Each state has different requirements for forming a limited liability company (LLC). Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you'll want to understand the state requirements for LLC formation.
Cost to form a Texas LLC
At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the Texas state fees. When you view our pricing to form an LLC you plainly see:
BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Texas with standard turn-around.
Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
24-hour turn-around. Texas has a 24-hour filing option, which is outlined in our pricing.
Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Certificate of Formation.
The name of the LLC must end with "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," "Ltd. Co.," "LC," "LLC" or "L.L.C." Symbols cannot be used in the name. Names submitted with superscript letters or numbers or subscript letters or numbers will not appear in that format in the official company name. (For example, H 2 0 would appear as H20.) The name may not contain the word "Lottery." The name must not imply a purpose other than that stated in the Certificate of Formation. It may not be the same as or deceptively similar to the name of any domestic or foreign LLC or reserved or registered name. However, a name already in use may be used if the LLC gets written consent from the existing name holder. Use of words tied to education (such as but not limited to "College," "School" and "Seminary" cannot be used without approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Use of words such as "Bank," "Trust" and those implying ties to Veterans ("Veterans," "War," etc.) also require approvals prior to use.
The following are Texas’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:
Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
Residence requirements. Texas does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
Age requirements. Texas does not have age requirements.
Inclusion in the Certificate of Formation. Member/Manager names and addresses are required to be listed in the Certificate of Formation.
Requirements for the Certificate of Formation
The document required to form an LLC in Texas is called the Articles of Organization. The information required in the formation document varies by state. The Texas requirements include:
Registered agent. LLCs must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Texas. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
After forming a limited liability company (LLC), you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability an LLC provides its owner(s). This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for Texas LLCs.
Texas LLC taxes and fees
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Texas LLCs:
Annual report and franchise tax. Texas requires LLCs to file a Franchise Tax and Public Information Report with the Comptroller of Public Accounts. The report is due between January 1 and May 15. The fee is calculated based on taxable margin.