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It can be a challenge to decide which service provider you should use to form your Texas LLC. We offer affordable and efficient solutions for Texas company formation in just a few minutes. With our Texas LLC filing service, your company can be formed quickly and easily, and at a price that suits your budget. Our process is straightforward, no matter the size of the company.
Our Texas LLC formation service is designed to save you time and money while giving you the quality you deserve. You’ll also get fast turnaround times and personal customer service from specialists who know what they’re talking about. We want to be your go-to for all of your business needs.
You may have a fantastic business idea and a limited liability company is one way to formalize things and ensure you’re protected from potential tax and legal issues. By incorporating a Texas LLC there is less paperwork and it may cost less to maintain than a corporation. This type of business entity is a great option for single-owner businesses.
With a Texas LLC, you can start organizing your business and begin servicing clients and customers quickly. Many Texas LLCs are set up as the first step in incubating a new idea; regardless of when you get started, this type of company setup is often chosen by small business startups.
Follow the steps below to establish your Texas LLC. Or take advantage of our online LLC filing service to save time and have your paperwork filed for you.
To choose the perfect business name, make sure that it tells consumers what you sell, is easy to find, and doesn’t clash with someone else’s business name. This can help avoid legal and tax problems. When you’re considering a name for your business, be sure to research it on major search sites. This is to ensure that a duplicate of the name for another business doesn’t appear in the results. In case your first choice is unavailable, it’s good to have some alternative ideas.
Before using your business name on the internet, you should do a trademark search with the USPTO to avoid any issues. If you don’t find any errors on their site and your business name isn’t already taken, then it should be available for use in Texas. Registering your business name and logo with the USPTO and Texas Secretary of State will protect your business name and prevent other businesses from using it.
In the State of Texas, company names are also regulated. For example, your company name must not be identical to an existing LLC, cannot include certain words, and should be unique from all other LLCs in the state. There are many industries that require forming a legal entity, including Finance, Medicine, and Law. For example, in Texas Professional Corporation or PC formation.
Naming your business is extremely important, but don’t forget about your online name! A majority of businesses find it helpful to have a website to keep customers informed on their products, news, and events. There’s always been a lot of competition in the domain name market, and you can pick up domain names for just a few dollars per year. So it’s wise to grab them before someone else tries to come and sell them to you. Read more on Texas LLC name requirements.
Anyone who is over the age of 18 and has a Texas physical address can be a Registered Agent for your company. All Texas LLCs need a designated Registered Agent to accept legal documents and official government correspondence. As the address of your LLC is public record, a professional Registered Agent will manage all mail and packages at their office and prevent junk mail from coming to your home. You can have important mail forwarded to you, and you don’t have to pay fees or update forms if you move.
Filing the Articles of Organization makes your Texas LLC official with the state. Your application and fees will be processed and you’ll be notified when the company has been formed. Applications are processed online and by mail. Mail-in applications take longer to process, but you can request expedited processing for an additional fee. Also note that among other states, Texas is very busy with LLC filings at the beginning of each year, so turnaround times can take longer than usual.
The Articles of Organization for your Texas LLC must be filed before you can file the initial Public Information Report. Once organization paperwork is complete, your new LLC will need to file the initial information report before May 15th of the year after your LLC was formed.
We can file your Texas LLC formation paperwork to ensure accurate filing and the quickest turnaround. All your documents will be uploaded to your Account Dashboard, which you can access anytime.
If your application for a Texas LLC has spelling errors, an improper business name, or missing items, it cannot be processed by the state. Submitting a form with these problems will cause delays in forming your company. Taking the time to complete the forms correctly will help to get your Texas LLC formed as quickly as possible. Performing the name check search before completing forms will also prevent unnecessary delays.
After your formation documents have been filed with the CA Secretary of State LLC Division, you’ll need to organize your business by having an organizational meeting to collect member contributions, issue member certificates, and form an Operating Agreement that will define how your business will run, be funded, managed, sold, transferred, dissolved, etc. Unlike many states, Texas law requires your LLC to have an official operating agreement. You’re not required to file it, but you should keep it handy in your company files. The operating agreement serves as the governing guide for your business.
Now that you have established your LLC in Texas and organized your business, you can apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the IRS. An 802.3 LLC Employment Identification Number (EIN) is similar to a social security number in that it’s an identifier for a sole proprietorship or partnership with employees, as well as certain companies. You’ll need an EIN if you’re hiring employees and may need one if you’re opening your LLC business bank account. The turnaround time for faxed or mailed EIN applications can take weeks or even months during peak seasons.
Typically, a single member LLC can apply for a business bank account once the filed formation documents are received. If you have employees, banks may require that you submit your EIN along with your application. Most banks require the following documents to open a business bank account in the US.
Business and personal finances and assets should always be kept separate. Starting your business bank account right away creates a clean track record of your business accounts and prevents tax and legal problems in the future.
When it’s time to access your business bank account, check out MyCompanyWorks Banking Partners – they’ll make sure that applying and opening the account is a breeze. They know the specific needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses and can point you to banks that suit your company’s needs.
Congratulations! If you followed the 5 steps to form a Texas LLC, you have successfully registered your business and filed all necessary documents with the state. You have met all the initial requirements to start a business. Scheduling recurring tasks like bill payments and tax filings will make running your business a simple process. There are tons of business software and tools to make managing your business easier. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our My Company Manager spreadsheet. You can download a copy to manage your business all in one place.
Texas requires an Annual Franchise Tax report, even if there’s no tax due. Unless you generate over $2.3 million, you’ll just file the No Tax Due report to maintain compliance with the state. Whether or not you owe the franchise tax, annual reports must be filed no later than May 15th of each year. According to the Texas Comptroller site, if the filing date falls on a weekend, the due date is the next business day.
NOTE: Qualifying veteran-owned Texas LLCs formed between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2025, are not subject to franchise tax for the first 5 years of business operation. You must still file the Texas Franchise Tax No Tax Due Report.
Keep track of all your ongoing business documents in your MyCompanyWorks dashboard. The Dashboard’s 100% free lifetime access is available when you form a Texas LLC with MyCompanyWorks.
Some of the benefits of forming a Texas LLC include:
The only costs associated with Texas LLC compliance are for any franchise tax you owe, and the licenses and permits required to maintain your specific business.
We recommend renewing your business licenses and permits prior to due dates to prevent penalties and late fees. Texas tax agencies can tell you when the next renewal period starts and how much it will cost.
Franchise tax is due annually and is reported on a Texas Franchise Tax Report or when you e-file online. Payments are made to the Texas State Comptroller.
Texas businesses that sell products must collect and forward sales tax to the state. If you collect the proper tax amount, you should just be able to report and turn in the tax collected without additional fees. The Comptroller determines if you’ll have to file monthly or quarterly sales tax returns when you form your LLC.
Texas employers need to plan for their State Employee Withholding Tax and Unemployment Insurance Tax which can vary.
The average turnaround time for forming a Texas LLC is about five to seven business days once you have everything in order. The peak season near the beginning of the year can cause a backlog that extends lead times. You can save yourself time by filing your company documents in person and paying an expedite fee to have your forms processed sooner. All fees are visible on our Texas LLC order form.
If your Texas LLC is looking for a tax strategy, you should consider consulting a professional accountant or lawyer. You can change tax structures down the road, but it’s much easier and costs less to pick the right structure when you form your LLC.
Texas does not issue general business licenses from the state, but certain professions are required to be licensed to do business in industries like medicine, engineering, accounting, and law. You can check with your local government entity for business licensing requirements. Order your business license through our online filing service.
Texas is the only state in the US that does not require workers’ compensation insurance from private employers. Other insurance policies, such as General Liability or Business Owner policies can run from a few hundred to several thousands of dollars each year, depending on the type of business you’re conducting. Even if insurance isn’t required, it’s a good idea to consider the following insurance types and consult with insurance professionals for expert advice.
IMPORTANT: If you’re processing payments online, it’s critical to protect sensitive customer information. Read the Security Standards Council’s guide to PCI compliance for more information.
Unless your Operating Agreement has specific instructions, you’ll have to hold a vote and update your Public Information Report with the Texas Comptroller’s Office to add or remove a member from your LLC. If a member wants to leave, they can submit in writing their resignation and are entitled to some of the profits and assets. If the withdrawing member is the LLC’s responsible party, they need to notify the IRS (within 60 days) of the change.
Before a Texas LLC can be dissolved, all members must vote and agree to the dissolution. To terminate your Texas LLC, you’ll need to document the meeting minutes or draw up a resolution and note the outcome of the vote – it can be unanimous, 50% in favor or anything else so long as at least half of the members agree. Texas LLCs are required to submit a Certificate of Account Status from the Comptroller of Public Accounts must be filed with the Secretary of State to prove all taxes are paid under the Texas tax code. The Secretary of State will not dissolve a Texas LLC without this completed form. The cost to dissolve your Texas LLC is $40 if you file yourself. Instructions and requirements are included with the dissolution form.
All public information reports must be filed with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Failing to file in a timely manner can lead to penalties and may make it difficult to do business in the Lone Star State. It’s important to submit these forms prior to due dates to keep your business in good standing.
The Texas Public Information Report is actually a state tax filing, so we cannot file these forms for you. Our tax partners can file your tax forms and also offer helpful business advice.
You can form as many new Texas LLCs as you need. In addition to individuals, any legal entity type may own a Limited Liability Company. Some LLCs are set up as parent companies that own other LLCs. This means they can maximize the protection of assets from lawsuits and other tax issues. It may sound like a big hassle, but they can help save you lots of money in the long run. Managing a separate bank account for each LLC will simplify your reporting processes at tax time.
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