The following table sets forth a comprehensive summary of this state’s LLC laws, filing requirements, taxation and more.

Keep in mind though, that the information in this table is subject to the whim of each state’s lawmakers, so the information is constantly changing.

It’s a good idea to do a reality check with the Secretary of State’s office to confirm that the information is still current.

Secretary of State Contact Information California Secretary of State
(For LLCs: Note “LLC Unit”)
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 657-5448
LLC Filing and Assistance Website Address www.ss.ca.gov
LLC Filing Fees The fee for filing Articles of Organization is $70.
LLC Name Reservation Information California organizers may pay a $10 fee to reserve a name. The name reservation remains effective for 60 days.
Link to Get LLC Formation Forms www.ss.ca.gov/business/corp/corp_formsfees.htm
Periodic LLC Reporting Requirements California LLC and registered foreign LLCs must file a Statement of Information (Form LLC-12) within 90 days of organization accompanied by a $20 fee, and biennially thereafter on the Statement of Information Renewal Form (Form LLC-12R) accompanied by a $20 fee. The Statement of Information must be accompanied by a $5 disclosure fee.
Link to Get LLC Tax Forms http://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/index.html
LLC Tax Summary California LLCs and foreign LLCs doing business in California are required to pay a minimum $800 annual Limited Liability Company Tax due within three months of the close of the accounting year. [a reader offered the following correction:] LLCs do have an additional “fee” if its income is $250,000 or more. (250k-$499,999 = $900 fee; 500k to $999,999 = $2,500 fee, etc.
LLC Statute Title 2.5 of the California Corporation Code

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