Ratings Highlights


NORTHWEST INCFILE
Overall Value 4.6/5 4.5/5
Cost Value 5/5 5/5
Customer Service 5/5 3/5
Ease of Use 4.5/5 5/5
Included Features 4.5/5 5/5

Northwest and Incfile come out of this comparison with very close scores, and for good reason: they are both extremely reliable and cost effective LLC formation services. A business owner’s goals going into this purchase are what will really set these two providers apart.

Northwest really stands apart for its high quality of customer service. Its service representatives are known for being highly knowledgeable about business formation and business maintenance. If you anticipate you’ll need a little extra support with your business formation, or if you have any questions about the formation process, Northwest is probably your best bet.

On the other hand, Incfile’s expanded menu of extra options may work well for some buyers who need additional features like banking offers, business contract templates, business website offers, and other physical items such as a corporate seal.

Read on for a more in-depth, side-by-side breakdown of each company's basic, middle, and top tier service packages.

Our Recommendation: Northwest Registered Agent

Form an LLC
with Northwest

($39 + State Fees)

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Side-By-Side Comparison


Both 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 actually matter.

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

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.

NorthWest
1-3 business days
Incfile
Next business day
Registered Agent

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

Northwest
Free for one year, then $125/year
Incfile
Free for one year, then $119 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.

Northwest
Not included in this package
Incfile
$40
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.

Northwest
Not included in this package
Incfile
$70 extra
Annual Compliance

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

Northwest
Included with their free registered agent
Incfile
Free lifetime company alerts
Advisory Services

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

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

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

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

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.

NorthWest
1-3 business days
Incfile
Next business day
Registered Agent

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

Northwest
Free for one year, then $125/year
Incfile
Free for one year, then $119 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.

Northwest
Included in this package
Incfile
Included in this package
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.

Northwest
Included in this package
Incfile
Included in this package
Annual Compliance

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

Northwest
Included with their free registered agent
Incfile
Free lifetime company alerts
Advisory Services

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

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

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

Northwest
Incfile
$99 + $20/month hosting fees via Snapweb

Side-by-side: Top Tier

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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.

NorthWest
Guaranteed same-day processing
Incfile
Next business day
Registered Agent

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

Northwest
Free for one year, then $125/year
Incfile
Free for one year, then $119 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.

Northwest
Included in this package
Incfile
Included in this package
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.

Northwest
Included in this package
Incfile
Included in this package
Annual Compliance

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

Northwest
Included with their free registered agent
Incfile
Free lifetime company alerts
Advisory Services

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

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

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

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

Our Recommendation: Northwest Registered Agent

Form an LLC
with Northwest

($39 + State Fees)

Key Considerations


Northwest is a bit cheaper with comparable service benefits.

At the lowest and mid tiers, Northwest beats Incfile on cost by just $10. Both services offer the same essential business formation features at these tiers: LLC formation and 1 year of registered agent service at the basic tier, and an EIN filing and an operating agreement at the middle tier. On the other hand, Incfile bundles in some extra “nice to haves” and offers a la carte service offerings, such as website creation, for an additional fee. Some buyers might find value in these extras.

Northwest’s customer service the is best among the LLC formation services we’ve reviewed.

The customer support reps we talked to from Northwest are knowledgeable, consistent, and have answered the phone every time we called. You can even choose to work with a rep you’ve worked with before if you had a good experience. This easily makes up for the just $6/year difference for their registered agent.

Both services are quick to form your business.

While you will be subject to the filing timelines of the state you’re forming an LLC with, Northwest and Incfile are similar in how quickly your order will be processed on their end. All of Incfile packages comes with a next day business processing guarantee, while Northwest has guaranteed same-day processing for the $199 Premium package.

If you’re still undecided, we recommend Northwest for the best price on essential features and unmatched customer service.

Though you’ll miss out on a few extras offered by Incfile, Northwest has you covered for the most critical parts of your business formation process: the actual formation and registered agent service. An operating agreement can be drafted and EIN can be obtained for free, though the peace of mind in having a professional service handle this can be valuable.