Louisiana Business Licenses, Fees and Filing Requirements
Depending on the specifics of your Louisiana business, you’ll be required to obtain business licenses, pay certain fees and fulfill different filing requirements. Some of these costs are payable to the Louisiana Secretary of State, while others are due to the federal or Louisiana government. We’ve summarized the most common requirements and fees here.
Note that Louisiana 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.
Louisiana LLC Formation Filing and Fees
To create your business in Louisiana, you’ll file an LLC with the LA Secretary of State and pay an associated LLC formation fee. Every state has different LLC filing costs and filing times. Here is the current information for Louisiana:
When you incorporate through Incfile, we forward this fee to the Louisiana 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 Louisiana.Incorporate Your Louisiana LLC Through Incfile Today
Getting an Employer Identification Number for Your LA LLC
Every Louisiana 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 Louisiana LLC Through Incfile
Certificate of Authority to Operate Outside Louisiana
If you’re expanding your Louisiana 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 Louisiana. 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
Louisiana LLC Annual Report and Fees
You will need to file an annual report. When you file your LA LLC annual report, you will need to pay a fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Louisiana:
Learn about your ongoing Louisiana LLC filing requirements and business filing deadlines with our helpful Louisiana filing lookup tool.
Incfile can also complete and file your Louisiana Annual Report on your behalf.Incfile's Louisiana Annual Report Filing Service
Louisiana Business Licenses and Permits
Your Louisiana LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Louisiana, 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 Louisiana LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
- The location of your Louisiana LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of New Orleans)
- 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 Louisiana LLC will need
- The application forms you will need to file with the Louisiana, regional and federal licensing authorities
Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Louisiana and local governments.Incfile's Louisiana Business License Research Package
An Operating Agreement for Your Louisiana 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 Louisiana business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.
Ad Hoc Louisiana Fees or Requirements for Your LA LLC
There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Louisiana LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.
To Obtain a Fictitious/DBA Name
If you want your LA business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Louisiana Secretary of State. You will need to pay a Louisiana filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.Incfile's Louisiana Fictitious Name Service
To Change the Louisiana Registered Agent
Your Louisiana LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new LA Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Louisiana Registered Agent service.Incfile's Louisiana Registered Agent Service
To Reserve a Name for Your Louisiana LLC
If you don’t want to form your LA business right away, you can reserve a name with the Louisiana Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.
To Amend Certain Facts About Your Louisiana LLC
Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Louisiana business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file “Articles of Amendment” with the Louisiana Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf. Areas you might want to file Louisiana Articles of Amendment for include:
- Adding, removing or changing a Louisiana LLC member or manager
- Changing the business address of your LLC
- Altering the stated business activities of your Louisiana LLC
To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Louisiana LLC
Some organizations will request that you prove your Louisiana 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 Louisiana Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.Incfile's Louisiana Certificate of Good Standing Service
The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard LA 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 Louisiana 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 LA LLCs.
FAQs About Louisiana LLC Fees
We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the Secretary of State on your behalf when forming your Louisiana business.
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 Louisiana LLC needs to be compliant.