Indiana Filing Fees

What are the Business Filing Fees in Indiana?

Starting a business in Indiana means paying a variety of government filing fees. We’ve compiled the most common ones here so that you’ll know what to expect.

FILE YOUR BUSINESS

As an Indiana business owner, you’re probably already aware of the fees you might need to pay to run your business. Statutory structures, like limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations require you to pay formation filing fees. But conducting most commercial activities in Indiana also means knowing what fees your business might face and making sure those are paid on time. If this sounds scary, don’t worry. We’ve compiled a guide to help your Indiana business stay compliant with its fee obligations. We’ll help you understand what fees you might encounter while doing business in Indiana, and how we can help.

Step 1: Pay your Indiana business’s initial filing fees

Indiana businesses can be charged one-time fees to officially form a statutory business entity. To form a new statutory entity, Indiana filing fees vary by business type. The Indiana Secretary of State maintains a current schedule of formation fees. Some documents that require an initial filing fee include:

  • Forming an LLC 
  • Forming a corporation
  • Registering a professional corporation
  • Registering foreign corporations and LLCs

Time is money, and you’ll want to get your business registered as soon as possible. In Indiana, it typically takes about three weeks to register a statutory business, but you can request expedited filing. Expedited filing costs extra, and you’ll need to confirm with the Secretary of State’s office that it’s available in your case.

We can help get your Indiana business registered faster with our expedited filing service. We’ve helped many Indiana businesses understand the Indiana filing fees and do what they need to do to file quickly.

Step 2: Reserve your Indiana business’s name 

Having a unique business name is crucial to helping customers recognize your business. But sometimes you come up with the business name before you have the rest of your affairs in order. What should you do? Most states will allow you to reserve a name for your statutory business for a set period of time for a fee. 

Indiana allows you to reserve a business name for up to 120 days for a small fee. We can do this for you using our easy business name reservation service. We can check the availability of a name for you and help you reserve it so you can focus on other business matters.

Step 3: Reserve a “doing business as” name in Indiana

A “doing business as” (DBA) name is typically used only when a company operates under a name that’s not your legal name or the business’s registered name. This is sometimes called an “assumed business name.” Indiana charges a fee to reserve your assumed business name. In Indiana, individuals and general partnerships may also have to file an assumed name filing with the County Recorder of the counties where they do business. Check with your county to verify local requirements, or use our DBA service.

Step 4: Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

An EIN is issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). An EIN is similar to a social security number for your business. An EIN is free to obtain online from the IRS, but we have a service that can do it for you and spare you the hassle of dealing with the tax man. 

Step 5: Draft an operating agreement, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreement for your Indiana business

Your Indiana business isn’t required to have an Operating Agreement. However, Operating Agreements, Bylaws, and other agreements are important business documents. You can write your own for free or hire a lawyer to draft documents for you, but neither idea is all that appealing to a business owner with little time and a tight budget. Or you can use our operating agreement template, which allows you to customize this key document to your business’s needs.

Step 6: Apply for your Indiana business’s necessary licenses and permits

Business license and permit fees are some of the key ongoing fees that business owners pay during the life of an Indiana business. The State of Indiana doesn’t have a general business license. But you might need a variety of different federal, state, and local licenses for your Indiana business. Researching each possible license can be challenging, especially because Indiana doesn’t have a one-stop shop to tell you where to look for all the information. Our Business License Report service can help you find what licensing you need to get started. 

Step 7: Pay registration fees for out-of-state businesses

A “foreign” business is something less exotic than it sounds. It just means that the business was formed outside of Indiana, not necessarily that it was formed in India. If a foreign business wants to do business within the State of Indiana, they’ll need to register their business in Indiana (including paying applicable fees and providing all required information).

If you want to expand your Indiana business to warmer climates, you’ll likely need to get a Certificate of Good Standing to do so. In Indiana, a Certificate of Good Standing is called a Certificate of Existence, and it lets others know that your business has complied with legal requirements. You can request one for a small fee, and our Certificate of Good Standing service can take care of it for you.

Step 8: Check Indiana’s biennial report requirements and fees

All businesses in Indiana need to file a business entity report every two years. This may seem daunting at first, especially if you’ve never filed one before. Keeping up with the filing deadlines can be difficult, especially when your mind is on other business functions. Our annual report service can help Indiana business owners easily keep track of their reporting obligations. 

Step 9: Keep your Indiana business legally compliant

When you make certain changes to your business information, you may need to file paperwork with the State of Indiana. These changes can include:

  • Changing registered agent
  • Making material changes to your ownership structure
  • Changing certain material facts in your Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation
  • Changing the business name
  • Making certain other changes to public information

You’ll have to pay filing fees when you file documents to make these changes. The fee amounts vary depending on the business type and filing speed. We offer an amendment filing service to help you stay on top of your amendment obligations. We also offer our Worry-Free Compliance service, which includes two amendments every year (you only pay the filing fee; we do the work). 

We can help your Indiana business stay on the right track

Being a business owner shouldn’t have to be about being bogged down in administrative tasks. We want to help you get back to doing what you love and focusing on your business. Our business formation and compliance services can make staying on top of your obligations easy. We can help you avoid costly mistakes and keep your business growing. 

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.

FAQs

  • Are there penalties for paying my fees late in Indiana?

    It depends. Late payments may be subject to late fees in some cases, and in others, your licenses or registrations may lapse.

  • What happens if I can’t pay my fees to the Indiana government?

    There may be penalties, or your business could be at risk of closure. Call the Secretary of State’s office as they may have resources for small business owners like you.

  • Who receives the fees for forming my Indiana business?

    You pay your fees to the Indiana Secretary of State, Business Division.

  • What is usually the biggest fee I will pay when I form my Indiana business?

    It depends upon a number of factors, including what type of business you’re forming.

  • What payment methods can I use to pay my LLC or corporation filing fees to the Indiana government?

    You can use cash, check, or credit card.

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