How to Incorporate in Ohio

Instructions on Ohio Incorporating
by Drake Forester

What will it cost to incorporate in Ohio?

$125 Ohio articles of incorporation filing fee.

What are the costs involved in forming an Ohio LLC?

Ohio LLC articles of organization will cost $125.

How long will it take to get my Ohio Incorporation or Ohio LLC processed?

It will take the Ohio Secretary of State about 5 business days to process your Ohio incorporation when you file in person or by mail. You can choose 2 day expedited processing for an additional $150.

Do I have to file a name reservation to incorporate in Ohio?

No, there is no requirement to file a name reservation. However, if you want to free business name search to find out if your company name is already in use.

What am I going to be looking at for ongoing fees to Ohio?

Ohio corporations and LLCs don’t have to file annual or biennial reports with the Secretary of State. Non-profit corporations have to file a Continued Existence of a non-profit in Ohio every 5 years.

Professional corporations have to file Ohio biennial reports. The report is due on even years, by July 1st. The filing fee is $25.

What are the Ohio business taxes?

The Ohio Corporate net income tax rate is .26% of your gross revenue. This is called the CAT return, or Commercial Activity Tax. This tax applies to every entity, regardless of it being an LLC, Partnership, or Corporation. It has a $150 minimum payment.

The Ohio personal net income tax rates range from .587%-5.925%. There are also a lot of local income taxes with an average rate of 1.82%. The average Ohio sales tax rate is 6.83%. The state has a 5.5% tax, but the average local tax is 1.33% making a total of 6.83%.

When we incorporate your business in Ohio, our service includes:

  • Drafting articles Ohio articles of organization or Ohio articles of incorporation.
  • The Ohio incorporator initial resolution for a corporation, or Ohio organizer if Ohio LLC.
  • Ratified Ohio corporate bylaws, or operating agreement if Ohio LLC.
  • The state of Ohio incorporation filing fees.
  • Resident agent service for Ohio.
  • Our service fees are: $100 for Ohio incorporation service and $125 for Ohio registered agent.

All for a total of only $350 for an Ohio LLC or $350 for an Ohio corporation.