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Business Licenses, Fees and Filing Requirements for Your Indiana LLC

Depending on the specifics of your Indiana business, you’ll be required to pay certain fees and fulfill different filing requirements. Some of these costs are payable to the Indiana Secretary of State, while others are due to the federal or Indiana government. We’ve summarized the most common requirements and fees here.

Note that Indiana 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.

Indiana LLC Incorporation Filing and Fees

To create your business in Indiana, you’ll file an LLC with the IN 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 Indiana:

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$98 7 Business Days 1 Business Day

When you form your IN LLC through Incfile, we automatically forward this fee to the Indiana 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 Indiana.

Incorporate your Indiana LLC through Incfile today

Getting an Employer Identification Number for Your IN LLC

Every Indiana 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 Indiana LLC through Incfile

Certificate of Authority to Operate Outside Indiana

If you’re expanding your Indiana 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 Indiana. 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

Indiana LLC Annual Reporting and Fees

Most states need you to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their secretary of state. When you file your IN LLC annual report, you may need to pay a fee. Here are the filing requirements for Indiana:

Annual Report

Frequency: Biennially

Due Date: Last day of anniversary month of formation or qualification.

Filing Fee: $30

Learn about your ongoing Indiana LLC filing requirements and business filing deadlines with our helpful Indiana ongoing filing lookup tool.

Incfile can also complete and file your Indiana Annual Report on your behalf.

Incfile’s Indiana Annual Report filing service

Indiana Business Licenses and Permits

Your Indiana LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Indiana, 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 Indiana LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
  • The location of your Indiana LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Indianapolis)
  • 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 Indiana LLC will need

The application forms you will need to file with the Indiana, regional and federal licensing authorities

Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Indiana and local governments.

Incfile’s Indiana Business License Research Package

An Operating Agreement for Your Indiana 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 (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 Indiana business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.

Ad Hoc Indiana Fees or Requirements for Your IN LLC

There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Indiana 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 Indiana LLC

If you want your IN business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Indiana Secretary of State. You will need to pay an Indiana filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.

Incfile’s Indiana Fictitious Name service

To Change the Indiana Registered Agent for Your IN LLC

Your Indiana LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new IN Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Indiana Registered Agent service.

Incfile’s Indiana Registered Agent service

To Reserve a Name for Your Indiana LLC

If you don’t want to form your IN business right away, you can reserve a name with the Indiana Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.

To Amend Certain Facts About Your Indiana LLC

Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Indiana business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file “Articles of Amendment” with the Indiana Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.

Areas you might want to file Indiana Articles of Amendment for include:

  • Adding, removing or changing an Indiana LLC member or manager
  • Changing the business address of your LLC
  • Altering the stated business activities of your Indiana LLC

Incfile’s Indiana Articles of Amendment service

To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Indiana LLC

Some organizations will request that you prove your Indiana 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 Indiana Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.

Incfile’s Indiana Certificate of Good Standing service

The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard IN 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 Indiana 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 IN LLCs.

FAQs About Indiana LLC Fees

What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Indiana 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 Indiana business.

Do I Need to Pay an Annual Report Fee Every Year?

No, reports in Indiana are due every other year. You can find out more on the compliance page for your state.

Who Will I Get Business Licenses and Permits from for My Indiana 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 Indiana LLC needs to be compliant.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Indiana?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$98 7 Business Days 1 Business Day

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Biennially

Due Date: Last day of anniversary month of formation or qualification.

Filing Fee: $30

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