Nebraska Filing Fees

Nebraska LLC Cost

The cost to start an LLC or other kind of business in Nebraska is at least $100. Filing fees vary based on how you file and certain facts relating to your business. It can take several business days for the Nebraska Secretary of State to process LLC filings. Business filings filed online are prioritized over paper filings. 

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How much is an LLC in Nebraska? 💲

Starting up an LLC will set you back $100 if you file online with Nebraska. If you file in person, it’ll cost you $110. However, that basic expense is significantly less than the average cost to start a business in Nebraska. This is because additional fees can apply according to the details of your business. 

Nebraska LLC Cost: How do I get started? 🏁

You need only one document to start an LLC in Nebraska: a Certificate of Organization. Nebraska doesn’t offer a template Certificate of Organization. Instead, you need to create your own in accordance with Nebraska law. You may also want an Application for a Reserved Limited Liability Company Name. To learn more about starting up an LLC, take a moment to learn about our stress-free Nebraska LLC Formation Service. With this service, you can get your LLC up and running in no time for only $49. 

What fees go into the total LLC cost in Nebraska? 💵

The answer to that question depends on your business’s location, industry, and other details. Below are a few more common fees that you may encounter when you start your own LLC in Nebraska.

Nebraska LLC Filing Fee

$100-110: A Certificate of Organization costs $100 to file online and $110 to file in person or by mail. The Application for Reserved Name form can be filed for only $30. 

Biennial Reports

$10-$13: In contrast to most other states, Nebraska requires LLCs to file a compliance report every two years. These biennial reports cost $10 to file and are due by April 1. Failing to file by that time will result in a late fee. If you don’t file a Biennial report by June 1, the state may dissolve your LLC.

Registered Agent 

Free: Under Nebraska law, almost any individual or company can serve as a registered agent. In fact, you could be your own registered agent, and it wouldn’t cost you a cent. But there’s a downside to that approach. Specifically, you’d have to fulfill a registered agent’s duties. As a registered agent, you would have to be available at your LLC’s principal address during all regular business hours. This is to ensure you are there to receive legal paperwork and summons for the LLC. We recommend hiring a registered agent service instead. For only a small fee, you can open up your time and have a professional take care of all the paperwork. 

But it’s not easy to find a good registered agent. That’s why we developed our Nebraska Registered Agent Service. With this service, we’ll connect you with a high-quality registered agent in no time. 

What other Nebraska LLC fees should I look out for?💰 

Various other fees may apply to your business in addition to the ones we mentioned above. Specifically, you might have to pay fees for the following LLC-related forms.

Certificate of Authority (Foreign LLC Registration)

A Certificate of Authority registers a “foreign” LLC in Nebraska. For our purposes, a “foreign” LLC is any LLC located in another state. When foreign LLCs expand into Nebraska, they file Certificates of Authority instead of incorporating as a new, domestic LLC. The certificate shows that your LLC is complying with all state laws. Filing a Certificate of Authority will cost $110 unless you file online, which costs $100. 

Trade Name 

A trade name in Nebraska serves as an alias for your business. You can use a trade name with your customers and the public while maintaining your official name on the state’s documents. Some states refer to these trade names as “DBA” (or “Doing Business As”) names or “Assumed Names.” 

You can submit an Application for Trade Name to lock in a good trade name for your LLC. The filing fee is $110 if you file by mail or in person and $100 if you file online.

Statement of Change

As time goes on, you might need to make a change to your business. If you’re changing your office or registered agent, the best way to inform the state government of the change is with a Statement of Change. The filing fee for a Statement of Change is $30 if filing by mail or in person and $25 if filing online. If you’re forming a series LLC, the document is $70 plus an additional $50 for each series member. 

Business Licensing 

Business licenses, permits, and registrations are another fact of life when considering a Nebraska LLC’s cost. No matter what kind of LLC you plan to operate, you’ll have to acquire licenses to comply with local, state, and federal laws. Acquiring these licenses and permits will require a fee. If you’re new to the business world, finding out which license, permit, and registration requirements apply to your business can be overwhelming. Let us help you with our Business License Report. Together with our partners at Avalara, we can generate a customized report for your LLC that indicates which licenses, permits, and registrations you need to be in compliance.

For just $49, we can form your Nebraska LLC for you in just minutes. No LegalZoom promo code required: Pay just $49 plus filing fees for fast LLC formation in Nebraska. 

Are there penalties for paying my fees late in Nebraska? 📅 

Yes. If you don’t pay your fees on time, you may incur late fees, interest, and other consequences. Sometimes, paying your fees late can even harm your business’s good standing with the state government. This could significantly harm your business’s ability to function.

What happens if I can’t pay my filing fee to the Nebraska government? 💳 

Without a filing fee, the Nebraska state government won’t file your formation or licensing forms. In turn, failing to file certain documents could result in the dissolution of your LLC. 

Who receives the filing fees for forming my Nebraska business? 🙋🏽‍♂️

Direct all filing fees to the Nebraska Secretary of State. 

What is the largest fee I will pay when I form my Nebraska LLC? 💲

Generally, the largest LLC fee you can expect to pay is for your Certificate of Organization. This fee costs at least $100. Equally costly is the fee for the Trade Name Application. That said, other costs, like license and permit fees, can sometimes exceed the filing fees for these basic forms.

What payment methods can I use to pay my LLC filing fees to the Nebraska government? 

The state accepts credit cards if you’re paying online. If you’re paying in person or by mail, you can pay by check, credit card, and debit card. 

How do I form my LLC in Nebraska? 🔍

Name your LLC👋🏽 

You can’t do anything with your business until you have a name. Because your name will be your business’s introduction to your customers, take the time to think of a few great potential names. Once you have a few names in mind, check to see whether they are available by sending a written request to the Secretary of State’s office. Their email is sos.corp@nebraska.gov. Alternatively, you can use our Business Name Checker to quickly discover whether your ideal business name is available. Assuming your name is available, make sure that it meets the following requirements: 

  • The name must not be the same or “deceptively similar” to another business in the Secretary of State’s records
  • The name must include the words “limited liability company,” “limited company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.,” “L.C,” “LLC,” or “LC.”

Once you’ve met these requirements, lock in your name by filing an Application for a Reserved Limited Liability Company Name with the Secretary of State. If you don’t have the time to file the application, let us give you a hand with our Business Name Reservation Service.

Select a Registered Agent📝

Registered agents are a vital part of a successful LLC. They serve as the LLC’s designated point of contact for all legal and financial documents. Anyone with a physical address in the state can serve as a registered agent. Ensuring that you have a responsible party to receive important legal documents for your company is important, so you need to make sure that you obtain a high-quality registered agent. Use our registered agent service to get an outstanding registered agent today. 

File your LLC’s Certificate of Organization 📃

Your Certificate of Organization serves to make your business an official Nebraska LLC. The cheapest and quickest way to file a Certificate of Organization is with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s online portal. You can also file by mail or in person. If filing by mail, address your form to:

Nebraska Secretary of State

P.O. Box 94608

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4608

You can also pay a visit to the Business Services Department at: 

1201 N. Street, Suite 120

Lincoln, NE 68508

Create an Operating Agreement 🏦  

It’s always a great idea for LLC owners to draft a Nebraska Operating Agreement. Operating Agreements give you and your partners the opportunity to set your own rules of daily operation. You can touch on a range of topics in your Operating Agreement, including:

  • How to distribute the venture’s profits and losses amongst managers and members
  • How your business will resolve disputes between managers and members 
  • How your members will vote

Strictly speaking, you don’t have to draft your own Operating Agreement. If your business doesn’t have an Operating Agreement, it’ll be run according to the state’s default rules for limited liability companies. But these rules were not crafted with your business in mind and can sometimes hurt more than they help. 

If you want an Operating Agreement but don’t know where to start, we can help you out with our Operating Agreement Template. This template will give you the start you need to write an Operating Agreement that sets your company up for success.

Get an EIN 🔖

There’s no way to get around paying taxes. Although LLCs are generally pass-through entities when it comes to income taxes, you still have to pay payroll and other taxes. To pay federal taxes, you should have an Employer Identification Number (EIN). In fact, you need an EIN to pay taxes unless your LLC has only one member. Even then, you’d have to use your own social security number on your business’s tax return. That’s hardly ideal. 

There are other benefits to obtaining an EIN. Specifically, having an EIN allows you to get a business bank account and take out a business insurance policy. 

To obtain an EIN, you need to apply for one from the IRS. Don’t want to waste your time filling out IRS paperwork? We didn’t think so. If you want to get an EIN hassle-free, check out our easy Employer ID Number Service today.

Meet the Nebraska LLC publication requirement ⏰

To wrap up the LLC formation process, you’ll need to publish a notice of your organization. This is a unique requirement that isn’t found in many other states. To meet this requirement, you have to take out an advertisement in a legal newspaper. The newspaper must have a general circulation near your business’s location. You must run the ad for a minimum of three weeks. In addition, you need to submit Proof of Publication to the Secretary of State. Proof of Publication costs $30 to file in person and $25 to file online. 

Stay Legally Compliant 🧑

Once your business is up and running, you’ll have to meet a few requirements —  like filing a biennial report. If you don’t like having to remember what report you need to file and when, you can allow us to do the heavy lifting with our Report Filing Service.

Other compliance requirements will inevitably pop up over time. In addition, you’ll probably need to make changes to your business at some point in the future. To help you meet your LLC’s compliance obligations and your changing business needs, check out our Worry-Free Compliance Service. With this service, we can help you stay compliant with all of Nebraska’s regulatory obligations, and the service comes with two free amendments per year. 

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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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