New law supported by Rep. Meier reduces fees on small businesses to help create more jobs

The State of Illinois on December 20th officially reduced multiple fees placed on small businesses. The new law supported by State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) and recently signed by Governor Bruce Rauner will reduce startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs), the organizational structure preferred by many of Illinois’ 1.2 million small businesses.

“This new law should help create more jobs in our state as small businesses employ the majority of employees in Illinois,” said Rep. Meier. “Anytime we can help reduce the cost of doing business in our state, it’s good for jobs and customers. Before December 20th, Illinois’ cost for entrepreneurs to open their business was among the highest in the country. I think this new law will certainly help put our state another step towards prosperity.”

Public Act 100-0571 will encourage more businesses to form in Illinois rather than go to other states to escape high fees. The filing fee for new LLCs drops to $150 from $500 and annual report fees drop to $75 from $250. Previously, Illinois charged fees that were among the highest in the nation.

Rep. Meier added, “Since I have been in the legislature I have been supportive of reducing fees on small businesses. I’m glad to see this bill finally became law. I hope it’s a positive sign for more pro-jobs bills to be approved by the legislature.”

Some of the fee changes include:

Item
Before
Now
LLC Filing Fee
$500
$150
Reinstatement
$500
$200
Reserved Name Application
$300
$25
Annual Report
$250
$75
Amendments
$150
$50
Name Transfer
$100
$25



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