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articles of organization in order to form your LLC the articles of organization must be filed with a division of corporations the articles of organization are the LLC formation documents and once approved by the division they create your LLC by state statute your desired LLC name must be available for use please make sure you have watched the name research video in Lesson one you will need to provide the state with your principal office address as well as a mailing address it is common that both addresses are the same you are not allowed to use a Pio box for your principal office address but you can use a Pio box for your mailing address the principal office address can be considered your main business address you can use the mailing address if you would like your business mail sent elsewhere again it is common that both addresses will be the same neither of these addresses have to be Florida addresses in Florida a registered agent must be appointed for your LLC a registered agent must have a business address located in the state of Florida a registered agent serves as a point of contact in case legal papers need to be sent to your LLC and the state has been unsuccessful in contacting you or your LLC considered an emergency contact all business mail and tax related documents will still be sent to your mailing address a registered agent can either be an individual person or an entity such as an LLC a corporation or another company furthermore a registered agent can be yourself or it can be someone you know you must have them agreed to be your registered agent as they will need to sign the articles of organization if you do not have a Florida address and you do not know anyone in the state who can act as your LLC's agent you can hire the services of a commercial registered agent typical annual fees range from 100 to 130 dollars per year there is a link below this video to Northwest registered agent they come highly recommended and have been in the business for 15 years they also provide a registered agent services in all 50 states to form your Florida LLC you will need to send in your articles of organization along with your filing fee the filing fee is 125 dollars the $125 fee must be made payable to Florida Department of State the state will accept check money order or cashier's check any form of personal or business check is okay and the address on the check does not have to be in Florida when filing your articles of organization it is optional to obtain a certified copy as well as a certificate of status a certified copy is $30 and a certificate of status is $5 a certified copy of the articles of organization is a certificate with a watermark and state seal it has a copy of the articles of organization along with it in States I certified the attached is a true and correct copy of the articles of organization for XYZ LLC a Florida limited liability company filed on such and such date as shown by records of this office a certificate of status is also known as a certificate of good standing or a certificate of authority it is a document with a state seal and a watermark which provides evidence that your LLC has been properly registered with the state of Florida many times when opening a bank account obtaining business licenses or dealing with certain institutions it will be requested of you to provide a certified copy of your articles of organization and/or your certificate of status if money is an issue you can simply file the articles of organization now and then wait until either document is requested both the certified copy and the certificate of status can be obtained after your initial filing there are two additional videos below this which will walk you through those steps if you choose to wait until after you file your articles of organization Florida requires all LLC's to file what is known as an annual report in order to maintain active status the annual report is due every year and must be filed between January 1st and May 1st if your annual report is not submitted by May 1st there is a non-negotiable late fee of $400 your LLC's first annual report will be due between January 1st and May 1st of the calendar year following the year of formation for example if your LLC is formed on April 1st 2010 your first annual report will be due between January 1st and May 1st of 2011 the purpose of the annual report is to keep your business records updated with the division of corporations you are allowed to include changes of membership such as new members address changes etc changes in registered agent and changes of the business and/or mailing address the annual report will not allow for you to change the name of your LLC if you wish to change your LLC name you will need to file what is known as an amendment even if there are no changes to your LLC you are still required to file the annual report each year the annual report can only be filed online and the fee is $138 and 75 cents payment options are via debit or credit card when you file your articles of organization you will use an email address on your cover letter sometime between January 1st and May 1st the division of corporations will send you a courtesy email reminder to file your annual report we also recommend putting it on your calendar because even if you don't receive the reminder you still need to file your annual report failure to file your annual report will result in the administrative dissolution or revocation of your LLC simply put they will shut down your LLC if you don't file the annual report once the annual report is filed you can then log into the division of corporations website and print out a copy this typically takes 24 to 48 hours some things to have ready prior to filing your articles of organization are the address of your LLC the name and address of your LLC's registered agent remember this can be yourself someone you know or a commercial registered agent the only requirement is that their address must be in the state of Florida and whether or not you would like to order a certified copy and/or a certificate of status along with your filing we will go into details on all the above in just a few minutes a letter of acknowledgement will be mailed to you at no charge once your LLC filing is approved this is the initial correspondence from the state telling you that the LLC has been registered and that you may now conduct business as the LLC typical turnaround time for LLC approval is five to ten business days until that point do not order your EIN register any domain names or start to use your LLC name until you receive approval from the state if there are any errors with your filing or if your desired LLC name is not available for use the state will simply send back your documentation along with instructions on what needs to be corrected if anything in this presentation sounded confusing do not worry we will go through the steps in detail you can download the articles of organization below this video let's get started and fill out the articles of organization here we are inside the articles of organization this is a five page document pages 1 & 2 hav
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- Janna Barksdale, Staff Member
hey folks what's happenin Matt Horwitz LLC University calm I have some notes here we're going to be talking about LLC filing fees by state this is on a table but I'm just gonna put it in video format as it might be helpful for some people so let's get started this is the so LLC filing fees range between 50 and 500 dollars it is state specific if you're not sure which state you should form your LLC in you should form it in your home state this is the case for ninety nine ninety eight percent of people there's another video on our channel where we talk in depth about this the average cost of file in LLC in the United States is currently a hundred and thirty six dollars and you ready for some rapid fire stuff so Alabama 183 Alaska 250 Arizona 50 Arkansas 50 California 70 Colorado 50 Connecticut 160 Delaware 90 DC 220 Florida 125 Georgia 100 Hawaii 50 Idaho 100 Illinois 505 although they are talking about reducing that fee so that may change Indiana 90 Iowa 50 Kansas 165 Kentucky 90 Louisiana 100 Maine 175 Maryland 100 Massachusetts 500 l CH Massachusetts in Illinois those 500 boys Massachusetts also as a pain in the ass cuz their annual renewal fee is $500 more on that in a second expensive stayed up there Michigan 50 good one Minnesota 160 Mississippi 50 those 50 guys are just lucky aren't they Missouri 105 Montana 70 Nebraska 105 Nevada 75 New Hampshire 100 New Jersey 125 New Mexico 50 New York 200 New York also has a PNAS publishing requirement we do have a video it's not made yet it might be made by the time you're watching this anyway that New York publication requirement can cost people here between five hundred to a thousand dollars and we can show you how to save that money the pre advanced publication strategy kind of Lou Oh anyway more on that later North Dakota 135 Ohio recently reduced to 99 Oklahoma 100 Oregon 100 Oregon Oregon Pennsylvania 125 my home state Rhode Island 150 South Carolina 110 South Dakota 150 Tennessee Texas those are the 300s again Tennessee 300 Texas 300 Utah 70 Vermont 125 Virginia 100 Washington 180 West Virginia 100 Wisconsin 130 Wyoming 100 Washington DC 220 I already had that a list at night yeah I guess it appears twice by accident so I'm probably not going to make this video like every single year this video would be made of mid-2016 have all this information as a full table on our website find the link around or below this video to check updated filing fees we do up that to update that table on a regular basis now besides your state filing fees most states also have what's called an annual report it has other names such as annual registration fee periodic report by any report decennial report bunch of different names there's a link it should be in the description box we also have another video that goes in-depth there again if you want to check the updated filing fees click through to the table to get the most up-to-date stuff if you're watching this in the future hello future people all right hope this video is helpful for you I will talk to you soon take care bye bye you
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- Janna Barksdale
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