We’ve compiled the most common fees so you know exactly what to expect when starting your Connecticut LLC.
After choosing a name for your Connecticut LLC, you will need to acquire a registered agent to receive all business and legal correspondence. You will need this information for your Certificate of Organization. This is the official document that has to be submitted to the Connecticut Secretary of State to start your LLC in Connecticut. We can make the filing process easy with our Connecticut LLC Formation Service.
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If you’re wondering about the cost to start a business in Connecticut, there are some things to take into consideration. Filing your Connecticut LLC Certificate of Organization is the official step that creates your legal business, but there are some additional steps that may have some associated costs.
$120: A Connecticut Certificate of Organization costs $120 to officially file. Many fees are recurring and not one-time fees. But you pay your formation fee only once.
Free: You can be your own registered agent in Connecticut, but it’s not recommended. Registered agents have to be available during all regular business hours to receive legal and business correspondence. Most businesses use a registered agent service.
$100: The State of Connecticut requires businesses to obtain a Sales and Use Tax Permit (also known as a seller’s permit) if the business intends to engage in any of the following activities:
This permit is acquired from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services. You can’t legally conduct business without this permit. You’ll need to factor this into your Connecticut LLC cost.
$80: Connecticut requires an Annual Report with the Secretary of State. It’s due each year by the end of the month in which the LLC was initially registered.
$60: Reserving your business name prior to registration is optional, but allows you to put your desired name on hold so no one else can take it between the time when you decide on the name and when you file your Certificate of Organization. You will need to file an Application for Reservation of Name, or we can do it for you with our Business Name Reservation Service.
$50: A certificate of good standing proves that your business is operating in full compliance with the state. This is often required by banks and lenders when opening business accounts.
Varies: If you choose to use a name other than your official business name, you may file an Assumed Name Certificate. This document is county-specific. Check with your county clerk for additional information on filing and cost.
Varies: Many businesses require some sort of license or permit for operations. Depending on your specific industry and location, your business could need federal, state, or local business licenses to operate. Determining what you need can require a lot of time-consuming research. Let us help with our Business License Service.
$40: Obtain plain copies of your Connecticut business documents through the Secretary of State.
$55: Obtain certified copies of your Connecticut business documents by ordering through the Secretary of State.
$120: This Connecticut LLC filing fee only applies to LLCs that are registered in another state and would like to conduct business in Connecticut. The cost of filing a Foreign Registration Statement is $120.
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Your Connecticut LLC isn’t officially formed until you pay your filing fee for your Certificate of Organization. Additionally, failing to submit and pay your Annual Report fees could result in penalties or even dissolution of your LLC.
Failing to obtain a sales and use tax permit before conducting business in Connecticut can prove very costly. Penalties start at $250 the first day and $100 for every subsequent day.
If you cannot pay your Connecticut LLC filing fee, the government can deny formation of your limited liability company. You can still operate as a sole proprietorship or general partnership without registering with the state.
Submit your Connecticut Certificate of Organization registration and filing fee to the Secretary of State.
As long as you don’t have any penalties, the largest fee to start your Connecticut limited liability company will be the Connecticut LLC cost of your $120 Certificate of Organization. Fees may vary based on the type of business you have and your location. You could potentially incur higher costs for licensing and permits.
You can submit many of your documents and filing fees online with the Secretary of State and pay using a credit card. You will need to create a business account on the state website.
Some documents can be filed by mail, in which case you can pay using a check.
Choosing a name is an important part of your business. Make sure that the name you choose follows all Connecticut naming requirements. These rules include:
Once you have chosen a business name, you have the option to reserve it for 120 days, so no other company can legally register under that name before you do.
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A registered agent must have a physical address in Connecticut and be available during all normal business hours to receive legal and business correspondence. This includes correspondence from the Secretary of State. We can help you find a registered agent that fits your needs.
Make sure you have all necessary information for your business including the following filing requirements:
Submit the form online, by mail, or in person.
Though not required to be legally compliant, an Operating Agreement is an important document to have. An Operating Agreement is an internal document that defines how the business is going to run. Provisions may address manager and member roles and responsibilities, profit and loss sharing, dispute resolution, transfer of membership, dissolution, and more.
Without an Operating Agreement, any disputes will default to Connecticut state statutes, which may or may not be beneficial for your particular business structure and style. We can help you get started with our Operating Agreement Template.
A registered business entity needs an EIN to pay taxes and hire employees. You may also need it to open business accounts. This number acts like a social security number for your business and can be obtained from the IRS. We can also get it for you through our EIN service, which may free up some time for you to focus on other areas of the business.
There are a lot of things to keep track of when you’re forming a Connecticut LLC. We can help you be proactive in all your annual reports and additional filings through our Worry-Free Compliance Service. This service also includes amendments, which eases the stress of changing your mind. If you accidentally fall out of good standing, we will provide you with a detailed action plan to get you back on track.
Starting and running your own Connecticut LLC can be rewarding but difficult. Let us handle some of the tedious stuff, so you can get back to planning and growing your business. We’re here to provide support and peace of mind.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is for informational 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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