Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin.

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 Wisconsin 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: Yes

State Sales Tax: 5%
State Income Tax: 7.9%
Unemployment Insurance: 0% – 12%

DBAs do not require a registered agent.
Franchise tax is dependent on the business type. This is either a franchise tax or corporate income tax.

Wisconsin Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Registration Fees Applicable Form
Limited Partnership $70 Certificate of Limited Partnership – Form 302
Foreign Limited Partnership $75 Foreign Registration Statement Limited Partnership (Form 321)
Limited Liability Partnership $100 Statement of Qualification Limited Liability Partnership (Form 602)
Foreign Limited Liability Partnership  $100  Limited Liability Partnership (Form 621)
Business Corporation $100 Articles of Incorporation Business Corporation (Form 2)
Foreign For-Profit Corporation  $100 Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Business Corporation (Form 21)
For-Profit Statutory Close Corporation  $100 Articles of Incorporation for a Statutory Close Corporation
Nonstock Corporation  $35 Articles of Incorporation Nonstock Corporation (Form 102)
Foreign Nonstock Corporation  $100 Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Nonstock Corporation (Form 121)
Limited Liability Company (LLC)  $170 Mail or $130 Online Articles of Organization (Form 502)
Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC)  $100 Foreign Registration Statement Limited Liability Company (Form 521)

Not Sure Which Type of Business You Need?

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Key Wisconsin Government Resources

Wisconsin Secretary of State

P.O. Box 7848
Madison, WI 53707-7848

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions

4822 Madison Yards Way
North Tower
Madison, WI 53705

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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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