Florida is often included in the lists of cheapest places to do certain types of business. While a lot of LLC fees in Florida are lower than in a good number of states, they still have to be paid correctly and on time.
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The baseline cost is $125. This total comprises two main types of payments—the state filing fee and the one you pay for your registered agent appointment. So technically you pay $100 + $25 to get a neat total in a single payment.
It doesn’t take long for an LLC to be approved in Florida. Online filings are typically processed within 1-2 business days, while mail submissions may take up to 4 weeks. More information about setting up a Florida LLC is available in our detailed guide.
An important part of Florida LLC filing fees is the mandatory annual reporting:
Professional providers may charge between $35 and $299 per year. An average agency typically costs about $99/yr. The fluctuation in agent prices often makes it harder to estimate total expenses beyond the baseline.
The average agency cost to register LLC in Florida is about $49-$89 upfront and $99/yr for the agent. You can learn more about your Florida registered agent options in our overview.
Unlike some states, Florida doesn’t increase the cost for foreign formations. Bringing in another company out of state also costs $125. This is the price to file your authorization to operate in the state.
Professional service providers can legally form PLLCs. It costs $125 to submit the application since you’ll be using the same registration form. The difference is only in the details that you’ll need to put in the description of your company (purpose, types of services, etc.)
The LLC structure is typically exempt from income tax on the entity level, so only the members individually will be subject to income taxes by reporting them on personal returns.
However, Florida has no individual income tax which applies to company members, meaning they don’t need to pay income tax. Note that Florida still imposes the following taxes:
This may be a common expense, but an LLC does not need a business license in Florida in the general sense. That said, your business may still require other forms of licensing in order to operate in certain industries and provide professional services.
Florida LLC renewal fee for licenses varies based on the industry, ranging from zero to several hundred dollars per license. These licenses are either issued only once, or they will need to be renewed each year.
If an LLC elects a corporate tax system, it will be required to pay the Florida franchise tax at the rate of 5.5% using Florida Form F-1120. While technically not part of the initial Florida corporation filing fees, this is a significant addition to the overall cost.
A few rules to keep in mind:
The main fees include:
|Filing fee (Domestic and Foreign)||$125|
|Annual reports with late penalty||$538.75|
|Certificate of Status||$5|
|Annual report amendments||$50|
Filing costs may also include additional non-mandatory expenses described below.
The filing of the reservation form costs $25 per name. If you want to hold onto your name before the formation, simply submit the form to the Division of Corporations. The state will hold it for up to 120 days.
Registering a fictitious name costs $50 per filing. You can submit the form online or send it to the:
Fictitious Name Registration
PO Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314-1300
Note that having a fictitious name doesn’t protect other companies from using a similar one.
Getting a certified copy will cost you $30 per document. These types of Florida Secretary of State filing fees can be paid online when you submit your order through their portal.
To obtain the official document that proves your entity’s active/compliant status, you can request the certificate of status (or of “good standing”) from the state.
It can be done online and cost $5. There is also an option to add this service on top of your certified copy request, though in this case, the price will double to $10.