How To Start An LLC In Nebraska
To start an LLC in Nebraska, you must file a Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State. You can file the document online or by mail. The Certificate of Organization costs $105 to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your Nebraska LLC. However, to actually ready the LLC to do business, you must complete several additional steps.
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Nebraska Certificate of Organization Requirements
To form a Nebraska LLC, you must complete and file the Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State. See the document below and click on any number to see what information is required in the corresponding section.
Nebraska doesn’t have a standard form you can download for your Certificate of Organization. Instead, you create your own Certificate. (Or use a template. Or just let Northwest write it for you.) There are, however, a few essential pieces of information you should include in your Certificate of Organization, such as your LLC’s name, registered agent, registered agent address, organizer and signature. It’s also common to include your principal office and whether your LLC is managed by members or managers.
Your name must include “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” or an abbreviation. Tip: Most companies go with “LLC.”
This is your company’s official address on record with the state. Tip: When you hire Northwest, you can keep it simple by using our address—it’s much less annoying than having to remember and update multiple addresses.
You can list an individual or a business that provides registered agent service. Tip: Northwest has been providing expert registered agent service in Nebraska for years.
This is the street address where your registered agent will be available during business hours. This address will also become part of the permanent public record of your LLC. Tip: Hire Northwest and our address will go here.
LLCs can be managed by either members or managers. In a member-managed LLC, members make all the decisions for the company themselves. If you don’t plan to run the day-to-day operations, you can turn over decision-making powers to one or more managers. Tip: Most LLCs are member-managed.
Your organizers form, sign, and submit your Certificate of Organization. Organizers don’t have to be a part of your LLC. Tip: When you hire Northwest, we’ll be your organizer.
How much does it cost to start a Nebraska LLC?
The actual state filing fee for a Nebraska LLC Certificate of Organization is $100, but there’s a $5 per page “recording fee” as well, making the absolute minimum cost to file $105. Filing online will also result in a credit card fee of at least $2.
Hire Northwest and your total, out-the-door cost is $339, including fees, plus cool perks like a full year of registered agent service and free business forms.
How long does it take to start a Nebraska LLC?
2 days. You can file your Certificate of Organization online or by mail. The Nebraska Secretary of State doesn’t have a standard Certificate of Organization form, so you’ll have to write your own and either mail it or upload it as a PDF using the state’s Corporate Document eDelivery system.
If you hire Northwest to start your LLC, we file online and typically have your Nebraska LLC formed within 2 business days.
Are there publishing requirements for a Nebraska LLC?
Yes, your Nebraska LLC will have to publish a notice of organization in a local newspaper for three consecutive weeks after you submit your Certificate of Organization, per NE Code §21-193. The full list of information required is spelled out in NE Code §21-117(b) but most LLCs primarily need to list the LLC name, registered agent and office and initial designated office.
For details, see our guide on How to Publish Your Notice of Organization in Nebraska.
Does a Nebraska LLC need a registered agent?
Yes, your Nebraska LLC is required to have a Nebraska registered agent. You can act as your own registered agent, but it’s a bigger job than most people realize. In addition to publicly listing the address where you’ll be available during business hours (goodbye privacy, hello junk mail), you have to actually…be available during business hours. It’s tough to run a business when you’re stuck in the office. You have meetings to attend, errands to run, and sometimes you just need a long weekend at Lake Mac. And every time you make changes to your agent or office, you have to pony up the $15 to file a Statement of Change. With a commercial registered agent like Northwest, you can avoid all this. Our address goes on your public documents (and stays consistent while your LLC grows and changes). We’re available to accept your legal notifications, and we’ll scan and send them to you the same day.
Create the Nebraska LLC Operating Agreement
Do I need an Operating Agreement?
It’s not a form you’re required to file with the State of Nebraska, but yes—an operating agreement is one of your LLC’s most essential documents.
Why is an Operating Agreement important?
Your operating agreement spells out information your members and managers will need, such as how much each person invested, how profits and losses will be allocated, and what happens if (knock on wood) the business completely falls apart. Even if you’re the only person in your LLC, you’ll still need an operating agreement. The bank will ask to see it when you go to open a business account. Potential investors, lenders and partners will want to see it too. Considering it’s a key document that holds legal weight, you don’t want to be scrambling to throw an operating agreement together the moment you need one.
Do I have to write the Operating Agreement?
Not from scratch. We know how critical operating agreements are, so when you hire Northwest to form your Nebraska LLC, we give you a free operating agreement, specific to your management style. We also give you free resolutions, membership certificates and more. We hope to work with your business for years to come—so we want to make sure you start out on the path to success. That’s why we were the first website to hand out free LLC forms. While copycat companies have followed suit, pushing out loads of junk forms, we’ve spent years refining our forms and guides, and we’re pretty proud. Over 1 million LLCs have used our free LLC forms to help form and maintain their businesses.
Get a Nebraska LLC EIN
Do I have to get a tax ID number (EIN)?
On the federal level, you’re required to get an EIN if you plan to hire employees or file certain excise taxes like Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns. On the local level, you’ll typically need an EIN to open a business bank account, establish credit with vendors and file some state or municipal tax forms. Sometimes you can use your personal social security number instead, but that just opens up opportunities for your personal information to be compromised. EINs are free, and you can apply directly from the IRS website. Or, you can skip this application and add on EIN service when you hire Northwest to form your Nebraska LLC.
Open a Bank Account for Your Nebraska LLC
To open a bank account for your Nebraska LLC, you will need to bring the following with you to the bank:
- A copy of the Nebraska LLC Certificate of Organization
- The LLC operating agreement
- The Nebraska LLC’s EIN
If there are multiple members in the LLC, you may also want to bring an LLC resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the members to open the account in the name of the LLC. Northwest can help with this as well—LLC bank resolutions are one of the many free legal forms we provide to ensure you can get your LLC started fast.
We recommend calling your bank ahead of time before going in and asking what their requirements are. Most banks don’t open business accounts nearly as frequently as personal accounts, so some bankers may be unfamiliar with their own bank’s requirements. As frustrating as that may be for you, calling ahead will help save you from being super annoyed when you walk into the bank.
Obtain a Business License
Does a Nebraska LLC need a business license?
Nebraska doesn’t have a state-level general business license, but cities and counties may have their own local business licensing requirements (typically for specific business activities, such as selling liquor or fireworks). To see what’s required for your particular business, check in with the city and county offices where you’re registering your Nebraska LLC.
Need an EIN or a certified copy of your Certificate of Organization for your license applications? You can easily add on these items to your LLC formation order when you sign up with Northwest.
File Nebraska LLC Reports
What is a Nebraska LLC Biennial Report?
The Nebraska LLC Biennial Report is a $10-$13 form you file every other year that informs the state of your LLC’s current contact information. Despite the whole form revolving around your LLC’s contact information, you can’t actually use the form to update this information (that requires a Statement of Change form and another $15). If you fail to file your Biennial Report, you have two months before your LLC is labeled “delinquent” and soon your Certificate of Organization will be revoked. Two years between filings is a long time—long enough to forget. When you sign up for services at Northwest, we’ll help you remember by sending you reminder notifications. Want one less annoying filing on your plate? You can hire Northwest to file your Biennial Reports on your behalf.
How much does an LLC in Nebraska cost each year?
Every other year, Nebraska LLCs pay $10 ($13 online) to file a Biennial Report.
Pay the LLC Taxes
What are the Nebraska LLC taxes?
The Nebraska personal net income tax rates are:
2.46%: $0 to $3,089
3.51%: $3,090 to $18,509
5.01%: $18,510 to $29,829
Nebraska has a state sales tax of 5.5%. Cities and counties can tack on local sales tax rates up to 2%, making the total possible sales tax between 5.5% and 7.5%.
For a general overview of Nebraska business taxes, check out our Nebraska tax page. We also have many more free resources you can explore to help you manage your LLC. Free guides, free forms, and exceptional service—that’s Northwest.