Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in Louisiana

At CorpNet our mission is to help you start your business and help you keep it in compliance. To assist you in your entrepreneurial journey, we’ve collected answers to the most frequently asked questions small business owners have about starting and maintaining a business in the state of Louisiana.

Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop solution for all of your business, payroll tax registrations, and compliance filings. And if we can help you along the way, our team of entity filings and compliance experts is just a call away.

Quick Facts for Starting a Louisiana Business

Expedited Services Available: Yes
New Business Publishing Required: No
Private Registration Available: No

Registered Agent Required: Yes
Annual Report Required: Yes
Franchise Tax Required: No

State Sales Tax: 4.45%
State Income Tax: 3.5% – 7.5%
Unemployment Insurance: .09% – 6.2%

DBAs do not require a registered agent.

Louisiana Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Fees Applicable Form
General Partnership $100 Partnership Registration (SS342)
Limited Partnership (LP) $100 Partnership Registration (SS342)
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $125 Application of a Registered Limited Liability Partnership (SS975)
Domestic Profit Corporation $75 Articles of Incorporation (SS399)
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation $75 Articles of Incorporation (SS395)
Profit Limited Liability Company (LLC) $100 Articles of Organization (SS365)
Low Profit Limited Liability Company (LLC) $100 Articles of Organization (SS1L3)
Foreign Partnership $150 Statement and Affidavit of Registration of Foreign Partnership (SS344)
Foreign Corporation $125 Certificate of Authority (SS326)
Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) $150 Application for Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana (SS972)
Foreign Corporation $90 Certificate of Authority (FBE)
Foreign Limited Partnership $90 Certificate of Authority (FBE)
Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships​ $90 Statement of Foreign Qualification (FNL)
Foreign Business Trust $90 Certificate of Authority (FBE)

Not Sure Which Type of Business You Need?

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Key Louisiana Government Resources

Louisiana Secretary of State
PO Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

Louisiana Department of Revenue
617 North Third St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Need a Small Business Compliance Checklist?

Business compliance can slip through the cracks! As your existing business evolves, you are required to file notify the state of any changes. Many business owners lose sight of these requirements and fail to realize they haven’t met compliance requirements.

Use our compliance checklist to determine which business filings you need to perform to manage this year’s activities and changes.

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