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Iowa Biennial Report Filing Instructions

by Drake Forester

What is the cost to file the Iowa biennial report?

If you file the biennial report online, the fee is $30. If you mail it in, you will pay $45. This applies to the following business types:

  • IA Corporations and PCs-domestic and foreign.
  • IA domestic and foreign LLCs and PLLCs.
  • IA domestic and foreign LPs and LLLPs.

Then others pay:

  • IA Cooperative Associations: $5
  • IA Nonprofits-domestic and foreign: $0
  • IA LLPs: No reports.
  • IA Charities: $0

How to file your Iowa biennial report:

Iowa business entities file reports with the Secretary of State every other year. These biennial reports can be filed by mail or online. Filing online is super simple. See the link below.

You will need your Iowa corporation number and pin number to access online filings or paper forms on the Iowa Secretary of State website. Find these numbers on your biennial report notice.

IA Charities must register and file annual reports with the Iowa Attorney General. You may find the forms on the AG website, at the link below.

When are Iowa biennial reports due?

Iowa profit corporations, including professional corporations and cooperative associations, file by April 1st of even numbered years.

Iowa LLCs, PLLCs, LPs, and Nonprofits file by April 1st of odd numbered years.

IA Charities: 135 days after fiscal year end, typically May 15th.

Does Iowa have initial report requirements?

No. Iowa companies just file their first report between January 1st and April 1st of the first even or odd-numbered year depending on the rule for each business form (Corporation, LLC).

Late fees?

No late fees, but you are administratively dissolved or revoked in just a few months.

How do I get notified?

Iowa Secretary of State delivers a notice to your Iowa registered agent in January of the year the biennial report is due. ‘Northwest’ doesn’t let their Iowa clients forget a due date.

Who can file Iowa biennial reports?

Anyone with authority.

Are original signatures needed?



Iowa Secretary of State
Business Services Division
First Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-5204
Fax: 515-242-5953

Charitable Trust Registration
Iowa Attorney General’s Office
Hoover Bldg, Second Floor
1305 E. Walnut
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-281-5164

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Agent#  373804
Des Moines, IA 50309
Scott County

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