The cost of LLC in Illinois today varies upon several factors. You will need to understand which fees are necessary and which are optional, giving you additional benefits you wouldn't have access to otherwise. For example, there are basic filing fees which increase if you want to get your LLC formed faster.

What Does It Cost to Set Up an LLC in the State of Illinois?

When you create an Illinois Limited Liability Company, there are costs that are both optional and mandatory. These costs are typically government fees that apply to state forms you're required to submit in order to form your LLC.

The optional costs are:

  • Accountant fees
  • Lawyer fees
  • Fees charged by private businesses for assistance with filing forms

What are Articles of Organization?

Once an individual files Articles of Incorporation with the Illinois Secretary of State, the LLC is officially formed. The Secretary of State or SOS provides you with Articles of Organization that have already been printed — this is the minimum required in order to create the LLC.

Name Reservation Fee

You have to name your company in accordance with the LLC laws of Illinois; this information should be included in your articles. In the event that you've chosen a name that the state of Illinois does not find suitable for your business, your Articles of Incorporation will be denied. Conduct proper research before preparing the articles by determining if your name is appropriate via the Department of Business Services. 

You can reserve your name for 90 days if it is available for use and acceptable. The cost to reserve your name in December 2010 was $300. You can either reserve the name of your corporation for $50 or reserve your LLC name for $300. In the event that you decide to cancel your reservation, there is a fee associated — you'll need to pay $5 for normal processing or $50 if you would like the process expedited.

Your reserved name can be transferred — this service includes a $25 fee that is $50 if you choose the expedited method. There are other fees associated with reserving the name of your business; the Application to Adopt Assumed Name includes a $25 fee or $50 expedited fee. The fee is also $25 or $50 for expedited service of the Application to Change Assumed Name. Fees for Application to Cancel Assumed Name are $5 and $50 for regular and expedited service respectively. Completion and submission of the Assumed Name Renewal Application is $150 with a $50 fee to speed up the process.

Filing Fee

To submit your articles to the Secretary of State, file your submission with the associated fee included. Note that there are two different fees to pay contingent on whether your LLC is going to be a special type known as a "series LLC." Regular or basic LLCs use Form LLC-5.5 and have had a $500 filing fee since 2011. The required fee is $750 if the series LLC uses Form LLC-5.59(S). If you would like to create your Limited Liability Company online, pay a $100 fee to expedite the process along with a $5 fee to process the payment.

Starting a Limited Liability Company is more costly than a corporation — forming an LLC is $500, whereas forming a corporation is $150. Illinois doesn't require the lowest or the highest fees in the nation to begin an LLC; Texas is in the third position at $308, while Massachusetts requires $520. Kentucky requires $40 to begin an LLC, asking for far less than other states.

Expect to pay $25 for a Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office — the fee is $50 to expedite the form. There are additional filing fees — $50 to file the Articles of Amendment and $100 for expedited service. Filing the Restated Articles of Organization document is associated with a $150 fee, along with a $200 expedited fee.

Expedited and Online Service Fees

If you're looking to set your LLC up quickly, file your documents at the Chicago and Springfield office location — this is an expedited offering provided by the Secretary of State. If you want your LLC formed in 24 hours, you can file your articles along with an additional $100. It is mandatory for all requests for expedited service to be conducted in person.

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