Wisconsin LLC Requirements

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 Wisconsin LLC

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Organization.

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LLC Name

The LLC name must end with "Limited Liability Company," "LLC" or "L.L.C." The word "Bank" and variations cannot be used, and use of the word "Cooperative" is restricted. The name may not contain language stating or implying the LLC is organized for a purpose other than as permitted in its Articles of Organization. It must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from other LLCs, corporations and other business entities authorized to use the name in the state.

Member/Manager information

The following are Wisconsin’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:

  • Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
  • Residence requirements. Wisconsin does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
  • Age requirements. Wisconsin does not have age requirements.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Organization. Member/Manager names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.

Requirements for the Articles of Organization

The document required to form an LLC in Wisconsin is called the Articles of Organization. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Wisconsin's requirements include:

  • Registered agent. LLCs must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Wisconsin. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Wisconsin Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

Wisconsin does not allow professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC).

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 Wisconsin LLCs.

LLC taxes and fees

The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Wisconsin LLCs:

  • Annual report. Wisconsin requires LLCs to file an annual report during the calendar quarter in which the anniversary of the LLC’s incorporation falls. The filing fee is $40.
  • Taxes. For complete details on state taxes for Wisconsin LLCs, visit Business Owner's Toolkit or the State of Wisconsin .
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for LLCs that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. Wisconsin does not require a state tax identification number.

Business licenses

Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.

Additional Wisconsin information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Wisconsin:

State Guides

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