Taxes and Fees for Your Washington LLC
Here’s a breakdown of the likely taxes and fees you’ll incur when you start and run an LLC in Washington.
Washington LLC Formation and Filing Fee
When you first form your LLC in Washington, you will need to pay a fee to file your Certificate of Formation. You can find the current fees and turnaround times here.
Washington Permits and Licenses
You will need to pay licensing and permit fees on a regular basis depending on the type of business you are operating and where you are located. These vary from city to city and industry to industry. If you don’t want to do the legwork yourself, we provide a complete Business License Research Package that will tell you all of the licenses and permits required for your new LLC. It includes:
- A comprehensive package of all the licenses, permits and tax registrations required for your business
- The application forms to file with the appropriate licensing authorities
- Your customized Business License Research Package will be emailed to you within two days of your company being filed by the state
Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from state and local governments.
Washington LLC Fees
- Turnaround times for forming an LLC in Washington: You will normally have the option of a “Standard” turnaround time and an “Expedited” turnaround time for forming your LLC. You can learn about those times here.
- Fees for forming an LLC in Washington: Learn about standard filing costs here.
- Washington State Annual Report Fee: A yearly fee when you file your annual report.
- Washington Permits and Licenses: Various fees for renewing your licensing and permit fees on a regular basis. These depend on the type of business you are operating and where you are located. They vary from city to city and industry to industry.
Washington State Income Tax
Washington does not have a state income tax. The state makes money through high gasoline taxes, sales taxes, property taxes and other means.
Washington State Sales/Use Tax
If you’re selling products or services in Washington, you may need to pay a state sales tax. This typically runs between 8 and 10 percent.
Washington Other Taxes
You may need to pay other taxes and fees, depending on the type of business you run. Learn about other Washington taxes.
Because your Washington LLC income flows through to your personal tax return, you must pay self-employment tax (also known as FICA, Social Security or Medicare tax) on your earnings. This is typically at a rate of 15.3 percent. You will be able to deduct your business expenses from your income when working out how much self-employment tax you owe. Note that if you are an LLC electing to be treated as an S Corp, you can reduce your self-employment tax.
Federal Income Tax
You will also need to pay regular federal income tax when you file your tax return every year. You can find details of federal tax brackets online. Note that you will be able to apply your standard deduction, personal exemption and business expenses to this tax.
Employee Insurance and Taxes
If you employ others, you will need to pay insurance and taxes to the state for each employee. Here’s how to register for the various employee taxes, insurance and other costs. Find out how to:
Ready to Start Your Washington LLC?
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