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When forming an LLC yourself, the only cost you are responsible for is the state filing fee. A few states also require a publication fee or a name reservation fee. 

Learn how to cost-effectively start your LLC on our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC page.

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Some states (ArizonaNebraska, and New York) require your newly incorporated LLC to publish a awpstatement of formationawp in a local newspaper. Publishing costs can be anywhere between $40 and $2000, depending on your state’s specific requirements.

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The rule of thumb is that you should always form your LLC in the state where you plan to conduct business. Otherwise, you may end up with additional unwanted costs and paperwork. For more information, visit our Best State to Form an LLC guide.

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There are regular fees that you'll need to pay to keep your LLC in good standing. The maintenance costs usually only include an annual or biennial report fee.

In some states, there could be state taxes, often known as a “franchise tax.”

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Some states levy a yearly tax on LLC's (often called a awpfranchise tax)awp. This is usually a flat tax, but can also vary according to your LLC's annual earnings in certain states.

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Before using a paid service, we recommend checking out our How to Form an LLC guide to understand what is involved in forming an LLC in your state.

Depending on where you form your LLC, you may be able to do the entire formation yourself. For states that require things like publication, or lengthy detailed forms, it's sometimes best to use a service.

You can use a professional formation service to create your LLC. This can save you both time and the hassle of filling out legal paperwork.

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The "LLC Seal and Kit" packages are totally unnecessary and do nothing to add to your credibility.