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The cost of an LLC setup depends upon your state’s guidelines, so you normally settle an enrollment fee of approximately $100 to register your enterprise.

What Is an LLC?

A limited liability company, popularly known as LLC, is a business arrangement for small companies, given its tax advantages, ease of operations, and liability security for its owners. Nevertheless, creating and maintaining an LLC (Limited Liability Company) comes with costs. While primary registration fees may be reasonable, there are extra expenses and recurring costs, like taxes, that you might want to consider. Moreover, as with a company, limited liability company owners are not accountable for any responsibilities and debts the company incurs.

LLC Naming Restrictions

Similar to a sole proprietorship or partnership, LLCs work under different flexibilities. Furthermore, before registering your limited liability company, you must select a company name if you haven't already. Moreover, ensure that you follow the below naming restrictions your state requires.

  • Company names can't be mistaken with governmental bodies (Secret Service, IRS, etc.)
  • Foreign terms can't be translated into English (For instance, you cannot translate Agua Blanco Farms to White Water Farms)
  • Specific terms are limited (using university or college demands permission from the Texas Higher Education Board)

Ultimately, review that the name is available by conducting a name pursuit with your Secretary of State, as two companies in the same state can't keep the same business name.

LLC Formation and Maintenance Costs

Various costs are associated with making and registering legal records to form and maintain your LLC. In addition, some tangential fees are associated with enrolling your LLC with state and regional authorities. For instance, you would want to guarantee you maintain all the appropriate licenses, permits, and certifications required by regional, state, and national governments. Below are some prominent registration and maintenance costs of an LLC.

  • LLC Filing Fees: Once you've verified your limited liability company name, you can begin the paperwork to register your business; it typically concerns filling out a proper application, designating a registered representative, and settling a filing fee. In addition, the principal cost of creating an LLC is the state registration fee for your articles of organization. In some states in the USA, this form is known as the Certificate of Formation or Certificate of Organization. However, whatever the name, the document is the authorized application to enlist your company with your state and provide you with the privilege to conduct business there. The LLC filing fees vary between $40 and $500, depending on different states.
  • Business Name Reservation Cost: Most US states allow you to reserve a business name if you're not quite willing to register your LLC filing documents. Also, business name reservations are valid for 60 to 180 days, depending on the state, and you must settle a small charge of $20 to $150. However, this will guarantee that your name isn't documented by someone else before you file.
  • DBA, Trade Name, or Fictitious Name: If you wish to file a trading name or a DBA "doing business as" for your business, you must register a form and settle a small fee between $25 and $100, depending on the state you reside. These names are also termed fictitious names in some states in the USA. Moreover, DBAs or trade names make sense if your limited liability company's legal name is too conventional or vague to help clients find you.
  • Publication Fees: Nebraska, Arizona, and New York need new LLCs to issue a Statement of Company Formation in a regional newspaper, and these publication requirements differ from state to state. For instance, in New York, the data must be retained for six consecutive weeks in a weekly and daily newspaper in the same county as your limited liability company's principal place of running a business. Besides, the fees levied by the publications differ and could be as low as hundred dollars to as much as hundreds and thousands of dollars.
  • Registered LLC Agent: A registered LLC agent is an individual or professional service designated to accept service of operation and other essential legal and tax records on your business's behalf. Moreover, all limited liability companies must have a registered agent who must observe the following prerequisites: (a) the agent must be above 18 years of age; as a citizen of the state, you're registering your limited liability company; and available during normal working hours at a physical location in your state. In addition, a registered agent can be a trusted employee, a corporate attorney, or an accountant, and these agents charge annual fees varying from $50 to $200, depending on their assistance level.
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Taxes to Settle Upon LLC Registration

Upon registration, your LLC (Limited Liability Company) must settle the following taxes:

  • National Taxes: One of the advantages of holding an LLC is its national pass-through tax, and the limited liability company won't settle tax on its earnings. Rather, the owners, known as members, will settle taxes on their profits. Nevertheless, your business must pay national payroll taxes, including federal unemployment tax and FICA, if you have employees.
  • State Sales Tax: While your company will collect sales tax from clients, you will need to transfer it to the state at a specific interval, depending on how much you gather. Disbursing late can cost you significant penalties.
  • State Income Tax: State income tax is termed differently in different states in the USA. In Oregon, it is known as corporate activity tax. On the other hand, it is known as the franchise tax in Texas. This tax is usually levied on the total earnings of the LLC. Tax rates differ from state to state varying from 11.5 percent in New Jersey to 2.5 percent in North Carolina.
  • Regional Taxes: Some local municipalities and cities assess tax too. There may be income taxes, and if you have workers, you may settle headcount or occupational license tax depending on the number of workers you have.

Key Terms

  • Administrative Dissolution: Nullifying a limited liability company by an act of the state division in charge of business entities induced by the LLC's negligence to comply with specific statutory prerequisites.
  • Articles of Organization: The document's headline filed in numerous states to make a limited liability company.
  • Conversion: A deal in which one business entity becomes a distinct entity.


When creating an LLC, you want to evaluate all the costs associated with forming and maintaining it. If you seek legal assistance to create your limited liability company, our experts at ContractsCounsel can help you. Moreover, they can also assist you regarding any maintenance measures you need to be acquainted with to keep your company in a good state with state administrators.

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