How Much Does It Cost to Form an LLC

The primary cost of forming an LLC is the state filing fee, which ranges between $40 and $500, depending on your state. In addition, you will also need to pay annual fees to maintain good standing of your LLC. If you choose to use a service provider to help form your LLC, you will face additional costs on top of the State filing fee.

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State LLC Formation Cost Breakdown

When forming an LLC yourself the only cost you are responsible for is the state filing fee. However, a handful of states also require a publication fee or a name reservation fee. Here is a breakdown of all the costs you can expect to see.

State Filing Fees

The main cost when forming an LLC is typically the fee of filing your Articles of Organization with the State. This fee ranges between $40 and $500, depending on your state.

Publication Fees

Some states (ArizonaNebraska, and New York) also require your newly incorporated LLC to publish a statement of formation in a local newspaper. Publishing costs can be anywhere between $40 and $2000, depending on your state’s specific requirements.

Name Reservation Fees

If you’re forming an LLC in Alabama, you will also need to reserve your LLC’s name for a small fee of $10-$28. Reserving a name is optional for all other States.

Where Should I Form My LLC?

The rule of thumb is that you should always form your LLC in the state where you plan to conduct business. Otherwise, you may end up with additional unwanted costs and paperwork. For more information, read our article on the topic.

For a full list of costs by State view the table below.

Learn how to cost-effectively start your LLC on our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC page.

Maintenance Costs

In addition to the initial formation fees, there are regular fees that you will need to pay to keep your LLC in good standing. The maintenance costs usually only include an annual or biennial report fee. However in some states, you also need to pay certain state taxes, often known as a “franchise tax.”

Annual/Biennial Report

Most states require LLC's to submit an annual or biennial report which includes updating the name, address, and ownership of the LLC. The report fee varies state by state.

Franchise Tax

Some states levy a yearly tax on LLC's, often called a franchise tax. This is most often a flat tax, but can also vary according to your LLC's annual earnings in certain states.

Cost to Form an LLC in Every State

The table below lays out all the filing fees in each State as well as what the ongoing costs include. For a more detailed report click the State name, you will be directed to our Form an LLC page.

Cost of Forming an LLC in Every State
State Set Up Costs Ongoing Costs
Alabama $200+ Annual Privilege License
Alaska $250 $200 Biennially
Arizona $50 + Publishing Requirement No Annual Fee
Arkansas $50 $150 Annually
California $70 $20 Biennially + Annual Franchise Tax
Colorado $50 $10 Annually
Connecticut $120 $20 Annually
Delaware $90 $300 Annual Franchise Tax
District of Columbia $220 $300 Biennially + Annual Franchise Tax
Florida $125 $138.75 Annually
Georgia $100 $50 Annually
Hawaii $50 $15 Annually
Idaho $100 No Annual Fee
Illinois $150 $250 - $300 Annually
Indiana $95 $50 Biennially
Iowa $50 $30 - $45 Biennially
Kansas $160 $50 - $55 Annually
Kentucky $40 $15 - $30 Annually + Annual Entity Tax
Louisiana $100 $30 Annually
Maine $175 $85 Annually
Maryland $100 $300 Annually
Massachusetts $500 $500 Annually
Michigan $50 $25 Annually
Minnesota $155 Annual Partnership Tax
Mississippi $50 No Annual Fee
Missouri $50 No Annual Fee
Montana $70 $20 Annually
Nebraska $100 + Publishing Requirement $10 - $13 Biennially
Nevada $75 $125 Annually
New Hampshire $100 $100 Annual + Annual Enterprise Tax
New Jersey $125 $50 Annually
New Mexico $50 No Annual Fee
New York $200 + Publishing Requirement $9 Biennial + Annual Filing Fee
North Carolina $125 $200 Annually
North Dakota $135 $50 Annually
Ohio $99 Annual Commercial Activity Tax
Oklahoma $100 $25 Annually
Oregon $100 $100 Annually
Pennsylvania $125 + Publishing Requirement No Annual Fee
Rhode Island $150 $50 Annually
South Carolina $110 No Annual Fee
South Dakota $150 $50 Annually
Tennessee $300 Minimum Annual Franchise & Excise Tax
Texas $300 Annual Fee
Utah $70 $20 Annually
Vermont $125 $35 Annually
Virginia $100 $50 Annually
Washington $180 - $200 $60 Annually
West Virginia $100 $25 Annually
Wisconsin $130 - $170 $25 Annually
Wyoming $100 - $102 $50 or 0.02% value of assets Annually

Using a Service Provider

For an additional cost, you can use a professional formation service to create your LLC. This can save you both time and the hassle of filling out legal paperwork.

Various service providers have different packages, which generally charge for:

The "LLC Seal and Kit" packages are totally unnecessary and do nothing to add to your credibility.

Should I use a professional service?

Before using a paid service, we recommend checking out our free guide to understand what is involved in forming an LLC in your State. Depending on what where you want to form your LLC you may be able to do the entire formation yourself. Some States that require things like publications, or lengthy detailed forms it's probably best to use a service.

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