Forming an LLC is generally a good idea if you’re starting a business. If your business is based in Wyoming, then you have to file your LLC with the Wyoming state government. That way, you’re legal to operate and you avoid unnecessary fines and penalties.
However, if it’s your first time to form an LLC, then you need to know that it will involve quite a bit of paperwork. And that paperwork doesn’t end once you’ve formally established your LLC. To maintain the good standing of your Limited Liability Corporation, you have to periodically send in more paperwork.
These paper works include filing your LLC Annual Reports. Wyoming law requires all LLCs based in Wyoming to file an Annual Report with the Secretary of the State of Wyoming.
What is an LLC Annual Report?
An LLC Annual Report is a report you file every year, and it’s meant to furnish the state government with the crucial details regarding your LLC. This report should include any updated info or changes that may have happened since the last filing period. As the annual report contains crucial data, it’s also sometimes referred to as a statement of information.
Every LLC in most states has to submit its annual reports. The required information may change a bit depending on the state, but usually, the report will contain the following information:
The name of the LLC
- The main business address of the LLC
- The names of each LLC member (owner), and their addresses
- All the crucial ID numbers for the LLC, such as the state entity number
- The main purpose of the LLC
- A list of authorized signatories
- Information regarding your registered agent
In the State of Wyoming, the annual reports can be filed online, through the mail, and in person. Submission through the mail and in person is somewhat similar to completing the process online, however, you’ll have to print the completed form from the webpage. The printed form will then be mailed along with a check for the filing fee to the address:
Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
In-person submission involves hand-delivering the printed form and the payment to the same address above.
Note that hard copy submissions can take between 3 to 5 working days to be processed.
The filing fee for the Annual report The State of Wyoming is 60 USD or more depending on the amount your LLC has in the Wyoming asset. If you have more than 250,000 USD, your fee will be calculated as 0.0002 multiplied by the total number of assets you have in the State of Wyoming. However, it may cost more if you fail to file the report on time, as it may result in the dissolution of your LLC. You’ll then have to spend money, time, and effort to reestablish the LLC.
Filing the Annual Report helps to make sure that your LLC is compliant with all state regulations. That should keep your LLC in good standing with the Wyoming state government, ensuring that your business enjoys all the LLC benefits and protections.
If you’re a member (owner) of a Wyoming LLC, you have to ensure that you send in these Annual Reports on time. Your LLC Annual report in the State of Wyoming is due on the first day of the month your LLC was formed/approved.
Your LLC’s first Annual Report is required for the year right after the LLC’s year of formation. For example, let’s assume your LLC was formed on January 27, 2021. Your first Annual Report will be due by January 1, 2022.
To keep you from forgetting, the state helpfully sends out email reminders on each of 60 days, 30 days, and 10 days before your due date (the first day of the month your LLC was formed/approved). These email reminders will be sent to the email address you listed on your application when you filed the Certificate of Formation. This is a great step by the State to Wyoming, however, it is advised that you set your own reminder to ensure that you do not forget.
It’s easy since you only have to go online. Here are the detailed steps you need to take to file your Wyoming LLC Annual report:
- Go to the Wyoming Annual Report Filing portal.
- Choose the File or print an Annual Report now option.
- Enter your LLC ID on the next page, you can search for your LLC ID here.
- Choose the name of your LLC from the list.
- Make all the necessary changes to your details as required.
- Choose the submit button after you have made and review all the changes.
- You’ll be required to make a payment of the 60 USD or more filing fee that the State Charges as the case may be with your Card by entering your Card detail.
- The next page will confirm that you’ve submitted your Annual Report for Filing and have made the payment.
Again, just make sure you do all this on or before the first day of the month that your LLC was formed/approved. Your annual report will be processed immediately after submission.
Who Should Do This Task?
Basically, the right person to do the task is the person with access to the necessary information that must be included in the Annual Report. This can be a member or LLC officer. It can be someone that the LLC authorizes to file on its behalf.
It’s very possible that you can foist this task to professionals, such as the online service provider that helped you with the LLC formation procedure and provided you with its registered agent services. This may be part of a package (usually the medium or premium package), though it may be available as an extra service for a fee with the basic formation package.
This does save you a lot of time and tedium. Plus, you can concentrate on your business while the service deals with all the necessary report filing.
In addition, the service provider can maintain your privacy, as it will take care to submit only the absolutely required information. The privacy benefits may include the following:
- The service provider can list their contact information, so that you won’t have to file your residential address and personal smartphone number.
- The service provider will also list only their IP address. This limits the connection between your smartphone, personal PC, and LLC work computers. That way, advertisers can’t track you online.
- In case that the report asks for bank and credit card information (when the filing suddenly comes with a fee), then the service providers also furnish their own bank and credit card information. You still protect your own bank and credit card info.
An online service provider charges much more reasonable rates, compared to what a lawyer might charge. A reputable service provider can also file the Annual Report as soon as possible, so you can be sure that it won’t be late and your LLC won’t suffer any fines and penalties (such as dissolution). You can check our top brands such as ZenBusiness or Northwest Registered Agent.
There’s no uniform fee as to what a service provider will charge for filing the Wyoming LLC Annual Report. The best brands in the business usually charge $100 or so.
If you’re the sole owner of the LLC and you have the time to spare, then it’s really no trouble doing this yourself. The main risk is that you may make a mistake, by entering the wrong information or by pressing the wrong keys. A professional with extensive experience with this task will be very unlikely to make those mistakes.
Still, it’s all up to you. Just make sure you get the Annual Report filing done for the year!