Louisiana Annual Reporting

You did it. Your Louisiana LLC is officially up and running, ready to take on challenges, roll in the profits, and change the world.

There’s no doubt that this is an exciting time in your business journey. After starting your LLC, it’s easy to get carried away in all the excitement and expectations. After all, as a new business owner, you’ve got a lot on your plate.

But the state does too. They need to keep updated records on thousands of businesses so that they can effectively reach out with any important tax or legal communications down the road. How do they do it? With your cooperation, of course.

In Louisiana, an LLC’s annual report must be filed by its anniversary date each year, keeping the state’s official records up-to-date regarding the LLC’s business activities within its borders. Unsure how to go about it? Never even heard of it? No worries at all. That’s why we’re here. Keep reading for everything you need to know.

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What Is the Louisiana Annual Report? Why Is It Important?

Consider an annual report the state’s yearly checkup on your LLC. It’s similar to a census in that its purpose is to collect the necessary contact and structural information about each Louisiana business.

Each state has its own annual reporting requirements, and some don’t even require them. But in most states, you’re required to submit one per year that includes your LLC name, principal office address, registered agent information, and member/manager names and addresses. Whether you run a domestic or foreign LLC, you should plan on submitting an annual report.

Don’t be intimidated, but it’s not something you want to take lightly. This is how the state updates your LLC’s record with the most recent information. They need to know how to reach you with important information about your business status, upcoming filings, taxes, and service of process.

For example, if you change your registered agent, or your current agent resigns, you’ll need to keep the state informed so they can update their contact information. Miss one of their communications and your LLC in Louisiana might end up falling out of good standing or, even worse, being administratively dissolved.

Moreover, keeping your information current will help other businesses and potential customers find you. If the Secretary of State has the most updated data on record, people can find your business by performing a name search.

How Much Does the Louisiana LLC Annual Report Fee Cost?

If you’re putting together a budget for all your LLC’s costs – like formation costs, name reservation fees, and initial operating expenses – it’s important to include annual filings like this one, just so that there are no surprises.

Costs vary from state to state. Some are free while others can be several hundred dollars. Compared to most states, Louisiana’s annual report fee is pretty modest, just $30 whether you file online or using a paper form.

Due Date and Frequency for an Annual Report in Louisiana

Your LLC is required to file an annual report once per year by its exact anniversary date, the date it was originally formed. So, make sure you remember the date you officially registered your business and mark it on the calendar for future annual report filing.

What Happens if You Don’t File?

You might be thinking, “that sounds like a pain. How bad could it be if I just fly under the radar?” The short answer: don’t try it. Failing to file your annual report can yield some serious consequences.

Louisiana is a bit more lenient than some states when it comes to late annual reports. They won’t hit you with a late fee, but your LLC will lose its good standing. If you go three years without filing a report, your business will be dissolved.

 

Required Information

If your LLC’s anniversary date is coming up, it’s time to start thinking about filing your annual report. Here’s the information it requires:

  • LLC name
  • Mailing address (not a P.O. box)
  • Registered office address
  • Registered agent name
  • Names and addresses for each member or manager
  • Your phone number, mailing address, and email address

The form shouldn’t take more than a few minutes if you have all of this information ready to go. If none of this information has changed over the year, it will be even faster.

Filing Options

Now you’re all set to file, and you have a couple of different ways to go about it. The fastest, easiest option is filing online, but you can also submit an annual report by mail.

Online Filing: To begin, access Louisiana’s geauxBIZ online filing portal. If you don’t already have an account, you’ll need to create one. After signing in, select “Getting Started” from your dashboard, then “File an Amendment.” Enter your LLC’s charter number and you’ll find a page containing your business details. Click “File Annual Report” and you’ll be on your way. Just follow the onscreen instructions and you’ll be finished in no time. On the last page, you’ll be prompted to enter your payment details. After doing so, you can officially submit your report, which will be processed within 15 minutes.

Filing by Mail: Your first step will be printing an annual report form. Search for your LLC name here and select it from the results. Click the “Details” button and then select “Print Annual Report.” Fill in the required details, include a check for $30, and send it to:

Commercial Division

P.O. Box 94125

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

After the Secretary of State receives your mailed form, they will process your annual report in 1-2 business days.

Does the State Send Reminders?

Reminders are always nice. They help you stay on top of your business requirements and ensure that you won’t fall out of good standing.

The Secretary of State wants to help you make sure you don’t miss your due date, so they will send you an email or text reminder as long as they have a business email and/or phone number on file. It’s a good idea, however, to establish your own system of reminders as well, just to make sure. Do whatever will help you remember, whether it’s a mark on your calendar, an alarm on your phone, a note on your refrigerator, or something else entirely.

Conclusion

There you have it, everything you need to know about Louisiana’s reporting requirements. Follow this guide to a T and your LLC will be prepared to operate smoothly and in good standing long into the future.

And remember, if at any point it seems overwhelming, you’re not alone. A good LLC service like ZenBusiness (or LegalZoom) can be a valuable resource, taking care of all the little details, so you can focus on growing your business.


Frequently Asked Questions

About Filing the Louisiana LLC Annual Report

Should I use an annual report service, hire an attorney, or prepare and file my own reports?

This question largely comes down to personal preferences, but we do have some general insights. The DIY route can be quite a bit of work, as you’ll need to keep track of your due dates and complete the entire report on your own with no assistance. As for hiring an attorney, this can be prohibitively expensive for many businesses, as a lawyer can charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars to prepare and file your annual reports.

You can think of business services companies as a middle ground between these options. While most of these companies charge a fee to prepare and file your annual reports, that fee will be significantly less expensive than an attorney’s fee. At the same time, you still aren’t going it alone. Instead, you have an experienced professional guiding you through the entire process.

I’ve heard the most about LegalZoom. Are they the best annual report service?

LegalZoom is the most well-known of all business services companies, thanks to its long track record and extensive advertising campaigns. That said, all of that brand power comes at a cost, as LegalZoom’s pricing and features don’t always compare advantageously to its competitors. While we do appreciate LegalZoom’s annual report filing service, it isn’t our top choice.

When is my annual report due each year?

The answer to this question depends on when you first formed your LLC. Each LLC in Louisiana must file its annual report by its anniversary date every year.

Does Louisiana require LLCs to file Initial Reports?

In some states, LLCs are also required to file Initial Reports. These reports are typically quite similar to annual reports, with the difference being that an Initial Report either accompanies your formation documents or follows their filing within a couple of months.

In Louisiana, every LLC is required to file an Initial Report with its Articles of Organization. The state will reject the Articles of Organization filing if the Initial Report is not filed at the same time. The Initial Report requires the LLC’s name, registered agent name and registered office address, the names and addresses of the LLC’s members or managers, the signature of each person who signed the Articles of Organization, and the registered agent’s signature. This form also must be notarized.

What if I need more time to complete my annual report?

Louisiana does not offer extensions for annual report filings. However, this state is more lenient than most when it comes to missed annual reports. Your LLC will lose its good standing if it misses an annual report deadline, but there aren’t any fees involved, and the state won’t dissolve your business unless you’ve missed a report for at least three years.

Where can I find more official information about Louisiana’s LLC annual reporting requirements?

To be perfectly honest, Louisiana doesn’t do a great job of providing official info online regarding LLC annual reports. If you have a question that this article doesn’t answer, you might just want to call the Secretary of State’s office for further assistance.

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