LLC Cost in Ohio

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Ohio LLCs are relatively inexpensive — especially when you consider that an LLC can protect your personal assets and help grow your business. That’s why forming an LLC is the best choice for most small businesses. 

The cost to form an LLC in Ohio is $99. This covers the primary cost of officially registering your LLC with the state.

Read our LLC Cost in Ohio guide below to learn more about LLC costs and other fees associated with all Ohio businesses.

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How Much Is an LLC in Ohio?

Ohio LLC Filing Fee: $99

To form an LLC in Ohio, you'll need to file the Articles of Organization (Form 610) with the Secretary of State. The Ohio Secretary of State charges a $99 fee to process and record this document online or by mail.

You can complete this process yourself with our How to Start an LLC guide or use an LLC formation service.

Statutory Agent Fee

Every Ohio LLC must appoint a statutory agent, known as a registered agent in most states. Your Ohio statutory agent must be a resident of Ohio and must be available to receive service of process during normal business hours at a designated street address.

You can be your own statutory agent in Ohio, or you can use a registered agent service for a minimal cost.

Recommended: Get free registered agent services for one year when you form an LLC with Northwest ($39 plus state fees).

Ohio Commercial Activity Tax: Varies

Unlike most states, Ohio does not require LLCs to file an annual report with the Secretary of State.

Having said that, your Ohio LLC may be required to be Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). This is an annual tax that is imposed on several business structures (including LLCs) for the privilege of doing business in the state of Ohio. 

Your LLC will need to register for CAT if it generates $150,000 or more per annum in revenue. The due date for this is May 10. 

There is an “annual minimum tax (AMT) that will need to be paid. This depends on how much revenue your LLC will generate:

  • $1 million or less in annual revenue: $150
  • More than $1 million but less than or equal to $2 million in annual revenue: $800
  • More than $2 million but less than or equal to $4 million in annual revenue: $2,100
  • More than $4 million in annual revenue: $2,600

Your LLC will also be required to pay 0.26% tax on all annual revenue that exceeds $1 million. 

Note: If your LLC earns more than $1 million in annual revenue, you will need to file and pay returns on a quarterly basis. Late filing incurs a penalty of $50 or 10% of the tax due, whichever is greater. 

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in Ohio: $99

LLCs registered in another state that want to expand into the state of Ohio must register as a foreign LLC in Ohio.

The cost for registering an Ohio foreign LLC is $99. You can register a foreign LLC in Ohio by filing a Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company (Form 617).

Business Licenses and Permits

Your business might need federal, state, and local permits/licenses to legally operate in Ohio, depending on your industry and geographical location. This is true whether you form an LLC or any other type of business structure.

Learn more about state and local licensing in our Ohio business license guide.

Other Ohio Business Filing Fees

There are fees associated with other, optional business filings in Ohio.

LLC Name Reservation 

You can reserve a business name for your LLC for up to 180 days by filing the Name Reservation (Form 534B) and paying the $39 fee.

‘Doing Business As’ (DBA) Name

When an LLC is registered with the state, the LLC’s name is also officially registered. Some business owners choose to also file for a DBA name, known as a trade name in Ohio. 

You can file a Name Registration (Form 534A) with the Ohio Secretary of State and pay the $39 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name.

Learn more in our Ohio DBA guide.

Certified Document Copies 

You can get certified copies of your Ohio business documents by ordering them through the Secretary of State and paying the $5 fee. Merger, Consolidation, and Conversion document copies cost $25 each. 

Certificate of Good Standing

You can obtain an Ohio Certificate of Good Standing by ordering through the Secretary of State and paying the $5 fee. 

A Certificate of Good Standing is often required by banks and lenders.

Recommended: Learn more about LLC formation services in our Best LLC Services review.

How to Start an LLC in Ohio

Forming an LLC yourself is easy; just follow the five steps below.

Five Basic Steps to Start an LLC in Ohio

Step 1: Name Your Ohio LLC

Step 2: Choose a Statutory Agent

Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement

Step 5: Get an EIN 

Step 1: Name Your Ohio LLC

When you name your Ohio LLC, you’ll need to choose a name that:

  1. Is available for use in the state of Ohio
  2. Meets Ohio’s naming requirements
  3. Is available as a web domain

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Step 2: Choose a Statutory Agent

Ohio LLCs are required to appoint a statutory agent to receive service of process

Business owners can hire a statutory agent service or appoint any Ohio resident that is 18 years or older and is available during normal business hours at a specified address to receive service of process.

Recommended: Northwest offers one full year of registered agent services with their $39 (plus state fees) LLC formation package.

Step 3: File Ohio Articles of Organization

To form an LLC in Ohio, you must file the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State. This can be done online through the Secretary of State’s website or by filing Form 610 by mail.

For a closer look at the filing process, check out our Ohio Articles of Organization guide.

Step 4: Create an LLC Operating Agreement

Operating agreements are not required for Ohio LLCs, but it’s a good practice to have one.

An operating agreement outlines the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC, ensuring that all members are on the same page and reducing the risk of conflict down the line.

Learn more in our Ohio LLC Operating Agreement guide.

Step 5: Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS to identify businesses for tax purposes. Think of an EIN as a Social Security number for your LLC.

To learn how to get an EIN for free, visit our How to Get an EIN Number guide.

LLC Cost in Ohio FAQ

What is the cheapest way to start an LLC in Ohio?

The cheapest way to start an LLC in Ohio is to handle the registration process individually. In order to do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Name your LLC
  2. Choose a statutory agent: This can be a registered agent service or an individual.
  3. File the Ohio Articles of Organization: The filing fee for this is $99 and can be done online or by mail.
  4. Create an LLC operating agreement: This is usually not a legal requirement, but it is highly recommended.
  5. Get an EIN: This is basically your business’s Social Security number (SSN).

How much does an LLC cost per year in Ohio?

There are no annual report fees in Ohio. Having said that, LLCs that make $150,000 or more in annual revenue are required to pay Commercial Activity Taxes. Different tax rates are applicable depending on your LLC’s total annual revenue: 

  • $1 million or less in annual revenue: $150
  • More than $1 million but less than or equal to $2 million in annual revenue: $800
  • More than $2 million but less than or equal to $4 million in annual revenue: $2,100
  • More than $4 million in annual revenue: $2,600

Your LLC will also be required to pay 0.26% tax on all annual revenue that exceeds $1 million.

For a more in-depth analysis, see our How Much Does an LLC Cost? article. 

How much does an LLC license cost in Ohio?

An LLC is not a business license, but a business entity. Forming an LLC in Ohio costs $99. There are no annual report fees. 

You may be required to pay additional fees if you choose to pay for a  registered agent service, an LLC formation service, or an LLC attorney.

Depending on the financial status of your LLC, you may also be required to pay the Commercial Activity Tax.

See our How to Start an LLC in Ohio for more information on registering your business as an LLC.

Do LLCs pay taxes in Ohio?

Yes, LLCs are a “pass-through” tax entity. This means that the LLCs profits are “passed through” directly to its owner(s), who then pay income taxes independently. 

This is advantageous compared to a corporation’s tax structure because it means that LLC members are not taxed twice. 

Having said that, readers should keep in mind that LLCs are very flexible when it comes to how they can be taxed, and — depending on the specifics — they can choose to be taxed as a pass-through entity, a C corp, and an S corp. 

For more information, see our How Is an LLC Taxed guide. 

What are the tax benefits of an LLC?

The tax benefits of an LLC will depend on how you choose to be taxed, as well as on whether you are operating as a single or multi-member LLC. 

Generally speaking, LLCs can choose to be taxed in several different ways, including:

  • As a sole proprietorship or general partnership
  • As a C corporation
  • As an S corporation

See our Single-Member LLC Taxes guide for a detailed overview of the tax benefits of having an LLC as a small business. 

Do I need to open a business bank account for my LLC?

Even though you do not necessarily “need” to open a bank account for your LLC, this is generally highly recommended for several reasons. 

For one, having a separate bank account can allow you to maintain your LLC’s corporate veil — meaning that you will not risk losing your limited personal liability under the law. A business bank account also offers financial benefits, including the ability to build business credit more quickly and access to larger business loans. 

Interested in opening a business bank account? See our review of the best banks for startups in 2022.