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Fees and Filing Requirements for Rhode Island LLCs

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

Note that Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island LLC Incorporation Filing and Fees

To create your business in Rhode Island, you’ll file an LLC with the 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 Rhode Island:

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$156 5 Business Days 1 Business Day

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

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Getting an EIN/Tax ID for Your Rhode Island LLC

Every Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island LLC through Incfile

Foreign Qualification to Operate in a State Outside Rhode Island

If you’re expanding your Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.

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Annual Reporting and Fees for Your Rhode Island LLC

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

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: September 1st

Filing Fee:$53

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

Incfile can also complete and file your Rhode Island annual report on your behalf.

Incfile’s Rhode Island Annual Report Filing service

Rhode Island Business Permits and Licenses

Some RI LLCs will need certain business licenses and permits from federal, state and regional organizations. These permits and licenses will have associated fees that you should pay on a one-off or regular basis. Permits and licenses vary based on:

  • The industry your Rhode Island LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
  • The location of your Rhode Island LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Pittsburgh)
  • The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIRIA requirements)

You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research Package, which includes:

The Incfile Business License Research Package for Your Rhode Island LLC

Our Business License Research Package tells you about all of the licenses and permits you will need for your Rhode Island LLC. It includes:

  • A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your Rhode Island LLC will need
  • The application forms you will need to file with the Rhode Island, regional and federal licensing authorities

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

Incfile’s Rhode Island Business License Research Package

Create an Operating Agreement for Your Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island LLCs aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement, but they are 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 Rhode Island business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.

Ad Hoc Rhode Island Fees or Requirements for Your RI LLC

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

If you want your RI business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Rhode Island Department of State. You will need to pay a Rhode Island filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.

Incfile’s Rhode Island Fictitious Name service

To Change the Rhode Island CROP for Your RI LLC

Your Rhode Island LLC needs a Registered Agent. You need to appoint one when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new RI Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Rhode Island Registered Agent service.

Incfile’s Rhode Island CROP service

To Reserve a Name for Your Rhode Island LLC

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

To Amend Certain Facts about Your Rhode Island LLC

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

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

  • Adding, removing or changing a Rhode Island LLC member or manager
  • Changing the business address of your LLC
  • Altering the stated business activities of your Rhode Island LLC

Incfile’s Rhode Island Articles of Amendment service

To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Rhode Island LLC

Some organizations will request that you prove your Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island Department of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.

Incfile’s Rhode Island Certificate of Good Standing service

The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard RI 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 Rhode Island 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 RI LLCs.

FAQs About Rhode Island LLC Fees

What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Rhode Island LLC?

We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the department of state on your behalf when forming your Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island LLC needs to be compliant.

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

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
$156 5 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: Annually

Due Date: September 1st

Filing Fee:$53

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