Connecticut Business Licenses, Fees & Other Requirements for Your LLC
Some types of businesses have different requirements in Connecticut, including related fees and costs. Your CT LLC needs to pay various fees to the federal government, Connecticut government and other agencies. Some of these fees are levied by the Connecticut Secretary of State or statewide organizations, while others come from the federal government. On this page, we’ve summarized the most common fees and requirements.
Note that Connecticut business licenses and permits might need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.
Connecticut LLC Incorporation Costs & Filing
To create your business in Connecticut, you’ll file an LLC with the CT Secretary of State and pay an associated LLC formation fee. Every state has different LLC filing fees and filing times. Here is the current information for Connecticut:
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When you incorporate through Incfile, we forward this fee to the Connecticut Secretary of State on your behalf when we file your paperwork.
Some states allow you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee. You can compare state filing times and fees here, including expedited fees for Connecticut.
Incorporate your Connecticut LLC through Incfile today
Getting an Employer Identification Number for Your CT LLC
Every Connecticut LLC should have a unique employer identification number (EIN). These are provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use them when filing taxes, opening a business bank account and paying employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS or have Incfile obtain one on your behalf.
Get an EIN for your Connecticut LLC through Incfile
Getting a State Tax ID for Connecticut
You will need a tax registration number to pay CT taxes. You can get this by registering your business online.
Certificate of Authority to Operate Outside Connecticut
If you’re expanding your Connecticut LLC beyond the borders of the state, you will need a Foreign Qualification or Certificate of Authority to operate in another state. These are typically necessary if you have a physical presence, employees or banking in a different state than Connecticut. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.
Get a Foreign Qualification/Certificate of Authority through Incfile
Connecticut Annual Report Filing and Fees for LLCs
Most states, including Connecticut, need you to file an Annual Report with the secretary of state. When you file your CT LLC Annual Report, you will need to pay a fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Connecticut:
Due Date:April 1st
Learn about your ongoing Connecticut LLC filing requirements and business filing deadlines with our helpful Connecticut ongoing filing lookup tool.
Incfile can also complete and file your Connecticut Annual Report on your behalf.
Incfile’s Connecticut Annual Report filing service
Connecticut Business Licenses and Permits
Your Connecticut LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Connecticut, regional or federal organizations. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others have ongoing charges.
Permits and licenses vary based on:
The industry your Connecticut LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
The location of your Connecticut LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Bridgeport)
The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)
You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research Package, which includes:
A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your Connecticut LLC will need
The application forms you will need to file with the Connecticut, regional and federal licensing authorities
Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Connecticut and local governments.
Incfile’s Connecticut Business License Research Package
Connecticut LLC Operating Agreements
An Operating Agreement is a business document that covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.
An Operating Agreement is extremely useful for several reasons (learn about them here). If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you choose to form your Connecticut business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.
Ad Hoc Connecticut Fees or Requirements for Your CT LLC
There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Connecticut LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.
To Obtain a Fictitious/DBA Name for Your Connecticut LLC
If you want your CT business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Connecticut Secretary of State. You will need to pay a Connecticut filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.
Incfile’s Connecticut Fictitious Name service
To Change the Connecticut Registered Agent for Your CT LLC
Your Connecticut LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new CT Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Connecticut Registered Agent service.
Incfile’s Connecticut Registered Agent service
To Reserve a Name for Your Connecticut LLC
If you don’t want to form your CT business right away, you can reserve a name with the Connecticut Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.
To Amend Certain Facts About Your Connecticut LLC
Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Connecticut business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file “Articles of Amendment” with the Connecticut Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.
Areas you might want to file Connecticut Articles of Amendment for include:
Adding, removing or changing a Connecticut LLC member or manager
Changing the business address of your LLC
Altering the stated business activities of your Connecticut LLC
Incfile’s Connecticut Articles of Amendment service
To Get a CT Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
Some organizations will request that you prove your Connecticut LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you will need a “Certificate of Good Standing” from the Connecticut Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.
Incfile’s Connecticut Certificate of Good Standing service
The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard CT LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.
Of course, your Connecticut LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes, but we will cover that when we talk about taxes for CT LLCs.
FAQs About Connecticut LLC Fees
What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Connecticut LLC?
We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the secretary of state on your behalf when forming your Connecticut business.
Do I Need to Pay an Annual Report Fee Every Year?
Yes. Most states, including Connecticut, require you to file a report for your LLC every year.
Who Will I Need to Get Business Licenses and Permits From for My Connecticut LLC?
It depends on various factors including:
The type of business you run
Where you are located
Governing organizations in your industry
Federal, state and local regulations
That’s why our Business License Research Package is so useful. It explores all of these areas for you and provides a comprehensive overview of exactly what your Connecticut LLC needs to be compliant.