How to form an LLC in Texas:
You form Texas LLCs by filing a certificate of formation with the TX SOS.
What is required to file Texas LLC Certificate of Formation?
To form an LLC in Texas, you file a certificate of formation. The LLC certificate of formation cost $300, payable to the Texas Secretary of State. Your LLC articles can be basic or complicated. We custom draft the certificate of formation for your Texas LLC when you hire Northwest to do your registration, but if you'd like to save some money, you could just hire us as your TX registered agent, and then we supply you with all the correct forms to file along with filing instructions in your online account immediately. The basic requirements are:
- The business name must have a limited liability company ending or variation of it.
- New Texas LLCs name must be different than already registered Texas companies.
- The duration of the Texas LLC is perpetual unless you state otherwise.
- The purpose of the Texas limited liability company is general unless you state otherwise.
- The Texas registered agent and the physical address.
- If the limited liability company will have managers, list their names and addresses. If the LLC will not have managers, list the names and addresses of the initial members.
- The Texas organizer’s name, address, and signature.
- The effective date of formation.
Texas does not require original signatures on filings. The registered Texas LLC paperwork will be mailed to address on the filing.
What's the actual process to start a Texas LLC?
- Texas LLC registration is started when you file the certificate of formation for a Texas LLC with the Secretary of State.
- You’ll get an initial statement of information request back with your confirmation copy of your TX LLC. You must send this in within 90 days or your new LLC will immediately get dissolved.
- You obtain a federal tax ID number with the IRS after you have confirmation from Texas that the LLC is completely filed.
- You should be able to open a LLC banking account with these two items.
- You register your Texas LLC with the Comptroller of Public Accounts or Workforce Commission if you're going to have employees, pay franchise tax or withhold sales tax.
- You obtain a trade license, if you actually need one. (Most businesses don't.)
- You obtain a local city or county general license, if you need one.
- You obtain a local trade license, if the city or county you're going to be working in requires it.
- If you're going to have an office or shop, you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.
Are you a do-it-yourselfer? You can save some money:
If you want to form a Texas limited liability company yourself, you can just hire us as your Texas registered agent, and you'll instantly have the Texas LLC forms to file and filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to file a Texas LLCs. You'll get the ongoing support of our online tools, compliance reminders and the support of a professional Texas LLC agent service.