Other filings required at the time of incorporation
Some states require additional filings or steps at the time of incorporation, such as a county level filing, publishing notice of the LLC formation in a local newspaper or an initial report filing. California requires the following:
- Initial report. California requires LLCs to file an initial report with the state within six months of incorporating.
Professional services businesses
California does not allow professionals, such as accountants, attorneys form professional limited liability companies (PLLCs).
forming a limited liability company (LLC)
, you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability an LLC provides its owner(s). This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for California LLCs.
California LLC taxes and fees
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees in California:
- Annual report and franchise tax.
California requires LLCs to file a Statement of Information biennially during a time period that runs from the first day of the fifth month preceding the LLC's formation anniversary date but no later than the last day of the anniversary month. The fee for the Statement of Information is $20. California also has a minimum franchise tax of $800, which is due within three months of incorporation and annually thereafter.
For complete details on state taxes for California LLCs, visit
Business Owner's Toolkit
State of California
- Federal tax identification number (EIN).
is required for LLCs that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
- State tax identification number.
California does not require a state tax identification number.
Business Licenses in California
Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings
Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.
Additional California information
View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in California: