Steps to Pay Your Utah Filing Fees
- Pay your Utah business’s initial filing fees
- Reserve your Utah business’s name
- Reserve a “doing business as” name in Utah
- Obtain an Employer Identification Number
- Draft an operating agreement, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreement for your Utah business
- Apply for your Utah business’s necessary licenses and permits
- Pay registration fees for out-of-state businesses
- Check Utah’s annual report requirements & fees
- Keep your Utah business legally compliant
An important part of starting your own Utah business is filing the right form and paying the fee to go along with it. But throughout the life of your business, the Utah filing fees you’ll pay depend on the type of business you form, such as a corporation or limited liability company (LLC), as well as many other fees that can apply to all business types. If this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry, we’re here to help. If you need to form your company, use our LLC formation or corporation formation service.
Read on to learn more about what kinds of filing fees you may face as a Utah business owner as well as the services we offer to maintain your state compliance.
Step 1: Pay your Utah business’s initial filing fees
To register your business in the state, you’ll file formation documents and pay Utah formation fees to the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code in the Utah Department of Commerce. The documents you’ll need to file include:
- Articles of Incorporation to form a corporation
- Certificate of Organization to form an LLC
If you file online using OneStop Business Registration, the Division will complete your registration within 24 hours. You’ll also be connected to the Utah State Tax Commission, Utah Department of Workforce Services, and many local government agencies. Conversely, you may file by mail, fax, or in-person at the Division’s office in Salt Lake City. The Division can take seven days to process paper filings, but you can apply for expedited processing for an additional fee. If you need help with filing, our business formation experts can help you file quickly and accurately when you use our expedited filing service.
Step 2: Reserve your Utah business’s name
When you’ve decided on your business name, you can file to reserve your exclusive use of that name. The Division will reserve your name for 120 days if it’s “distinguishable” from other registered business names. You can use the Business Search to determine if your name is available. You can file a renewal Application for Reservation to extend the reservation for another 120 days if you need to. While you’re getting your business ready to open, our business name reservation Service can take care of the reservation process for you. Our service includes a search to check that your name is available.
Step 3: Reserve a “doing business as” name in Utah
If your business operates using a name other than its legal, registered name, you’ll need to register a “doing business as” or “assumed” name. Assumed name registration is valid for three years. You can file online, by mail, by fax, or in person.
Sole proprietorships and general partnerships can benefit from registering an assumed name because you can use a name for your business other than your personal name. Other businesses can benefit from registration if they use an abbreviation or shortened version of their legal name. You can also register an assumed name if you want to differentiate new products and services. In addition, if your chosen domain name isn’t available, you can register an assumed name to match your website. Our domain name service can help you claim your domain name today.
Step 4: Obtain an Employer Identification Number
You’ll need a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) before you can register your business with Utah’s Department of Commerce. You’ll need your EIN to pay federal taxes and report federal income tax withholding for your employees. You’ll also need to register with the Utah State Tax Commission to report wage withholding to the state.
The IRS issues EINs for free. If you want to avoid the additional paperwork, our EIN service can take care of the EIN application for you.
Step 5: Draft an operating agreement, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreement for your Utah business
Utah doesn’t have specific filing requirements for operating agreements, corporate bylaws, or partnership agreements. Regardless of legal requirements, these documents are essential because they set the rules for running the business. They state how the business will make operating decisions, allocate profits and losses, and resolve ownership disputes.
You can write your own governing documents, but this isn’t advisable because what you write affects the business’s future. You can hire an attorney, but this can be expensive. To save on costs while planning for the future of your LLC, you can use our LLC operating agreement template. Our template will provide you with expert guidance and the freedom to customize the agreement for your business.
Step 6: Apply for your Utah business’s necessary licenses and permits
When you register your new business in Utah, you’ll need to apply for federal, state, and local licenses. You’ll need to look for industry- and location-specific licenses, such as agriculture or professional licenses and zoning or environmental permits. You’ll also need a general business license from the municipality in which your business will be located. Each business location where you operate will need a separate license.
There isn’t one place that will tell you all the licenses your business needs. Our partnership with Business Licenses, LLC, can simplify your search with a business license report. Sign up for a Business License Report and Business Licenses, LLC, will search the requirements for your industry, location, and activities. They’ll deliver a single, easy report with a rundown of your licensing, tax, and registration needs at every level of government.
Step 7: Pay registration fees for out-of-state businesses
If your business is registered in another state and wants to do business in Utah, it must register as a “foreign” business. To register, you’ll file a Certificate of Authorization for a foreign corporation or LLC. If you conduct business in Utah without registering, you’ll pay a civil penalty for each day you operate without authorization. Foreign businesses planning to register in Utah can file an Application for Registration of Corporate Name. Name registration reserves your name in Utah and lasts until the end of the calendar year.
If your Utah business wants to register to conduct business in another state, you can request a Certificate of Good Standing. You’ll deliver the Certificate with your application to the new state. The Certificate shows the business has complied with all state requirements, including registration and taxes. Use our certificate of good standing service, and obtain your Certificate.
Step 8: Check Utah’s annual report requirements & fees
Every Utah corporation and LLC needs to renew its registration by filing an annual report with the Division. The fees and due dates vary by business type. The Division will send an annual report form to all registered companies. You’ll need to return the form within two months of its delivery.
If you fail to file an annual report, the state can administratively dissolve your business. You’ll face fines and penalties before you can continue the business. To stay up to date on the annual filings and fees, use our annual report service, and we’ll help you keep track of and fulfill your obligations.
Step 9: Keep your Utah business legally compliant
In the course of business, you may make changes, like changing a registered agent, principal office location, or business name. If you’re a corporation, you’ll need to notify the state of a stock change. You’ll need to file an amendment with the Division to keep your registration current when you make changes.
It’s a lot of work to stay in good standing with the state. Luckily, we’re here to help. With our worry-free compliance service, we keep track of your compliance obligations and we handle two amendments for you per year. With our amendment filing service, we file amendments to your Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation for you.
Let us help you stay up to date with Utah business filing fees
Our many business formation and compliance services can make staying on top of your Utah filing fees easy. Don’t waste valuable time away from running your business. Let our experts keep track of the paperwork and deadlines for you.
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.
- Are there penalties for paying my fees late in Utah?
Yes — if you don’t file your annual report and pay the fees, the government can administratively dissolve your corporation, LLC, or LP.
- Who receives the fees for forming my Utah business?
You pay Utah formation fees to the various departments of the Department of Commerce, such as the Division of Corporations or the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
- What is usually the biggest fee I will pay when I form my Utah business?
The fees you’ll pay to form a Utah business will depend on the type of business you want to form, the business activities you engage in, and the location where you’ll operate. Ordinarily, the biggest fee you’ll encounter is the initial filing fee to register your business with the Division.
- What payment methods can I use to pay my LLC or corporation filing fees to the Utah government?
Utah’s OneStop Business Registration System accepts Visa, MasterCard, and electronic checks.