file with them:
– Registered Agent’s Office Address
– Designated Office Address
– Principal Office Address

The Registered Agent’s Office Address is the address where the Registered Agent in Nebraska is located. The Registered Agent is responsible for receiving legal mail, known as Service of Process, in the event your LLC is sued. This address must be a street address in Nebraska, and it cannot be a PO Box.

The Designated Office Address is your “official Nebraska office location”. This address must be in Nebraska as well, and it also cannot be a PO Box. Sometimes this might be the same address as your Registered Agent’s Office address, but it can be a different address, such as a home or office.

The Principal Office Address is your “official company address”, whether or not it’s in Nebraska. And yes, this one usually confuses people the most. If you’re forming an LLC in Nebraska, this address will be the same as your Designated Office Address. If you formed an LLC in another state, but you’re registering that out-of-state LLC to do business in Nebraska (called a “Foreign LLC”), then this address will be your out-of-state office address.

Note: there is a chance all of your addresses may be the same, two of them may be the same, or all of them may be different.

Filer Information:
Enter your name and title (either “Member” or “Manager”), check off the authorization box at the bottom, and then click “Submit”.

Notice about Printing and Mailing:
At the top of the next page, you’ll see a notice about the option to print and mail this form. You can ignore this since we’re only going to do the online filing.

Review:
Review all your information on this page for accuracy and check for typos. If you need to make any changes to your LLC’s principal office address or filer information, click the edit button to the right of any section. Once you review the page and everything looks good, click the “Proceed to Payment” button at the bottom.

Billing Information:
Enter your name (as it appears on your credit/debit card) and the billing address associated with your card. Then enter your email address twice.

Account Information:
Select “pay online with a credit card”, then enter your card details.

Process Payment:
Then click the “Verify Information” button at the bottom to submit your payment to the state.

Congratulations, your Nebraska LLC Biennial Report has been filed for processing!

Verification/Approval of Filed LLC Biennial Report:
When filing online, your Biennial Report gets processed immediately. You’ll receive an email within a few minutes as proof your Biennial Report was successfully filed.

If you’d like to download a copy of your filed Biennial Report, search your LLC name here, click on your LLC name, scroll down to the “Filed Documents” section and look for “Biennial Report”. Check the small box to the left of “Biennial Report” and click the “Add Items to Cart” button at the bottom. You’ll need to pay $0.45 to download a copy. We know, it’s kind of ridiculous.

If you’re changing your LLC Name, Designated Office Address, and/or Registered Agent

Note: this section will only apply to you if you checked off the “if this information has changed…” checkbox at the top of the Biennial Report and you are changing one (or all) of the following:
– LLC Name
– Designated Office Address
– Registered Agent and Office Address

After you submit your payment for the Biennial Report, you’ll see a notice/message about the need to file a Statement of Change.

A Statement of Change can be filed by mail ($15) or online ($17). If you need to submit a Statement of Change, please follow this lesson:
https://www.llcuniversity.com/nebraska-llc/statement-of-change/

Next Step

Once you have reviewed this information (and set a calendar reminder), or filed your Nebraska LLC’s Biennial Report, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Nebraska Business Licenses & Permits.

Nebraska Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Nebraska Secretary of State at 402-471-4079.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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