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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, pay $105 in filing and recording fees, and get an EIN from the IRS. The complete steps to forming a Nebraska LLC are as follows:

  1. File a Nebraska LLC Certificate of Organization
  2. Pay the Nebraska Secretary of State $105
  3. Wait to receive your approved Certificate of Organization
  4. Get a Federal EIN tax ID for the LLC
  5. Create a Nebraska LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Take these documents to the bank and get a Nebraska LLC bank account
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How to File a Nebraska LLC Certificate of Organization

To form a Nebraska LLC, you file the LLC Certificate of Organization in the following steps:
Step 1 Choose a name for your new LLC
Step 2 Decide what address you’d like to list publicly
Step 3 Decide if you want to hire a registered agent service to minimize public disclosures
Step 4 Choose if members or managers will manage your LLC
Step 5 File online and pay a $105 with a credit card (plus a processing fee) or mail 2 copies to the Secretary of State (PO Box 94608, Lincoln NE 68509-4608) with a check or money order for $105

How Long Does it Take to Start a Nebraska LLC?

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Fastest 2-4 days

File your Certificate of Organization yourself 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.

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Avoid the hassle of creating a Certificate of Organization from scratch and let us form and file your documents. Just answer a few questions about your business and then sit back and let our Corporate Guides file everything correctly the first time.

What is the Cost of 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.

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How much does an LLC in Nebraska cost each year?

Every other year, Nebraska LLCs pay $10 ($13 online) to file a Biennial Report.

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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
6.84%: $29,830+

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%.

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Is a Nebraska LLC Registered Agent Required?

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.

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Nebraska LLC Versus Nebraska Corporation:

In Nebraska, the state filing fees for an LLC are usually higher at first. Over time though, a corporation ends up costing more. Forming an LLC starts at $105, while forming a small corporation starts at $65. (If your corporation has more than $10,000 in authorized stock, however, filing fees increase, quickly matching and then outpacing an LLC.) After that, LLCs pay a Biennial Report fee of $10-$13 every other year. Corporations, on the other hand, pay a Biennial Occupation Tax, based on the amount of paid-up capital stock—with a minimum tax fee of $26.

LLCs are also popular for new business owners and small businesses because they’re typically easier to manage. There’s no requirement for directors, officers, or even managers—the members of an LLC can self-manage. Corporations are more common for businesses that plan to scale quickly. Interested in a corporation in the Cornhusker State? Here is information on Nebraska incorporation.

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Do I Need a Tax ID Number (EIN) for a Nebraska LLC?

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.

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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).

What is a Nebraska LLC Biennial Report?

The Nebraska LLC Biennial Report is a 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.

Does a Nebraska LLC 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. 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.

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 we’re pretty proud. Over 1 million LLCs have used our free LLC forms to help form and maintain their businesses.

 

Nebraska LLC Certificate of Organization Requirements:

Create Your Own Certificate

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.

Company Name

Your name must include “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” or an abbreviation. Tip: Most companies go with “LLC.”

Principal Office

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.

Registered Agent

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.

Registered Office

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.

LLC Management

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.

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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 organizers.

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