Nevada Filing Fees

What are the Business Filing Fees in Nevada?

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

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Nevada requires the submission of certain formation documents, in addition to filing fees, to form statutory entities like limited liability companies, corporations, and limited partnerships. Common law entities, on the other hand, aren’t required to submit formation documents or pay filing fees before they start operating. Common law entities include sole proprietorships and general partnerships. 

However, all Nevada businesses entities are subject to other fees to maintain their legal compliance. For example, Nevada requires business entities to file an annual list, referred to in many states as an annual report, every year to stay compliant with state laws. If you need to create your business, we can help with our LLC Formation service or Corporation Formation service. Keep reading for more information on how to pay your Nevada filing fees.

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

Nevada requires corporations to pay a filing fee to submit their initial formation documents. For corporations, you have to file Articles of Incorporation to officially form your business. For LLCs, you have to file Articles of Organization. Nevada allows businesses to file these documents online. The filing fee for corporations is determined by the total number of authorized shares the corporation listed in the document. The filing fee for LLC documents is included in the Articles of Organization form.

Documents filed online are typically processed the same day they’re filed. Business owners can purchase expedited processing for an additional fee.

If you’re in a hurry to form your Nevada business, we offer an expedited filing service. We can handle this for you, and you can avoid the hassle of dealing with Nevada’s expedited filing processes.

Step 2: Reserve your Nevada business’s name

Nevada requires business names to be “distinguishable” from others on file with the Secretary of State. You can ensure your preferred business name is available by performing a business entity search. But what happens if your preferred business name is available and you’re not quite ready to form your business? 

Nevada offers business owners the opportunity to reserve their preferred business name for 90 days. You can complete the reservation online or by mail. If you’d like help with this task, we provide a name reservation service that secures your preferred name and prevents other parties from registering the name for their business.

Step 3: Reserve a “Doing Business As” name in Nevada

Nevada requires businesses to apply for an assumed or fictitious name in certain circumstances. If you intend to operate your business under a name other than the one listed on your formation documents, you need a “doing business as” (DBA) name, referred to as an assumed or fictitious name in Nevada. Then you’re required to file your DBA name with the county clerk in every county where you conduct your business. The Nevada Secretary of State provides a list of county clerk information for purposes of filing a DBA name.

Step 4: Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

The IRS issues employer identification numbers to businesses to easily identify them. An EIN operates like a social security number for your business. An EIN becomes necessary when you want to open a bank account for your business, obtain financing, or hire employees.

You can obtain an EIN from the IRS yourself, or let us handle your EIN number for you.

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

Depending on the type of entity you form, Nevada requires additional filings for your business. Operating agreements lay out the governing procedures of an LLC. Corporate bylaws govern a corporation’s management. Partnership agreements outline the key operating principles of limited partnerships. However, Nevada doesn’t require you to file any of these governing documents with the state.

While none of these documents are required in Nevada, drafting one can protect you and your business in the long run. Having these documents in place for your business can help ensure that the rules and requirements are widely available and understood, which in turn can better prevent infighting later down the road. You can write your own version of these documents on your own for free, which isn’t advisable, or you can hire a lawyer to draft one for you, which can cost more than you’re expecting.

Don’t know where to start? We offer an operating agreement template that allows you to customize your agreement to fit your business.

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

Nevada requires all business entities to purchase a general Nevada business license at the time of formation. The fee for this license is included on the formation document forms. Additionally, federal, state, and local regulations typically mandate additional licenses for businesses based on a number of factors, including:

  • Where the business is located
  • What services the business provides
  • What goods the business sells
  • Whether the business collects sales tax

The number of licenses and permits required to operate a business legally can be overwhelming for business owners, but don’t worry. We offer a business license report service that can take the stress and uncertainty out of the process.

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

“Foreign business” in Nevada means a business formed in another state. If your business was formed elsewhere, you typically need to register your business with Nevada before you can operate in the state. The fees for registering a foreign business can differ from those required for forming a new business in Nevada. The respective registration forms for foreign LLCs and corporations provide the most current filing fees.

Step 8: Check Nevada’s annual report requirements & fees

Nevada calls its annual report an “annual list.” The annual list contains information about who serves in the top-level positions for the business, the location of the principal office, and the name and location of the business’s registered agent. 

Nevada requires both LLCs and corporations to file an annual list with the Nevada Secretary of State. You can file online through Nevada’s SilverFlume business portal or by mail. The form reflects the most up-to-date filing fees.

Filing your annual report each year can be tedious and time-consuming, especially for business owners focusing on getting their business off the ground. We can help you get your annual list filed quickly and efficiently to help you avoid costly mistakes. 

Step 9: Keep your Nevada business legally compliant

Inevitably, information about your business changes as you operate. There are certain changes made to your Nevada LLC or corporation that you need to report to the Secretary of State through a Certificate of Amendment. Specifically, state law permits amendments to the Articles of Incorporation/Organization for changes to: 

  • The name of the corporation/LLC
  • Duties and responsibilities of certain officers/members
  • Classification or number of authorized stock
  • Any other changes or alterations to the Articles of Incorporation/Organization

However, it’s important to note that Nevada requires certain changes to be reflected in ways other than filing a Certificate of Amendment. For example, you can make changes or updates to the registered agent for the entity by filing the Commercial Registered Agent Registration, Change or Termination Statement form, or the Non-Commercial Registered Agent Acceptance or Statement of Change form. 

With our amendment service and Worry-Free Compliance service, which includes two amendments each year, we can help you keep your business’s information up to date with the state.

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Every business created in Nevada has required filings with the Secretary of State, and so do foreign businesses. Failing to comply with the filing requirements or filing documents late can result in negative consequences for your Nevada business.

We can help you avoid costly mistakes and fines with services like our Worry-Free Compliance service that sends alerts to business owners about upcoming filing deadlines.

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 Nevada?

    Yes, there are penalties for late filing and fee payment in Nevada. The penalty amount can depend on how late the filing was, which filing was late, and a number of other factors.

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

    Failure to file and pay requisite fees on time can result in penalty fees and lead to your business losing its good standing status with the state. In extreme cases, the state may administratively dissolve your business.

  • Who receives the fees for forming my Nevada business?

    Fees for forming your Nevada business are paid to the Nevada Secretary of State.

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

    The largest business filing fee you will have to pay is typically for filing the formation documents for your business, especially considering that you have to purchase a Nevada general business license at the time of filing as well.

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

    For filing sent by mail, Nevada allows customers to pay with check, money order, credit card, or trust account. Online filings through Nevada’s SilverFlume online business portal require credit or debit card payments.

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