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If you’re looking for an excellent Nevada LLC service then choose ZenBusiness. We’ve already formed 500,000+ businesses since 2015!

  • Free LLC Service: We’ll form your LLC for free (plus your state’s required fee), while some competitors charge hundreds of dollars for similar services.
  • $5,000 Grant Program: As a ZenBusiness customer you’re eligible to enter our grant program which includes $5,000 and other special resources to help start your business. In 2023, 40 grants will be awarded. As a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) we’re focused on more than just profits – we strongly believe in giving back.
  • Stellar Reviews: With more than 12,900 ZenBusiness reviews available online and high average ratings, it’s clear that our customers are typically quite pleased with our services.
  • Quality Guarantee: We offer a 60-day money-back guarantee on our services. While some competitors have steep service charges or short windows of availability for refunds, our 100% satisfaction guarantee provides significant peace of mind.

If you want a socially conscious Nevada LLC service with excellent overall value, choose ZenBusiness.

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Northwest

Northwest Registered Agent charges $225 (plus state fee) for LLC filing services. That said, Northwest’s personalized customer support is a feature that could make their prices worth paying for some entrepreneurs.

  • Higher Prices: Northwest charges $225 + state fee to form an LLC in Nevada. However, that $225 package does at least include a year of registered agent service.
  • Customer Reviews: Northwest receives mostly positive customer feedback, but with several hundred reviews instead of the thousands you’ll find with the other companies in this guide, they can’t match competitors like us for review volume.
  • Known for Service: While some competitors outsource customer service to third-party call centers, Northwest keeps its support team in-house.

Overall, Northwest does have some points in its favor. However, keep in mind that it charges $225 (plus your state’s required fee) for its LLC filing services.

Want to learn more? See this Northwest LLC review.

LegalZoom

LegalZoom is one of the biggest names in the industry, with millions of customers served and frequent advertising efforts. LegalZoom provides an LLC filing package for free (plus the state’s fee).

  • Higher Average Prices: While LegalZoom charges $0 (+ your state fee) for LLC service, it has higher price points for some other services. For instance, it typically charges a rate of $199 per year for registered agent service and at least $149 to form a corporation.
  • Features: LegalZoom sometimes excludes valuable features from its LLC filing service packages. For instance, its Basic LLC service package includes only a digital welcome packet and a trial for a third-party web design service.
  • Service Guarantee: Much like ZenBusiness, LegalZoom offers a 60-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee that is among the best in the industry.

LegalZoom is a huge company, so while it offers extended support hours, the quality of its customer support may vary a bit from representative to representative.

Want to learn more? See this LegalZoom LLC review.

Incfile/Bizee

Incfile/Bizee offers LLC formations for free, as long as you pay your state’s fee. Incfile and ZenBusiness have some similar characteristics, but there are also some significant differences that set the two apart.

  • Lots of Reviews: Incfile/Bizee has tens of thousands of customer reviews with strong average rating scores.
  • Customer Support: If you prioritize responsive customer support, Incfile/Bizee may not be your best option. At times, their responses can be slow and some customers complain that they don’t get a response at all to emailed support inquiries.
  • Upsells: Incfile/Bizee can also pile on the upsells, with lots of suggested add-on services sprinkled throughout the order form.

If you’re looking for a cheap LLC formation service in Nevada and ZenBusiness doesn’t feel right for some reason, Incfile/Bizee could be worth a closer look.

Want to learn more? See this Incfile/Bizee LLC review.

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Nevada LLC Fast Facts

  • LLC Formation Speed: Real-time updates here (currently, new filings are taking about a month)
  • Cost to File an NV LLC: $75, plus the service’s fee if you use one
  • How to File Your Articles of Organization: Online or by mail
  • Annual List: Goes hand-in-hand with the state business license; costs $150 to file each year
  • State General Business License: Required for all businesses; costs $200
  • PLLCs: Required for professional service businesses; use a separate form to register

What Is a Nevada LLC?

LLCs are formal legal entities that are typically taxed similarly to sole proprietorships and general partnerships, in that the owners include any company profits or losses into their personal returns — the LLC itself does not owe income taxes. An LLC may also elect to be taxed like a corporation, although this is not a very common option.

There are similarities to corporations too, especially when it comes to financial responsibilities. In an LLC, the owners or members are not usually personally accountable for the financial status of the business. This means that if someone sues your LLC, your personal assets are not at risk.

While Nevada does not legally require LLCs to create an operating agreement, it’s still strongly recommended. This document can help clear up any disagreements between your owners, and it’s also just generally convenient to have a roadmap of your LLC’s operational aspects.

Nevada has several advantages that make them a great state to form an LLC in. For starters, Nevada allows LLC owners to remain anonymous, and they’re actually one of just a few states where you can keep your identity private as an entrepreneur.

In addition, this state has no state-level income, corporate, or franchise taxes whatsoever. Nevada also has fewer rules for business entities in general, as they tend to give businesses a wide berth to operate as they see fit, without concerns of government overreach.

Finally, Nevada allows entrepreneurs to form series LLCs. In fact, we have an entire guide on how to form a Nevada series LLC. The series LLC is a group of LLCs that fall under the umbrella of one parent LLC. The big advantage of series LLCs is that each LLC in the series is shielded from the liability of each other LLC, and you only need to form one entity instead of several separate LLCs or a corporation with subsidiaries.

The Total Cost of Forming and Maintaining an LLC in Nevada

In addition to the costs of a business formation service or hiring an attorney (which are optional, as we’ve discussed), there are quite a few other required and optional expenses when forming and maintaining a Nevada business. You cannot form an LLC in Nevada without filing the Articles of Organization, the document that officially registers a business within the state. The base filing fee for this is $75, but we’ll cover a few other expenses in just a moment.

Your LLC will pay a $60 fee for its registered agent appointment. You’ll also need to publish an annual list of your business officers ($150 fee) as well as submit a business license application ($200 fee). The annual list and business license application must be submitted every year.

Nevada is unique in that they don’t charge a state income tax. But they do have one key business tax: the Modified Business Tax. This tax is lower than most rates in other states, but you won’t want to overlook it by accident. You will also have to pay federal taxes, along with several others.

For instance, if you have employees, you’ll pay unemployment insurance tax. If you sell goods or services, you’ll pay sales and use tax. Depending on the nature of your business, there could be other taxes required, so check with the Nevada Department of Taxation to make sure.

Other than that, the other potential expenses only apply to certain businesses. These include things like professional or industry-specific business licenses and business insurance.

Pros and Cons of Creating a Limited Liability Company

An LLC is one of the most popular entity types nationwide. But it isn’t the right type for everyone.

Only you can pick which entity type best fits you and your business; after all, you understand your business idea better than anyone. You have a clear vision for your products and services, both present and future.

To truly determine whether an LLC is right for you, it’s helpful to consider the advantages and disadvantages of LLCs.

Pros

  • Easier to form and maintain than a corporation
  • Personal asset protection
  • Flexible taxation structure; can pay as a partnership or a corporation
  • Business name is protected for exclusive use within state boundaries

Cons

  • No authority to issue stock, so opportunities to raise capital are limited
  • Fees are higher than partnerships or sole proprietorships
  • Requires more paperwork than some entrepreneurs are comfortable with

Should You Form a Nevada LLC or Corporation?

Common characteristics

There are some common aspects of the LLC and the corporation, starting with the personal asset protection they both provide. Also known as limited liability, this personal asset protection ensures that if your business is sued, only the business assets are at risk. Meanwhile, your personal assets — like your house, car, personal bank accounts, investments, etc. — are protected by your LLC or corporation’s business structure.

In addition, LLCs and corporations both provide their owners with business name exclusivity. If you own and operate a sole proprietorship or general partnership, you will not have exclusive rights to your business name. Instead, if another company decides to use your name as its own, you won’t be able to stop them. In fact, they could even register your business name and gain exclusive rights to it, forcing you to come up with a new one.

Advantages of the LLC

In general, an LLC is quicker and easier to form than a corporation. LLCs usually need to provide less information for their formation documents than corporations do, and there are fewer steps in the process as well. For instance, LLCs don’t need to draft corporate bylaws, name officers or board members, hold initial board meetings, or issue stock. On the other hand, corporations need to do all of these things and more.

The LLC is also a less rigid business structure that allows its owners greater flexibility. The business structure of a corporation is inflexible, with many regulations dictating how the business should look and function. Meanwhile, LLCs have options for business management structure and ownership responsibilities that corporations simply don’t have.

Another even more valuable option LLCs have is that they can choose how they want to be taxed. Most LLCs are taxed as pass-through entities, which means the business itself does not pay taxes, but the profits are passed through the LLC itself to its owners, who pay taxes on this money on their personal returns. However, LLCs can also opt to be taxed like corporations (either as a C corporation or an S corporation), giving them more options for taxation than a corporation has.

Advantages of the corporation

Corporations have some advantages too, like the ability to sell stock. It’s quite difficult for an LLC to attract outside investments because it cannot issue stock. The vast majority of investors prefer stock as their investment medium, and it’s also very rare to see venture capitalists investing in LLCs. For these reasons, the corporation is a much better option for businesses looking to attract investments.

In addition, the corporation has been around for hundreds of years, while the LLC is a newer addition to the American business landscape. This means that the corporation has more established legalities and also that it’s easier to expand into other states because the corporation’s structure is essentially the same no matter where you form it.

How to Set Up a Nevada LLC on Your Own

Technically speaking, you don’t have to use an LLC formation service like ZenBusiness or LegalZoom. These services are incredibly helpful, but you can save money by completing the process yourself.

You can read our complete guide to DIY an LLC setup in Nevada, but here’s a quick look at the process:

Choose a business name

Every LLC in Nevada needs a name that’s memorable and gives potential clients a good idea of what goods or services are available. The name also needs to be unique — both for legal reasons and so your business stands out from the competition.

Appoint an NV registered agent

As we’ve mentioned in this guide, every LLC needs an agent who can accept service of process on your behalf. In all states, you can act as your own registered agent as long as you have a physical address in the state. That said, we generally recommend that you appoint someone else (like an online service) to act as your agent.

File the Articles of Organization

This document, once filled out and filed, officially forms your business in the state of Nevada. You’ll need to provide some important information, including your contact information, your business address, signatures for your LLC’s members, and more. Nevada has a $75 filing fee.

Setting up the LLC is as easy as 1-2-3; it’s the maintenance requirements that are a bit more complicated:

Register for and pay taxes

If you have employees, you’ll need to get an Employer Identification Number from the IRS. Then there are state-specific taxes, too. Unlike most states, Nevada does not levy an income tax. However, many businesses will need to pay the Modified Business Tax, which has a 1.425% rate for most entities. You will also need to account for the state sales tax (4.6% plus local fees). Learn more about these and other miscellaneous taxes at the Nevada Department of Taxation.

Get licenses and permits

Nevada requires every business to obtain and maintain an annual business license. You’ll renew it every year along with your annual report (see step 4), and the renewal requires you to publish a list of your business’s officers. Beyond that, there’s a good chance you’ll also need to obtain industry-related professional licenses. Nevada SilverFlume can help you assemble a comprehensive list of all the licenses you may need.

Create an operating agreement

Even single-member LLCs should create a “master document” that sets out how the business will operate, both now and in the future.

File your annual report

Each year, your LLC will need to file an annual report to update the state about the standing of your business. In Nevada, this report tags along with your business license renewal, and it’s due by the end of your LLC’s anniversary month. There is a $200 filing fee for the business license and a $150 fee for the annual report.

Obtain business insurance

Every business with employees needs to maintain workers’ compensation insurance and a commercial vehicle policy for company-owned vehicles. You may also want to get a general business liability policy, too.

Get a business bank account

You should sign up for a business bank account so you can write checks and make purchases in the name of the business instead of pulling from your personal accounts (a legal no-no).

This is just the tip of the iceberg, though. For more detailed guidance, we recommend contacting an attorney or checking out the full Nevada LLC Formation Guide.

FAQ's

  • We invite you to take a look at our comprehensive guide to forming a limited liability company in Nevada. This article walks you through the LLC formation process in this state step by step, ensuring that you don’t miss any crucial elements.

  • One of the most important steps in forming a Nevada LLC is choosing a business name. Once you come up with ideas for your name, you should search through the state’s Nevada Business Search on the SilverFlume Business Portal website to make sure your desired name is available. For more information on conducting a business name search in Nevada, check out our full article on the topic.

  • If you would like to file your Articles of Organization online, you can do so on the SilverFlume Business Portal site. If you would rather print off a paper form that can be mailed, faxed, emailed, or dropped off in person, you can use their form.

  • Each year, Nevada LLCs are required to file a document known as the Annual List and Business License Renewal. As the name suggests, this filing both renews your general business license and informs the state regarding any changes to your ownership group. You can print off a paper form, or you can complete this filing on the SilverFlume site. Either way, there is a $150 fee for the Annual List and a $200 fee for the license.

  • We’ve already discussed Nevada’s requirement that all businesses acquire general business licenses and renew them every year, but there are also many industry-specific licenses, as well as licenses from your county or municipality. For more information on which licenses and permits may apply to your business, check out Nevada’s Guide to Starting and Growing a Business.

  • We love Nevada’s high degree of transparency when it comes to turnaround times for LLC creation. If you visit the Secretary of State’s website, you’ll find a page dedicated to processing dates. Most online filings are processed the same day they’re filed, and the state provides detailed information about paper filings in progress. At the time of this writing, the turnaround time for an LLC formation filed via paper was right around two weeks.

  • If you want more details about what these companies can offer in this state, or you’d like to take a look at some other options, check out our complete guide to Nevada registered agents.

  • Unfortunately, not all businesses last forever. If the time comes when you need to close your LLC’s doors, you’ll need to do so in a manner consistent with the state’s regulations. That’s why we wrote our guide to Nevada LLC dissolutions, so you can complete the process in a compliant manner.

  • If your LLC already exists in another state, you don’t actually need to “form” it in Nevada. Instead, you’ll need to foreign qualify the business in this state. This process is somewhat similar to LLC formation, but there are some crucial differences as well. Take a look at our guide to foreign qualifications in Nevada for more information.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.

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