We’ve compiled the most common fees so you know exactly what to expect when starting your Georgia LLC.
Before you form your LLC, let’s walk through the most common filing fees you’ll encounter. Nervous to get started? Don’t be. We’ve done this for more than 500,000 businesses.
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We’ll break down the LLC cost in Georgia, and then show you how to start your LLC.
How much it costs to start an LLC in Georgia:
$100: The Georgia LLC filing fee is
$100. You’ll pay this fee when you file your Articles of Organization.
Note: If you form your Georgia LLC online, you will be prompted to set up an “eCorp” account on the Secretary of State’s Georgia Corporations Division website. You can log into this account to maintain your LLC details and check your LLC’s status.
Once you’ve filed your Articles of Organization, there are a few other fees you need to consider.
Your Georgia annual registration costs $50.
Georgia LLCs are required to file an annual registration every year. Referred to as an annual report in most other states, this filing is due between January 1 and April 1 of the year following the calendar year in which your business was formed. It is then due by April 1 of every subsequent year.
Your Georgia annual registration can be filed in one of the following 3 ways:
Georgia Corporations Division
2 MLK Jr. Dr.
Suite 313, Floyd West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
Reserving a name for your Georgia LLC costs $25. You can reserve your name online or by filing a “Name Reservation Request” form.
Want to “go by” a different name in public than your LLC’s legal name? You can also reserve a fictitious name for the same fee ($25).
The fee for a Georgia Certificate of Existence is $10 online or $20 by mail.
Also known as a Certificate of Good Standing in other states, a Certificate of Existence certifies that your LLC meets all Georgia requirements and is in compliance. While this document may not be required to operate your business, you will likely need it to:
Every Georgia LLC is required to have a registered agent. You can act as your own registered agent for free, or you can have someone serve as your registered agent.
Our registered agent services make it easy for you. We’ll serve as your registered agent and handle any requirements without any work from you.
If you make a mistake on your annual registration and need to file an amended annual registration, the filing fee is $20 (or $30 if filing by mail).
If you already have an LLC in another state and want to expand your business to Georgia, you will need a “Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Georgia.” The filing fee for this document is $225 if filed online, and $235 if filed by mail.
Yes. If you file late, your filing will be subject to late fees. The penalty for filing your annual registration late is $25.
Failure to file and pay requisite fees on time can result in penalty fees and in some cases administrative dissolution of your business entity.
Fees for forming your Georgia business will be paid to the Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
The largest business filing fee you will have to pay is typically for filing the articles of organization for your business. However, not all Georgia businesses will need to file one of these documents.
The Georgia Secretary of State doesn’t accept cash for filing fee payments. However, it does accept payment by check, certified bank check, money order, or credit card.
Here comes the fun part: naming your LLC! Here are a few things to consider when doing this.
There are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind when naming your LLC:
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All formal businesses in Georgia are legally required to have a registered agent.
A registered agent must be available during normal business hours, and their main responsibility is to accept legal notices, like lawsuits. The registered agent must be an individual who resides in Georgia and whose business address matches the address of the registered office.
In Georgia, you can be your own registered agent but this might not be a good choice since legal notices will be delivered in person to your place of business. With a registered agent, notices will be delivered to their address.
A registered agent service guarantees availability at their given address in order to handle any requirements on your behalf. Although registered agents require a fee for their services, it’s something you should consider as a business owner.
Before you’re legally allowed to do business in Georgia as an LLC, you’ll need to file your Articles of Organization. You’ll need to file with the Georgia Secretary of State online for a fee of $100.
We highly suggest that you draft an operating agreement for your Georgia LLC. Georgia doesn’t require LLCs to have operating agreements, but it’s best to draft one anyway since these documents have many benefits.
Here’s what an operating agreement can do, among other things:
Do what’s right for your business and your partners by having us help you get an operating agreement in Georgia.
Along with an operating agreement, you should also consider getting an Employer Identification Number (EIN). An EIN registers your LLC with the federal government. They’re a legal requirement for LLCs with employees or multiple members. You’re also required to have one if you pay excise taxes or meet certain other IRS conditions, and most banks require you to have one to open a business bank account.We offer a fast EIN service, but if you’d prefer, you can get one from the IRS yourself, as well.
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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