Starting a Business in Iowa

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The Basics

Our years of experience in filing Iowa LLCs and Iowa Corporations have allowed us to be able to process the documents efficiently and correctly. Our experienced staff will take the questions out of the paperwork and prepare the required documents for your review and signature while you take care of other important aspects of running a small business. We’ll also include website, email, and phone service at no additional upfront cost so you can get on the web and start fielding client calls in minutes.

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Doing Business in Iowa

Business Maintenance

All Iowa Corporations and LLCs Must File: 

  • Articles of Incorporation
    File your Articles of Incorporation or Certificate of Organization with the Iowa Secretary of State and pay the filing fee. The cost to form an Iowa corporation or Iowa LLC is $50.
  • Beneficial Ownership Information Report
    Nearly all businesses formed by filing with the state of Iowa must file a federal Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) following business formation. You can file online through FinCEN at no cost. Or, take advantage of our professional BOI report filing service for just $9.
  • Biennial Report
    Iowa corporations and LLCs must file the Iowa Business Report every other year after incorporation. The report is due by April 1st every other year. Corporations file reports in even numbered years, while LLCs file reports in odd numbered years. The biennial report fee is $60 for both entities, and can be filed online or by mail.

Iowa Secretary of State
Secretary of State
Business Services Division
First Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines IA 50319

Iowa Business Taxes

Personal Income Tax
The Iowa individual income tax rate ranges from .36% to 8.98%.

Corporate Business Tax
The tax rate for Iowa corporations is 6% on the first $25,000; 8% on the next $75,000; 10% on the next $150,000; and 12% on all over $250,000.

Iowa Business License

Iowa does not have a statewide general business license, but you will need to apply for the appropriate licenses and permits at the local level.


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