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LLC costs by state: How much does an LLC cost?

Filing an LLC includes both a one-time startup fee and an annual or biannual fee, depending on your state. Review the chart below to compare state fees before incorporating your business.

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Learn how much it costs to form an LLC in every state with this chart. The table below includes all LLC fees for each state including the filing fee, annual/biannual report fee and publication fee.

Definition
LLC filing fee:
The one-time fee paid to the state to incorporate your business. Fees vary state-to-state, ranging from $40 to $500.
Definition
LLC annual/biannual fee:
The mandatory fee paid to the state every 1 or 2 years which keeps your LLC in compliance. Late fees apply if filed after the deadline, and most states will shut down your LLC if you ignore this requirement.
Nearside Tip
Can I open an LLC in another state?
You can, but you probably shouldn’t. While some states offer much lower fees, filing there could end up costing you more in the long run. If you plan on doing business in your home state then you would likely need to file two more LLCs (a domestic LLC and a Foreign LLC).

LLC state filing fees chart

State LLC
Filing Fee
Annual / Biennial Report
Publication Fee
Alabama
$236
$100 minimum (every year)
$0
Alaska
$250
$100 (every 2 years)
$0
Arizona
$85
$0 (no fee and no information report)
$299 (required)
Arkansas
$45
$150 (every year)
$0
California
$75 (plus $20 initial report)
$800 (every year) + $20 (every 2 years)
$0
Colorado
$50
$10 (every year)
$0
Conneticut
$120
$80 (every year)
$0
Delaware
$195
$300 (every year)
$0
Florida
$155
$138.75 (every year)
$0
Georgia
$100
$50 (every year)
$0
Hawaii
$50
$15 (every year)
$0
Idaho
$101
$0 (However, an information must be filed very year)
$0
Illinois
$156
$75 (every year)
$0
Indiana
$100
$30 (every 2 years)
$0
Iowa
$50
$45 (every 2 years)
$0
Kansas
$166
$50 (every  year)
$0
Kentucky
$55
$15 (every year)
$0
Louisiana
$124
$35 (every year)
$0
Maine
$175
$85 (every year)
$0
Maryland
$197
$300 (every year)
$0
Massach­usetts
$520
$500 (every year)
$0
Michigan
$50
$35 (every year)
$0
Minnesota
$160
$0 (However, an information must be filed very year)
$0
Mississippi
$55
$0 (However, an information must be filed very year)
$0
Missouri
$52
$0 (no fee no information report)
$0
Montana
$70
$20 (every year)
$0
Nebraska
$105
$10 (every 2 years)
$0
Nevada
$425
$350 (every year)
$150
New Hampshire
$100 (plus $325 initial report)
$100 (every year)
$0
New Jersey
$128.50
$75 (every year)
$0
New Mexico
$52
$0 (no fee no information report)
$0
New York
$210
$9 (every 2years)
$0
North Carolina
$128
$200 (every year)
$425-$1,200
North Dakota
$135
$50 (every year)
$0
Ohio
$99
$0 (no fee no information report)
$0
Oklahoma
$104
$25 (every year)
$0
Oregon
$100
$100 (every year)
$0
Pennsy­lvania
$125
$70 (every 10 years)
$0
Rhode Island
$156
$50 (every year)
$0
South Carolina
$146
$0 (no fee, no information report, unless LLC is taxed as S-corp)
$0
South Dakota
$150
$50 (every year)
$0
Tennessee
$325
$300 (every year)
$0
Texas
$310
$0 for most LLCs (however, a No Tax Due Report and Public Information Report filed annually)
$0
Utah
$72
$20 (every year)
$0
Vermont
$125
$35 (every year)
$0
Virginia
$104
$50 (every year)
$0
Washington
$200
$60 (every year)
$0
Washington DC
$99 (plus $10 initial report)
$300 (every 2 years)
$0
West Virginia
$100
$25 (every year)
$0
Wisconsin
$130
$25 (every year)
$0
Wyoming
$100
$60 minimum (every year)
$0

Frequently asked questions:

What is the cheapest state to form an LLC in?

Kentucky offers the lowest LLC filing fee at $40. Arkansas is a close second at $45, and the following states charge a fee of $50: Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico.

What are the costs of operating an LLC?

The primary cost of forming an LLC is the state filing fee which ranges from $40 to $500. Other costs include:

  • Business licenses and permits
  • Publication fees in Arizona, Nebraska and New York
  • Annual/biannual state fees to keep your LLC in compliance
  • Optional name reservation fees (mandatory in Alabama)
  • Optional fictitious business name (also known as a DBA)

What is the best state to form an LLC in?

For most small businesses, filing and operating in your home state makes the most sense. However, some states are better for business than others. Delaware is the most popular state to form an LLC in thanks to its corporate-friendly business laws and court system. Nevada is another great choice since it has no taxes on franchises, corporate income, corporate shares, or personal income.

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