How much does it cost to form an LLC in New Jersey?

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How much does it cost to
form an LLC in New Jersey?

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

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New Jersey LLC Costs:
New Jersey LLC formation: $125
New Jersey LLC annual report: $75 per year

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Forming an LLC in New Jersey costs $125, but that’s just the filing fee for the Public Records Filings/Certificate of Formation. What about the other costs to form a New Jersey LLC?

Besides the $125 filing fee, there are a few other costs to consider before forming an LLC in New Jersey. Things like whether or not you want to hire a Registered Agent and the LLC’s Annual Report.

First, we’ll include an overview of the LLC fees in New Jersey. Then below you can find an explanation on each section.

For New Jersey LLC formation instructions, please use the links above in the menu.

New Jersey LLC Costs:

RequirementsCost
LLC Name$0
Registered Agent$0 or $125 (per year)
Public Records Filing$125 (one-time)
Registration$0
EIN Number$0
Operating Agreement$0
Annual Report$75 (per year)
Minimum Partner Tax$150 per member (if 2 or more members)
TaxesVaries (paid each year)

New Jersey LLC Name ($0)

There is no cost associated with naming your New Jersey LLC. You are not required to file a Name Reservation or anything like that.

You’ll simply just enter your desired LLC name on the Public Records Filings/Certificate of Formation. Once the state approves your filing, your LLC name goes into existence.

New Jersey Registered Agent ($0 or $125/year)

Although some filers choose to hire a Registered Agent, you are not required to hire one when forming an LLC in New Jersey.

So there are no costs associated if you (or someone you know) will be your LLC’s Registered Agent.

On the other hand, if you need to hire a Commercial Registered Agent, that will cost about $125 per year.

Hiring a Commercial Registered Agent is beneficial if you want to keep your address off of public records.

New Jersey LLC Public Records Filing/Certificate of Formation ($125)

Forming an LLC in New Jersey requires filing a Public Records Filing for New Business Entity.

This can be filed online and the cost is $125 (one-time fee).

We recommend filing this online since it’s much easier (and has a faster approval time) than filing by mail.

Note: The cost for forming a New Jersey LLC online and by mail are the same; they are both $125.

Once the state approves your Public Records Filing, the document becomes known as your Certificate of Formation.

The terms “Public Records Filing” and “Certificate of Formation” are often used interchangeably.

New Jersey LLC Registration ($0)

Every LLC in New Jersey is required to register with the Division of Taxation within 60 days of being formed (or within 15 days of beginning business).

This doesn’t cost anything and it can be done online. It will probably take you about 15 minutes to complete this step.

The mail registration form is called the NG-REG, but when you register your LLC online, it’s called the Business Registration Application.

New Jersey LLC EIN Number ($0)

Note: An EIN Number is also known as an Employer Identification Number or a Federal Tax ID Number.

Other websites sell this as a service, however, there is no actual costs associated with getting an EIN for your LLC.

This is provided free from the IRS.

New Jersey LLC Operating Agreement ($0)

Most other websites sell Operating Agreements for $50 to $200. However, we offer Operating Agreement templates for your New Jersey LLC that you can download for free.

New Jersey LLC Annual Report ($75/year)

All New Jersey LLCs must file an Annual Report each year. The cost is $75 per year.

(The Annual Report fee used to be $50 per year, but due to Assembly Bill 5607, in July 2019 the state increased it to $75 per year.)

It is due each year on the last day of your LLC’s anniversary month (the month your LLC was approved).

New Jersey LLC Taxes (varies)

There are many different types of taxes that we as business owners must pay. Federal income tax, payroll tax (if we have employees), sales and use tax, and more.

How much you’ll pay in taxes can be determined by working with a qualified accountant in your area.

The amount you’ll pay your accountant will also vary, but most accountants for a new business starting out will cost between a few hundred dollars per year to about $1,000 or $1,200 on the more expensive end.

Note: If your New Jersey LLC elects S-Corporation taxation, there is a minimum tax due each year of $375. That minimum tax goes up depending on the LLC’s gross receipts (total revenue).

Do I need to hire an attorney?

While you certainly can hire an attorney to form an LLC, this is not a requirement.

Hiring an attorney to form an LLC could cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500, depending on who you hire.

On the other hand, if you’d like to follow our free LLC lessons, you can form an LLC in New Jersey yourself. There is no cost associated with following our course (links are at the top of this page).

Should I hire an LLC filing service?

While you can also hire an LLC filing service to form an LLC in New Jersey, this is not a requirement either.

Hiring an LLC filing service can cost anywhere from $50 to a few hundred dollars.

If you need to save time and want a professional to form your LLC in New Jersey, we recommend using Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee).

New Jersey LLC Filing Cost

Again, to form an LLC in New Jersey requires a one-time payment of $125.

New Jersey LLC Annual Cost

New Jersey LLC Annual Report:
The required ongoing costs for a New Jersey LLC will be $75 per year for your Annual Report.

New Jersey Minimum Partner Tax (2 or more Members):
If you have a Multi-Member LLC (2 or more Members) you must also pay a minimum partner tax of $150 per Member (per year).

Additional Costs

If you hire a Registered Agent, that’ll cost about $125 per year.

And of course there’s taxes, which include the amount you pay in taxes and how much you pay your accountant for their services. This will vary widely and we’re not able to provide an estimate. You’ll need to speak to a few accountants regarding your business.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

2 Comments

  1. Salvatore Louis Mauro January 31, 2019

    If I register a foreign LLC in NJ does the $125 per partner minimum tax per apply to the foreign LLC or does this minimum tax only apply to a NJ LLC

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    • Matt Horwitz February 8, 2019

      Hi Salvatore, great question. We believe it’s required for both domestic LLCs and foreign LLCs (federally taxed as Partnerships) that have income from sources in New Jersey or have a New Jersey resident partner. It’s best practice to confirm with an accountant though. Feel free to share any of your findings if you’d like :) You can find more information here: New Jersey LLC taxes. Hope that helps.

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