1. Forming an LLC in Texas
2. Registering a Foreign LLC in Texas
3. Dissolving a Texas LLC
4. Contact Information

Secretary of State Texas LLC manages the formation of a limited liability company in the state. This type of business entity provides advantageous tax status and prevents your personal assets from liability in the event of business debts or financial obligations.

Forming an LLC in Texas

Registering a Foreign LLC in Texas

An LLC created outside of Texas must register as a foreign LLC to do business in the state and must have a registered agent who lives or is authorized to do business in Texas. To register, submit Form 304, Application for Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company, and pay the $750 filing fee. If the name of your LLC is already in use in Texas, you must adopt an assumed name for use in the state by filing Form 503 and paying a $25 fee.

Dissolving a Texas LLC

Submit the Certificate of Termination of Domestic Entity to the Texas Secretary of State to dissolve your LLC. Include a certificate of account status indicating that the LLC is in good standing and all taxes have been paid. The filing fee for dissolution is $40.

To get a certificate of account status, file Form 05-359, Request for Certificate of Account Status to Terminate a Taxable Entity's Existence in Texas.

Certificates of termination are typically processed in three to five days, but it may take up to six weeks to receive your tax clearance. After your entity is terminated, another entity can immediately use your business name.

Failing to properly dissolve your Texas LLC means that you are still required to pay franchise tax and will be charged a 5 percent penalty for late filing, another 5 percent after 30 days, and interest of 1 percent over the prime rate after the tax is 60 days late.

Contact Information

The Texas Secretary of State is located at 1019 Brazos in Austin, TX 78701. This office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The mailing address is:
Corporations Section
Texas Secretary of State
P.O. Box 13697
Austin, TX 78711-3697
Telephone: 512-463-5555
Fax: 512-463-5709

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