How Much Does It Cost to Start an LLC in Texas?
Legal business registration—and keeping your business in good standing—involves some necessary expenses. Some of these costs are payable to the Texas Secretary of State, while others are due to the federal or Texas government. We’ve summarized the most common requirements and fees here.
Note that Texas 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.
Initial Filing and Fees for Forming a Texas LLC
When you first incorporate your business in Texas, you’ll need to file an LLC with the TX Secretary of State and pay a Texas filing fee. Here are the current fees and filing times for Texas:
Just pay your required state fee.Incorporate Your Texas LLC Today
Costs for an Employer Identification Number
Every Texas 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.
Foreign Qualification to Operate in a State Outside Texas
If you’re expanding your Texas 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 Texas. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.
Annual Report Requirements for Texas
Most states need to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their Secretary of State. Texas has two annual filing requirements for LLC reports:
- Public Information Report
- Franchise Tax Report
There is no fee to file a Public Information Report. The fee to file your Franchise Tax Report is based on your LLC revenue.
Texas Business Licenses and Permits
Your Texas LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Texas, 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 Texas LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
- The location of your Texas LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Austin)
- The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)
Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Texas and local governments.
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 Texas LLC will need
The application forms you will need to file with the Texas, regional and federal licensing authorities
Operating Agreements for Texas LLCs
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.
Texas is one of the states that does not require you to have an operating agreement—but it can still be extremely helpful in making sure you’re organized and prepared.
You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.Learn About Operating Agreements
Other Potential LLC Fees or Requirements in Texas
There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Texas 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 Texas LLC
If you want your TX business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Texas Secretary of State. You will need to pay a Texas filing fee.
To Change the Texas Registered Agent for Your TX LLC
Your Texas LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new TX Registered Agent later.
It’s free for the first year if you incorporate with us, and $119 a year after.Incfile’s Texas Registered Agent Service
To Reserve a Name for Your Texas LLC
If you don’t want to form your TX business right away, you can reserve a name with the Texas Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.
To Amend Certain Facts About Your Texas LLC
Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Texas business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file a “Certificate of Amendment” with the Texas Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf. Areas you might want to file a Texas Certificate of Amendment for include:
- Adding, removing or changing a Texas LLC member or manager
- Changing the business address of your LLC
- Altering the stated business activities of your Texas LLC
To Get a Certificate of Good Standing for Your Texas LLC
Some organizations will request that you prove your Texas 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 Texas Secretary of State.
The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard TX 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 Texas 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 TX LLCs.
FAQs About Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas LLC needs to be compliant.