Ratings Highlights


Along with ranking higher across our comparison criteria, Incfile provides a great value in its basic features. For only $49, they'll process your order next business day and serve as your registered agent free for a year.

Incfile also offers great features in its middle and top tier packages. Many competitors have frustrating hidden fees and lack transparency in the checkout process. Incfile is not one of these companies. You're only offered additional services relevant to the tier you picked.

LegalZoom also recently reduced the pricing at all levels, starting with $79 for their most basic LLC formation tier. With this pricing change, other features such as operating agreement creation, EIN registration, and licensing searches have been taken out of the packages, and added as a la carte options from $99 to $199 on top of the initial cost.

Read on for a more in-depth, side-by-side breakdown of each company's basic, middle, and top tier service packages to see how these companies differ and which might be a good choice for your company.

Our Recommendation: Incfile

Form an LLC with Incfile

($49 + State Fees)

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Side-By-Side Comparison


Incfile and LegalZoom offer additional services beyond forming your LLC. Some features can be purchased independently, offering even more pricing flexibility. Below, you’ll find a side-by-side comparison of their basic packages and the features that are valuable for forming an LLC.

Please note that the service costs for each tier do not include the State filing fees which vary by state.

Side-by-side: Basic Tier

Order Processing Time

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incfile
Next business day
LegalZoom
30 days
Registered Agent

The company will act as your legal point of contact for the government to receive important notifications or mailings on your behalf.

Incfile
Free for one year, then $119 per year
LegalZoom
$159 extra per year
Operating Agreement

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incfile
$40 extra
LegalZoom
$99 extra
EIN Registration

Employer Identification Number (EIN) works essentially the same as an individual’s social security number, except for businesses. It’s how the government is able to keep track of your business’ tax status.

Incfile
$70 extra
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159
Annual Compliance

The company will keep you notified of upcoming legal filing requirements, such as your annual reports.

Incfile
Free lifetime company alerts
LegalZoom
$69 extra
Advisory Services

Advisory services provide additional resources or advice on matters pertaining to business, law, and/or tax.

Incfile
Tax: Free 1-hour consultation
LegalZoom
Web Domain & Hosting

The company will assist or arrange for an affiliate to help reserve a domain name for your company website.

Incfile
$199 + $20/month hosting fees via Snapweb
LegalZoom

Basic Tier Highlights

For $49, Incfile provides next-day processing and will also serve as your registered agent for one year at no extra cost. LegalZoom only includes a 30 day order processing guarantee, and requires $159 annually to be your registered agent. Incfile also gives you access to a fully-developed platform with company alerts and a 1-hour tax consultation.

Side-by-side: Middle Tier

Order Processing Time

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incfile
Next business day
LegalZoom
15 days
Registered Agent

The company will act as your legal point of contact for the government to receive important notifications or mailings on your behalf.

Incfile
Free for one year, then $119 per year
LegalZoom
$159 extra per year
Operating Agreement

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incfile
Included in package
LegalZoom
$99 extra
EIN Registration

Employer Identification Number (EIN) works essentially the same as an individual’s social security number, except for businesses. It’s how the government is able to keep track of your business’ tax status.

Incfile
Included in package
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159
Annual Compliance

The company will keep you notified of upcoming legal filing requirements, such as your annual reports.

Incfile
Free lifetime company alerts
LegalZoom
$69 extra
Advisory Services

Advisory services provide additional resources or advice on matters pertaining to business, law, and/or tax.

Incfile
Tax: Free 1-hour consultation
LegalZoom
Web Domain & Hosting

The company will assist or arrange for an affiliate to help reserve a domain name for your company website.

Incfile
$199 + $20/month hosting fees via Snapweb
LegalZoom

Middle Tier Highlights

To start, Incfile includes an operating agreement and EIN number with their Silver package. With LegalZoom those two features will cost you an extra $159 at any package level. LegalZoom’s Standard package adds a Corporate Kit, and reduces processing times to 15 days for an additional $270. Meanwhile, Incfile gives you a “Custom LLC Kit” with their middle tier offering, adding a contract template library and 20 personalized stock certificates on top of regular Corporate Kit essentials, all for almost $100 less than LegalZoom’s middle tier.

Side-by-side: Top Tier

Order Processing Time

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incfile
Next business day
LegalZoom
15 days
Registered Agent

The company will act as your legal point of contact for the government to receive important notifications or mailings on your behalf.

Incfile
Free for one year, then $119 per year
LegalZoom
$159 extra per year
Operating Agreement

A legal document that declares the name or names of an LLC’s owners, their percentage of ownership, and operating procedures for the company.

Incfile
Included in package
LegalZoom
$99 extra
EIN Registration

Employer Identification Number (EIN) works essentially the same as an individual’s social security number, except for businesses. It’s how the government is able to keep track of your business’ tax status.

Incfile
Included in package
LegalZoom
$60 extra, must be bundled with Operating Agreement for a total of $159
Annual Compliance

The company will keep you notified of upcoming legal filing requirements, such as your annual reports.

Incfile
Free lifetime company alerts
LegalZoom
$69 extra
Advisory Services

Advisory services provide additional resources or advice on matters pertaining to business, law, and/or tax.

Incfile
Tax: Free 1-hour consultation
LegalZoom
Web Domain & Hosting

The company will assist or arrange for an affiliate to help reserve a domain name for your company website.

Incfile
Free + $20/month hosting fees via Snapweb
LegalZoom

Top Tier Highlights

LegalZoom’s Express Gold essentially just adds faster shipping and processing times in addition to access to a 7 day a week customer support line. Incfile, which offers next-day processing at every level, adds expedited shipping to return your filings. Still, the main advantage of Incfile’s Platinum package is the inclusion of business contract templates and a free business website and domain name. For businesses who need website help, this can add a ton of value.

Our Recommendation: Incfile

Form an LLC with Incfile

($49 + State Fees)

Key Considerations


Incfile gives a year of registered agent service for no cost, and $119/year after this.

LegalZoom does not give this service away, and charges $159/year starting at the time you form your LLC. When combined with the initial difference in price, this means you will save up to $239 in the first year for comparable services.

Incfile's operating agreement and EIN services cost less a la carte than LegalZoom, and are included in their more premium packages.

LegalZoom no longer offers these necessary features as part of any of their packages. Instead they are offered on top of the package price. So if you were to order LegalZoom Standard with an EIN, operating agreement, and registered agent service, you would pay almost an additional $500.

Incfile will process your order the next business day as a standard package feature.

This is the sort of customer-focused approach we love to see. While no company can affect the turn-around times of state filing, being as fast as possible in processing orders can make a big difference in decreasing turnaround times.

LegalZoom’s customer service is available for more hours, and ratings are available on more platforms than Incfile.

One main area where LegalZoom appears to be the clear winner is in customer service. With more reviews available on platforms like SiteJabber (661 reviews, 3.3/5 stars) LegalZoom tends to outrank Incfile. Their phone support line is also open 34 more hours a week, with additional hours on weekdays and Saturday hours.