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Simple Steps to Start Your Texas LLC

The Lone Star state is a great place to start a business. A combination of natural resources, lots of land area and culturally diverse cities makes Texas a center of opportunity. If you want to start your own business in Texas, the easiest way to do that is by forming an LLC.

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are specially designed for small and medium sized businesses — they’re easy and inexpensive to create in Texas. A Texas LLC gives you many of the benefits and protections of larger corporations but without all the hassle, regulations and rules common to big business.

In Texas you also have the option to set up a Series LLC — these are specialized LLCs designed to allow you to manage multiple separate LLCs under one master, umbrella LLC.

Advantages of Forming an LLC in Texas

Texas LLCs have several benefits for business owners...

  • You can set up a Texas LLC relatively quickly — complete all the paperwork online and start your company right now.

  • Limit any personal liability — any liabilities created by your Texas business (debts, obligations and other liabilities) are legally considered to be completely separate from your personal assets.

  • It’s easy to run a Texas LLC — LLCs are light on rules. You don’t need annual meetings, boards of directors or complex regulations. Texas LLCs are also simple to manage and you can a make changes with little paperwork.

  • Tracking, filing and paying taxes is easy — any profit or loss your Texas LLC creates is reported on your personal tax returns. You won’t need to deal with the “double taxation” problems that larger companies have.

Start your Texas LLC in Six Steps

STEP 1: Name Your Texas LLC

  • Your Texas LLC needs an original, unique name. It should:

    • Be distinctive and not used by another company in Texas.

    • Not be confusable with the name of another company in Texas.

    • End with the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “LLC.” “Limited” and “Company” can be abbreviated to “Ltd.” and “Co.”

    • For example: “Texas Natural Resources Survey Reports LLC” or “Houston Without a Problem, Limited Liability Company”

  • Learn how to search for other company names, including words you aren’t allowed to use in your company name here.

STEP 2: Your Texas LLC Needs a Street Address

A Texas LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), where your office is located, or any physical address of your preference — even outside of Texas. It cannot be a P.O. Box.

STEP 3: Assign a Registered Agent for Your Texas LLC

Every Texas LLC must have a "registered agent". That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated registered agent service. The registered agent in Texas is someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the Texas Secretary of State.

At Incfile, all of our packages include a "Registered Agent" service free for the first year and $119 per year thereafter. We also have a dashboard you can login to and easily view any document your registered agent has received on your behalf. Here are a few reasons you might want to appoint Incfile as their registered agent service...

  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in the state where you are forming the company. Some people establish companies outside of the state they live in and will need to use a Registered Agent service to provide the address.
  • You always need to have someone on hand to receive important documents for your business during business hours (typically 9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday). Therefore, person must always be available to sign for legal correspondence.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the Texas Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, this is a reason to choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your Texas business address or move out of state, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the secretary of state for the new address of your Registered Agent. You will need to setup a new registered agent service in the new state.

There are more considerations, but this should help you with your decision to use a Registered Agent service.

STEP 4: You Should Provide Names and Addresses of all Texas LLC Members

Your Texas LLC members are the people who run and own the business. LLC members typically take profits from the business to pay themselves. Texas requires you to list the names and addresses of all managers or members when you register your Texas LLC. If you are the sole owner of your LLC, then you are the only member.

STEP 5: You Need to File a Certificate of Formation with the Texas Secretary of State

Filing a Certificate of Formation creates your Texas LLC. Here at Incfile we can file your Certificate of Formation on your behalf with the Secretary of State for Texas and create your LLC.

STEP 6: You Can Create a Texas LLC Operating Agreement

Texas LLCs aren’t required to have an operating agreement, but they are extremely useful for several good reasons. Your operating agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas. Here’s how to create your Operating Agreement. If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile will draft a general Operating Agreement within most of our online business formation packages. It can also be selected as an add-on option in our Silver package. This Operating Agreement will be a basic template that you can make changes to anytime you see fit.

We also have a lot more information on how to form an LLC. It answers questions like:

  • Who can form a Texas LLC?
  • When should you form a Texas LLC?
  • What are the ongoing responsibilities for an LLC?

Starting Your Texas LLC: Useful Resources

Form a Texas LLC without Breaking the Bank

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Texas LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the articles of organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free registered agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help to start an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.

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

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
$300 1 Week 2 Business Days

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.

Public Information & Franchise Tax Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: Both reports are due between January 1st and no later than May 15th.

Filing Fee:There is no charge for the Public Information Report. The Franchise Tax Fee is based on the revenue of the LLC.

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