how to start a texas llc

How to Start a Texas LLC

Texas LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

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

Texas LLC Filing Fees

To start a Texas LLC, you must file a Certificate of Formation with the Texas Secretary of State. The filing fee charged by the TXSOS to file the LLC’s Certificate of Formation is $300 (+$8.10 if you pay with a credit card). You can expedite the filing for an additional $25.

Texas LLC Filing Time

If you file online, the Texas Secretary of State estimates it will take them 1-3 business days to process the filing. If you file the Certificate of Formation via fax or mail, the turnaround time is increased to 5-7 business days from when the TXSOS receives the paperwork.

Texas LLC Compliance Requirements

Every year the LLC must file Public Information Report (PIR) & Franchise Tax Report. These reports are typically filed together (online) and are due annually no later than May 15th. Texas does not charge a filing fee for these annual reports.

Form an LLC in Texas

You can use this checklist to help guide you through the process of forming a Texas 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: Obtain Required Licenses and Permits

Registering a Foreign LLC in Texas

Helpful Tips & Links

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Links

Texas Secretary of State
Texas Secretary of State – Guides and Resources
Texas Comptroller – Sales Tax
Texas Comptroller – Franchise Tax
Texas Comptroller – WebFile
Request Certificate of Good Standing
Texas Business Licenses
Small Business Administration (Texas Info)
Texas Wide Open For Business
Online EIN Application (for the LLC’s Federal Tax ID)
USPTO (Federal) Trademark Search