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Just the state fee for forming an LLC in Florida costs $155, payable to the Florida Division of Corporations. If you want to add a DBA (“doing business as”) it will cost an additional $50.
Business filings in Florida typically take 7-21 business days if they are completed online. If you complete the filing in person and need documents mailed to you, the process can take up to four weeks.
LLC filing requires several important steps, including picking a name for your business, selecting a registered agent, properly filing articles of organization with your state, and creating an LLC operating agreement, all while staying on top of local, state, and federal business requirements to remain in good standing.
You can conduct a name search on the Florida Division of Corporations website to check if your business name is available.
Limited liability companies in Florida are taxed at the federal and state level.
At the federal level, you can choose to be taxed as a sole proprietorship, a partnership, or an S-corporation. You and any co-owners will pay self-employment tax, state income tax, and federal income tax on your business profits.
At the state level, Florida is an excellent state for business taxes. If you choose to be taxed as a sole proprietorship or an S-corporation, your LLC will be exempt from state income tax. Corporations, in contrast to LLCs, are subject to a 5.5% income tax.
As a business structure, LLCs offer a number of advantages over a sole proprietorship. Namely, they provide:
Only LLCs and corporations. You don't get personal liability protection with sole proprietorships, DBA’s, or non-registered businesses.