WHAT IS AN ANNUAL REPORT?
In Illinois, an annual report is a regular filing that your LLC must complete every year. The report is essentially updating your registered agent address and paying a $250 fee for filing online or a $300 fee for filing in paper. All LLCs are required to file their annual report with the Illinois Secretary of State.
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with the state of Illinois. This allows creditors and other interested parties to look up your business address in case they need to contact you. The government uses this information to track the payment of your LLC's state taxes.
HOW DO I FILE?
You can file your LLC’s annual report through the Illinois Secretary of State website.
File your Illinois LLC Annual ReportFile Online
Fee: $250 for reports filed on paper and $300 for reports filed online.
Instructions: You will need your LLC State ID number. If you do not know your i.d. number, you can use the business entity search to find it.
Filing deadlines: Illinois's Annual Report is due each year by the first day of the month in which the LLC was formed.
Penalties for late filings: Illinois charges a $300 fee for late filing. In addition, LLCs will be dissolved after 180 days for failure to file an annual report.
SHOULD I USE A REGISTERED AGENT SERVICE?
A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf. By using a registered agent service, you can ensure that your LLC's reports are always filed on time to the appropriate government agency. Here are the three main advantages to using a registered agent service for your LLC:
1. Avoid penalties of late filing: In Illinois, an LLC may be dissolved for failure to file an annual report. A registered agent service will notify you when reports are due, and they can also submit the filing for you for an additional fee.
- 2. You will have flexibility: A registered agent can receive and send documents for your LLC during regular business hours, so that you have to be on the job from 9-5 every week. You can also use a registered agent service to form an LLC in other states where you don't already have an established business presence.
- 3. You will have privacy: Using a registered agent allows you to keep your personal address off of public records, ensuring your personal privacy. Additionally, in the unfortunate event that your LLC is sued, the lawsuit will be served to the registered agent address, rather than at your place of business in front of your employees.
Learn more about a registered agent by reading our article, What is a Registered Agent?
Recommended: Northwest Registered Agent provides free registered agent service for the first year as part of their LLC Packages.