How to Start a Tennessee LLC

Tennessee LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

This article is meant to be a general overview of the Tennessee LLC formation process; including information about how to start a Tennessee LLC and other basic issues related to Tennessee LLCs.

Tennessee LLC Filing Fees

The Tennessee filing fee for the Articles of Organization (to create an Tennessee LLC) is $50.00 per member in existence at the time of filing, with a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $3,000.

Tennessee Filing Time

Regular processing time generally takes at least one business day.

Tennessee Annual Compliance Requirements

Tennessee LLCs are required to file annual reports. You can file your annual report online. The cost to file your annual report is $300, plus service fees for filing online. You can view videos on how to file your annual report on the Tennessee’s Secretary of State website

See videos on how to file your annual report

Your business may also be subject to Tennessee business tax. Generally, if you conduct business within any county and/or incorporated municipality in Tennessee, then you should register for and remit business tax. Business tax consists of two separate taxes: the state business tax and the city business tax.

See more info about Business Tax

Form an LLC in Tennessee

You can use this checklist to help guide you through the process of forming a Tennessee 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

Registering a Foreign LLC in Tennessee