How Much Does an LLC Cost?
The cost to file an LLC varies from state to state but ranges from $40 to $500.
How much your LLC will cost depends on which state your LLC will be formed in.
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Other Expenses That Contribute to the Cost of an LLC
Although the main cost when starting an LLC is the state filing fee, there are additional up-front and ongoing costs to plan for.
Up-Front LLC Costs
In addition to the state filing fee there are other up-front costs that you need to be aware of. They vary by state too and include:
Fees to reserve the name of your LLC (from $10 to $50)
Fees for filing a fictitious business name application if you're going to operate under a different name (ranges from $5 to $100)
The cost of getting your business license (costs anywhere from $50 to $100)
Permit fees (the permits or licenses your business may need will depends on your industry but can vary from $0 to thousands of dollars)
Publication fees (Applicable in New York, Nebraska & Arizona range from $40 to $2000)
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The Ongoing Costs of Running an LLC
Once your LLC is up and running, you'll need to pay recurring fees or maintenance costs to keep it in good standing with local and state government. Ongoing LLC costs also vary by state and include:
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Not Sure an LLC Is Right for Your Business?
There are some businesses that can’t form an LLC such as banks, insurance companies, financial trusts and other financial institutions.
In some states, certain industries can’t form LLC’s either – For example accountants, architects and health care providers can’t form LLCs in California.
There are also some business types just that aren’t a good fit for forming an LLC:
Startups that wish to offer stock options or bring on investors.
Nonprofits because it makes formation more complex and there are laws preventing it in many states.