Georgia Business Licenses, Fees and Filing Requirements for Your LLC
Some types of businesses have different requirements in Georgia, including related fees and costs. Your GA LLC needs to pay various fees to the federal government, Georgia government and other agencies. Some of these fees are levied by the Georgia 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 Georgia 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.
Georgia LLC Incorporation Filing and Fees
When you first incorporate your business in Georgia, you’ll need to file an LLC with the GA Secretary of State and pay a Georgia filing fee. Here are the current fees and filing times for Georgia:
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When you form your GA LLC through Incfile, we automatically charge you this fee and forward it to the Georgia Secretary of State when we file your incorporation 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 Georgia.
Incorporate your Georgia LLC through Incfile today
Getting an EIN/Tax ID for Your Georgia LLC
Every Georgia 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 Georgia LLC through Incfile
Certificate of Authority to Operate Outside Georgia
If you’re expanding your Georgia 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 Georgia. 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
Ongoing Georgia Filing and Annual Fees
Most states need to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their secretary of state. When you file your GA LLC annual report, you may need to pay a fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Georgia:
Due Date: April 1st
Filing Fee: $50
Incfile can also complete and file your Georgia annual report on your behalf.
Incfile’s Georgia Annual Report Filing service
Applying for Business Licenses and Permits in Georgia
Your Georgia LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Georgia, 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 Georgia LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
The location of your Georgia LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Savannah)
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 Georgia LLC will need
The application forms you will need to file with the Georgia, regional and federal licensing authorities
Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Georgia and local governments.
Incfile’s Georgia Business License Research Package
Create an Operating Agreement for Your Georgia LLC
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. 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 Georgia business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.
Learn about Operating Agreements
Ad Hoc Georgia Fees or Requirements for Your GA LLC
There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Georgia 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 Georgia LLC
If you want your GA business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Georgia Secretary of State. You will need to pay a Georgia filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.
Incfile’s Georgia Fictitious Name service
To Change the Georgia Registered Agent for Your GA LLC
Your Georgia LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new GA Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Georgia Registered Agent service.
Incfile’s Georgia Registered Agent service
To Reserve a Name for Your Georgia LLC
If you don’t want to form your GA business right away, you can reserve a name with the Georgia Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.
To Amend Certain Facts About Your Georgia LLC
Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Georgia business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file “Articles of Amendment” with the Georgia Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.
Incfile’s Georgia Articles of Amendment service
To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Georgia LLC
Some organizations will request that you prove your Georgia 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 Georgia Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.
Incfile’s Georgia Certificate of Good Standing service
The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard GA 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 Georgia 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 GA LLCs.
FAQs About Georgia LLC Fees
What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Georgia 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 Georgia business.
Do I Need to Pay an Annual Report Fee Every Year?
Usually, yes. Most states require you file a report for your LLC every year. Some states require filing biennially (every other year), though a handful don’t require annual reports. You can find out more on the compliance page for your state.
Who Will I Need to Get Business Licenses and Permits From for My Georgia 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 Georgia LLC needs to be compliant.