Iowa LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

General Overview of the Iowa LLC

This article is meant to be a general overview of the process to form an LLC in Iowa and other basic issues related to LLCs.

Iowa Filing Fees

The Iowa filing fee for the Certificate of Organization (to create an Iowa LLC) is $50.00.

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Iowa Filing Time

Regular processing time generally takes 4 to 5 business days depending on the workload. If requested and at no additional cost, expedited processing reduces the turnaround time to one day, depending on the current workload.

Iowa Annual Compliance Requirements

An Iowa LLC is required to file a biennial report every two years. You may file the biennial report online or by mail. The first biennial report is due between January 1st and April 1st of the first odd-numbered year following the calendar year the LLC was formed. Each subsequent biennial report is due between January 1st and April 1st of each following odd-numbered calendar year. The Secretary of State will send a reminder notification before the report is due. The current filing fee is $30.00 to file online and $45.00 for paper filing.

Form an LLC in Iowa

You can use this checklist to help guide you through the process of forming an Iowa LLC:

Step 1: Decide on a Business Name

Step 2: Register your LLC with the State

Step 3: Create and Sign the LLC's Governing Document

Step 4: Get an EIN

Step 5: Get Licenses and Permits

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