How much does it cost to form a Texas LLC?

How much does it cost to form a Texas LLC?

The cost to form a Texas LLC is $300 if you do it yourself. This $300 filing fee is what the Secretary of State charges to register a Texas LLC.

Our Service Fee

We charge $400 (+ the state filing fee) to form a Texas LLC. Our flat fee includes the following: (a) attorney consultation; (b) a preliminary name availability search; (c) preparation of the Certificate of Formation (aka Articles of Organization); (d) filing the Certificate of Formation via SOSDirect; (e) customized Company Agreement; (f) Organizational Meeting with a banking resolution; (g) the Membership Transfer Ledger; and (h) an 11-page instructional/guidance letter that includes all kinds of good information about using an LLC.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The best way to determine if the Texas Secretary of State will approve a new LLC name is to perform a name available search. If you have a SOSDirect account, you can pay $1 per name availability search. If you do not have a SOSDirect account, you can call the state's name availability hotline (512-463-5555) and have them search for you (no charge).

Does it cost extra to expedite the formation of an LLC in Texas?

The Secretary of State charges $25 to expedite the processing of documents submitted by fax, mail, or hand-delivery. Online submissions are automatically expedited at no extra cost.

Is it possible to have the state filing fee waived?

The $300 state filing fee is required. However, if the LLC is veteran-owned, the state will waive the filing fee.

How much does it cost to renew a Texas LLC?

Unlike most states, there are no renewal or annual fees associated with a Texas LLC. However, every Texas LLC must file an annual report with the Texas Comptroller no later than May 15th each year. There is no filing fee for the annual report. Read more about the annual costs for a Texas LLC.

What is the cost to correct a mistake?

The state charges $15 for a Certificate of Correction (Form 403). A Certificate of Correction is only viable to correct inaccuracies, errors or defects. The state will often allow a Certificate of Correction to be used if it is filed soon after the erroneous document was submitted.

What is the cost to amend the Certificate of Formation?

A Certificate of Amendment (Form 424) has a filing fee of $150. A Certificate of Amendment can be used to modify, supplement or delete information found in the Certificate of Formation.

What does it cost to change registered agents?

There is a $15 filing fee to file a Statement of Change of Registered Agent (Form 401).

What does it cost to change an LLC's address?

It depends on who needs to be updated. For instructions on how to change an LLC's address, read this detailed article.

What does it cost to reserve a business name in Texas?

If you discover the perfect LLC name but are not ready to form the LLC, you can reserve the name for up to 120 days by filing an Application for Reservation of an Entity Name (Form 501) and paying the $40 filing fee to the Secretary of State.

How is LLC formation paperwork submitted to the state?

There are four ways to submit a Certificate of Formation in Texas (listed in order of processing speed):

Filing MethodCost
SOS Direct$300 + $8.10 (2.7% convenience fee)
SOS Upload$300 + $8.10 (2.7% convenience fee)
Mail/Fax Expedited$300 + $25 expediting fee
Mail/Fax $300
Due to the quick processing times, all of our client's LLCs are submitted via SOS Direct. You can read more about processing times in our article: How long does it take to form a Texas LLC?

How much does it cost to apply for an LLC's EIN?

An EIN (aka federal tax ID) is required to open an LLC bank account. You can fax file an EIN Application (IRS Form SS4), but most LLCs will apply for and receive an EIN via the IRS's online EIN Application. The EIN Application is free to file.

We can provide customized, step-by-step instructions on how to submit the EIN Application online (at no charge) or obtain it for you for $75.

How much does a professional registered agent charge?

The annual fee for a professional registered agent ranges from less than $50 to more than $350 per year. Most LLCs do not need a professional registered agent as one of the members will serve in that role. Learn more about professional registered agents and see if you should hire one.

Does a Texas LLC have to pay franchise taxes?

Only big businesses have to pay franchise taxes in Texas. An LLC that makes more than the franchise tax threshold will pay Texas franchise tax. The threshold is $2.47MM in revenue as ofthe writing of this article).

Does a Texas LLC have to pay state taxes?

Other than the Texas franchise tax described above and sales tax (if the LLC sells taxable goods or services), there are no state taxes levied on an LLC in Texas.

How much does it cost to register a Foreign LLC in Texas?

An LLC formed in another state that does business in Texas must register in Texas as a "Foreign LLC." The filing fee for the Application to Register Foreign LLC in Texas is $750 (+2.7% convenience fee if paid with a credit card). If you'd like for us to register an existing foreign LLC in Texas, we charge a service fee of $100 (+ the filing and convenience fees).

Does a Texas LLC have to publish a notice of formation?

No. Only 3 states have publication requirements for LLCs: Arizona, Nebraska, and New York.

Zachary Copp, Esq.

Attorney at Copp Law Firm, PC

Mr. Copp is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the founder of the Copp Law Firm. He has been licensed in Texas for 20 years and has personally formed over 3,500 Texas LLCs since 2015. He was recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers® for seven straight years. See full bio →