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How do I maintain an LLC in North Carolina?

How do I maintain my North Carolina LLC? | BetterLegal


What's the next step after registering my business in North Carolina?

After successfully setting up your business in North Carolina, you need to make sure that you keep your LLC in good standing with the state. This way, you will be able to transact with third parties smoothly, especially with your vendors and clients.

A good standing status shows that your company is compliant with the state requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, payment of annual fees and updating of your company information with the state.

Additionally, certain other formalities are required by the state, like appointing a registered agent for service of process and maintaining a registered office in North Carolina.

If you do not have a physical address in the state where you registered your LLC, check out BetterLegal's Registered Agent Service. Through BetterLegal's Registered Agent service, you will receive scanned copies of your important mails and you may also request for physical copies to be mailed to your address for a minimal administrative fee. Subscribe to our service now!

Why is it important to Maintain my LLC in North Carolina?

Third parties are able to obtain your good standing status by submitting a request to the Secretary of State in North Carolina. If a third party you are transacting with finds out that your company is in bad standing with the state, it may cause unnecessary delays and issues in your business transactions.

Also, failure to comply with state requirements may result to forfeiture, dissolution, or involuntary termination of your LLC.

This is why you should be on top of North Carolina's periodic requirements for Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) like yours. Maintain your LLC to avoid any issues and delays in your transactions.

If you need help in maintaining your LLC in North Carolina, check out BetterLegal's State Compliance package. We will make sure that your company complies with the state requirements to keep your company in good standing. Subscribe to our State Compliance Service Now!

The Basics of Maintaining Your LLC

There are different administrative tasks that make up the maintenance of an LLC in North Carolina, but can be grouped into categories:

  1. Annual Report: Required filing in North Carolina to keep your LLC in good standing
  2. Articles of Organization: Updating of your LLC information in North Carolina
  3. Operating Agreement: Legal document outlining the internal rules and procedures of a Limited Liability Company
  4. Licenses and Permits: Documentary requirements for these in North Carolina vary depending on the nature of business
  5. DBAs: Registration of other names a business may go by other than its official name
  6. Taxes: Money owed to the government for revenues and earnings

Filing your North Carolina LLC's Annual Report

If you are planning to file your North Carolina LLC's Annual Report, BetterLegal has prepared an easy to follow step-by-step guide for you below. We have also included pertinent information that you need to remember when filing.

When is the due date for my North Carolina LLC's Annual Report?

File your North Carolina LLC's Annual Report every April 15th. You need to file it with the state every year. The Annual Report may be submitted on or before the due date.

How much do I need to pay for my North Carolina LLC's Annual Report?

Prepare $200 to pay for your North Carolina LLC's Annual Report.

What information are needed when filing my North Carolina LLC's Annual Report?

When filing your LLC's Annual Report, make sure to provide any updated information of your LLC, except for LLC name change. Make sure to provide your most updated email address to receive state notifications.

How do I submit my North Carolina LLC's Annual Report?

You may submit your North Carolina LLC's Annual Report online or by mail.

(1) File online using this link: https://www.sosnc.gov/online_services/search/by_title/_Annual_Report.

(2)By Mail
a. Obtain the annual report form: You can download the North Carolina Annual Report form from the North Carolina Secretary of State's website. Here is the link to the form: https://www.sosnc.gov/forms/corporations/annualreports.aspx.
b. Fill out the annual report form: Provide the requested information in the form, including your LLC's name, registered agent, principal office address, and the names and addresses of your LLC's managers and members.
c. Calculate and include the filing fee: The filing fee for the annual report in North Carolina is $200. Make sure to include a check or money order for the filing fee with your annual report form.
d. Mail the annual report form and filing fee: Mail the completed annual report form and filing fee to the following address:

Office of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

It's important to note that the annual report must be filed on or before April 15th of each year. If you fail to file the annual report by the due date, a $25 penalty will be assessed. If the annual report is not filed within 60 days of the due date, your LLC may be administratively dissolved by the North Carolina Secretary of State.

What is the turnaround time for my North Carolina LLC's Annual Report?

Your payment or filing submission will reflect on the state's records immediately.

What should I do if I miss my North Carolina LLC's Annual Report's due date?

Late submission of Annual Report in North Carolina is allowed. There is no late fee. You may file your late submission online.

If you fail to file even after the grace period, your LLC registration will be administratively dissolved by the state.

I missed my North Carolina LLC's Annual Report's grace period for late submission, what should I do?

If you also missed the state's grace period for the filing of Annual Report, file for your LLC's reinstatement.

Articles of Organization

If you want to update your company information but it is too early to file for your LLC's Annual Report or maybe you have already filed your LLC's Annual Report, but forgot to update your information, you may still do so by filing an amendment with the state.

BetterLegal may also assist you in filing these amendments. Check out the links below:

- North Carolina LLC Application to Reserve a Business Entity Name
- North Carolina LLC Statement of Change of Registered Office and/or Registered Agent
- North Carolina LLC Certificate of Good Standing
- North Carolina LLC Statement of Resignation of Registered Agent
- North Carolina LLC Articles of Dissolution
- North Carolina LLC Application for Reinstatement following Administrative Dissolution
- North Carolina LLC Amendment of Articles of Organization

Operating Agreement

The operating agreement outlines your LLC's internal rules and regulations. Some events, such as change in ownership, may require you to update your operating agreement. BetterLegal may also assist you with this.

Licenses and Permits

Licenses and Permits requirement may vary in each state and depending on the nature of your business. These licenses and permits ensure that companies within specific industries are abiding by its rules and regulations. If you need assistance in obtaining the licenses and permits required for your LLC, you may check out BetterLegal's Permit and License Search service.

DBAs and Fictitious Names

A DBA (Doing Business As) or a Fictitious Name is an alternative name or nickname under which a business can operate. This allows a business to conduct business under a name other than its legal name. For example, an LLC named "ABC Tile LLC" might file for a DBA and conduct business under the name "North Carolina Tile".

A DBA or Fictitious name is not a separate legal entity, it is a name that the business can use for its transactions and it does not change the legal structure or the ownership of the business.

If you need help in registering a DBA for your LLC, reach out to us via chat or call to confirm if we can assist with your filing.


The type of taxes that each state requires vary. Meanwhile, all LLCs are subject to Federal Taxes due to the IRS and are reported through the LLC’s EIN. For the filing of your taxes, it is best to consult your accountant.

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