How Much Does Starting an LLC in Nebraska Cost?
Legal business registration — and keeping your business in good standing — involves necessary expenses and investment. Some of these costs are payable to the NE Secretary of State, while others are due to additional state entities or the federal government. Here are some common requirements and fees.
Please note that Nebraska business license and permit fees may be due when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.
Initial Nebraska LLC Filing Fee
When you register a business in Nebraska, you’ll need to file as an LLC with the NE Secretary of State and pay a filing fee. Here are the current Nebraska LLC fees and filing times:
When you use Incfile to create an LLC in Nebraska, we charge you the state filing fee and forward it to the NE Secretary of State when we file your formation paperwork.
Just pay the Nebraska LLC filing fee.
Employer Identification Number
Every LLC in the U.S. should have a unique EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the Internal Revenue Service. You'll use it when you open a business bank account, file taxes and pay employees. You can get one directly from the IRS, or Incfile can get one for you.
If you want to do business in a state other than the one where your business is based, you must create a Foreign LLC.
Nebraska Foreign LLC Registration
Before you can bring an arm of your business from another state into Nebraska, you must request Nebraska Foreign Qualification. The state will then give you permission to conduct business there by issuing a Certificate of Authority in Nebraska.
To request registration of a Foreign LLC in Nebraska, you must complete an Application for Certificate of Authorityform and pay a $100 filing fee, plus $10 for the certificate, plus a $5 per page filing fee.
The state may have additional registration requirements, so contact the NE Secretary of State directly for more information and to ensure you're in compliance with state law.
Foreign Qualification to Operate in Another State
If you plan to expand your Nebraska LLC into another state, you’ll first need Foreign Qualification or a Certificate of Authority from that state. This is necessary before you can create a physical presence, hire employees, or bank in that state.
You'll likely have to complete at least one application and pay a filing fee, but each state has its own requirements. Before you start the process, compare state filing times and state filing fees so you can plan accordingly.
Above all, contact the state government entity that administers business (usually the Secretary of State) to confirm their requirements and for specific instructions.
If you need assistance, Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for all states.
Nebraska Annual Report Requirements
Most states — including Nebraska — require businesses to file an annual (or other periodic) report. In Nebraska, you’re required to file this form biennially — every other year. Here are the filing requirements for Nebraska:
April 1st of each odd-numbered year.
Domestic Nebraska limited liability companies must publish a notice of organization, amendment, merger or conversion for three successive weeks in some legal newspaper of general circulation, near the designated office of the limited liability company. The notice of organization shall show the name of the limited liability company, the street address of the designated office and the general nature of the business to be transacted.
(We do not assist in the filing of the Publication Requirement)
Nebraska Business License and Permit Requirements
Before you start doing business, you must secure the necessary state, federal or local business licenses and permits to operate your LLC. Some of the fees will only need to be paid once, while others may be ongoing charges.
Permits and licenses vary based on:
You're not legally required to have an LLC Operating Agreement in Nebraska.
This document covers how your business will be run, how managers and members will be chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.
Creating a Nebraska LLC Operating Agreement can be extremely helpful in making sure you’re organized and prepared for any future events that may affect your business.
You can make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.
Other Nebraska LLC Fees and Requirements
You may need to pay and meet several other fees and requirements during the life of your LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, as listed below.
Obtaining a Trade Name or DBA
If you want to establish a Nebraska DBA (trade name), you must file a form with the Secretary of State and pay a filing fee of $100.
Changing the Registered Agent
Your LLC must have a Nebraska Registered Agent, which you need to appoint when you file your Certificate of Organization. You can also switch to a new Registered Agent later by filing a form and paying a $10 fee, plus a $5 per page filing fee
It’s free for the first year if you work with us to start an LLC in Nebraska and $119 a year after.
Reserving a Name for Your LLC
If you're not quite ready to start your business, you can reserve a name for 120 days with the NE Secretary of State by filing a form and paying a fee of $10 + $5 per page filing fee. First, perform a Nebraska business search and learn the state's business naming rules to ensure you choose a name that meets legal requirements.
Amending Facts About Your LLC
Your business formation documents state certain facts about your business at the time it's formed. Over time, some or all of this information may change. If it does, you'll need to file an Amended Certificate of Organization with the NE Secretary of State along with a $10 filing fee, plus $5 per page fee. You can do this yourself or Incfile can do it for you.
You may want to file an Amended Certificate of Organization when you:
- Add, remove or change an LLC member or manager
- Change your LLC's name
- Alter the stated purpose and activities of your LLC
- Change your LLC's business address
Getting a Certificate of Good Standing in Nebraska
Some organizations may request that you prove your LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you’ll need to request a Certificate of Good Standing from the NE Secretary of State.
The information listed above details many of the fees a standard LLC will be required to pay in Nebraska. In some circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.
Of course, your LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and other taxes. More information about taxes can be found on the Nebraska Business Taxes page.
We charge you this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the Secretary of State on your behalf when forming your Nebraska business.
It depends on various factors including:
- Governing organizations in your industry
- Federal, state and local regulations
- Where you're located
- The type of business you run
Many new businesses need a business license, and you may be required to obtain additional licenses and permits. OurBusiness License Research package can take the guesswork out of it for you and help you learn what your LLC needs to be compliant.