Vermont LLC Cost

We’ve compiled the most common fees so you know exactly what to expect when starting your Vermont LLC.

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FAQs on how to determine Vermont LLC costs

  • Getting your Vermont LLC off the ground starts with coming up with a name and, if you want, reserving it for your Vermont LLC. Use our Business Name Checker system to see if your business name is available. Then file the Articles of Organization. As part of the cost to start a business in Vermont, include the $125 Vermont LLC filing fee for the Articles of Organization.

    We’ll cover how to form a Vermont LLC in more d

  • What does it cost to start a business in Vermont? Here are a couple of standard Vermont LLC fees you can expect to pay.

    Vermont LLC Filing Fee

    $125: The initial Vermont LLC filing fee for the Articles of Organization is $125. When you file online, the clerk processes your documents within 1 business day. Processing time for mailed-in Articles of Organization is 2 – 3 weeks.

    Vermont LLC Annual Reports

    $35: Every Vermont LLC needs to file an annual report within three months of the end of the fiscal year on record. Filing an annual report costs $35.

    Our Annual Report Service helps you file your annual reports on time each year.

    Registered Agent

    Free: Your Vermont LLC needs to have a registered agent. A registered agent is someone who receives important and legal documents on behalf of the Vermont LLC. They have to be at the registered address and available to receive these documents during regular business hours.

    You can be your business’s registered agent for free or have a friend or colleague do so. But you would need to be available during regular business hours at the location you registered with the State of Vermont. Plus, if somebody sues your business, do you really want to be served legal papers in front of employees and customers? Probably not.

    Luckily, our registered agent service matches you with a professional, discreet, and competent Vermont registered agent. Rest easy knowing that a professional registered agent is there to receive your legal and important Vermont LLC documents.

  • What else goes into Vermont LLC cost? Consider the following:

    Certificate of Good Standing

    One of the one-time fees you can expect to pay is the $25 filing fee for the Certificate of Good Standing. A Certificate of Good Standing shows that your Vermont LLC exists and is in compliance with state requirements. It’s also proof that, as of the date on the document, your LLC is up-to-date on its filings with the Secretary of State.

    Assumed Business Name for Your Vermont LLC

    Thought of a better name for your business? You can apply for an alternative name for your business without permanently changing the current one. The Vermont LLC filing fee to apply for an assumed business name is $50. You need to renew your assumed business name every five years. That’s another $40. 

    Foreign LLC Registration

    Have a business in another state and want to start up in Vermont? No problem. File for a Certificate of Authority to do business in Vermont and pay the $125 filing fee. 

    Business Licenses and Permits

    Before you host that opening day celebration, check to see if your business needs licenses or permits to operate in Vermont. 

    If you’re going to serve alcoholic beverages, for example, you probably require a liquor license. If your business is a restaurant, you may need to get a business permit before setting up shop in your area. 

    But who has time to sift through government websites? With our help, hours upon hours of searching are complete within minutes. Our Business License Report helps you find the information you require in a fraction of the time, for a fraction of the price other companies charge. 

  • If you pay your fees late, you may be subject to late fees or your Vermont LLC may fall out of good standing.

  • If you can’t pay your filing fee to the Vermont government, the clerk won’t file your Vermont LLC documents. 

  • The Vermont Secretary of State receives the Vermont LLC filing fee. 

  • In most cases, the $125 filing fee for the Articles of Organization is the largest fee you pay to form a Vermont LLC. Additional licenses or registrations may cost more or less than this, though. It depends on the industry, size, and location of your business.

  • If filing online, the following payment methods are OK to use:

    • eCheck (EFT)
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • American Express
    • Discover

    If mailing in your application, check is the preferred method. Mail your application to:

    Corporations Division

    VT Secretary of State

    128 State Street

    Montpelier, VT 05633-1104

How do I form my LLC in Vermont?

Now that you know all about the average cost to start a business in Vermont, let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of business formation. 

1. Name Your Vermont LLC

The first step of forming your Vermont LLC is coming up with a name that sets your business apart from the rest. Here’s the basics about Vermont’s naming rules for LLCs:

  1. The name must end with the words or abbreviations of “Limited Liability Company” or “Limited Company.”
  2. The name must be distinct from those of other businesses. 

2. Pick a Registered Agent

Like we talked about before, all Vermont limited liability companies need to have a registered agent. You can act as your own registered agent, but what if you can’t always be at the business office during regular business hours? We got you. Our registered agent service providers are here to help. They’re Vermont professionals who are available to receive important business and legal documents for a reasonable fee. 

3. File the Vermont LLC Articles of Organization

Business name? Check. Registered agent? Check. Next up, file the Articles of Organization. You can do this online or send it in by mail to:

Corporations Division

VT Secretary of State

128 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05633-1104

The standard processing time for online filings is within 1 business day. Mailed in applications take about 7 to 10 days to process. 

With our business formation package, we can file your Vermont LLC Articles of Organization within minutes. Just answer a few questions, select a package that works for you, pay a small fee, and you’re off to the races. 

4. Draft an Operating Agreement

Operating agreements are arguably one of the most important Vermont LLC documents, aside from the Articles of Organization. Vermont LLC operating agreements lay out important details about your business, like:

  • How the business pays taxes
  • Who manages the Vermont LLC
  • How you distribute profits and losses 
  • Who votes
  • When you need to hold a formal vote

If you don’t have an operating agreement and something goes wrong, then the government may treat your business like a sole proprietorship. 

Our operating agreement template makes it easier than ever for you to draft an operating agreement. 

5. Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

One of the last steps in forming a Vermont LLC is getting an EIN. With an EIN, you can:

  • Pay taxes
  • Open a business bank account
  • Open a credit card line
  • Hire employees
  • Pay employees

You need to apply for both a federal and a state EIN. First, you get a federal EIN from the IRS, then a state EIN from Vermont’s Department of Taxes. Most businesses have to have an EIN. Even if you don’t, though, it’s important in part so that your information is private. 

We put together an Employer ID Number Service to streamline the process, saving you time so that you can get back to doing the fun stuff. 

Stay Compliant

Forming, managing, and maintaining your Vermont LLC is no small feat. Neither is keeping up with all those pesky filing requirements. The last thing you want is to miss a deadline and be out of compliance with the Vermont government. 

Our Worry-Free Compliance Service is just the thing to help you stay on track. We provide you with invaluable reminders and up to two amendment filings per year to help keep you from missing a beat.  

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Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.


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