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If your company was not incorporated in Nebraska, but you wish to do business there, you need to apply for a Nebraska Certificate of Authority.
Known as Foreign Qualification, this process allows a company formed in Delaware or any other state to legally transact business in Nebraska.
Existing LLCs and Corporations have the same document requirements in this state when applying for Foreign Qualification:
Nebraska requires an application to be submitted along with a fee of $120 for LLCs or $145 for corporations ($40 for non-profit corporations). We have seen that there are often additional processing fees from the state which add an extra $10-$20 to the total cost.
In addition, you must appoint and maintain a Nebraska Registered Agent at all times. We can provide this service for just $99 per year.
Harvard Business Services can assist with your application so you don’t have to deal with the Nebraska Secretary of State directly. We do charge our own fee for this service, in addition to state fees. The exact fee can vary based upon whether your company is already filed and whether you need us to obtain additional documents to meet the state’s requirements. Contact us for an exact quote.
If you plan to do business in the state of Nebraska and are incorporated elsewhere, you will generally have to obtain Foreign Qualification. Typically, “doing business” is defined by activities such as maintaining a physical office or having employees in the state.
Like many other states, Nebraska’s state statutes specify some example activities that do not constitute doing business in the state, and therefore do not require Foreign Qualification.
The following activities, among others, do not constitute transacting business in Nebraska:
Nebraska Revised Statutes – 21-2,203
Keep in mind that even if the state of Nebraska does not require a Certificate of Authority for a specific activity, a bank, vendor or another party can still require one in order to establish a relationship.
If you have Foreign Qualification for a corporation in Nebraska, you will be required to file a biennial (every two years) report, due in even-numbered years, in order to keep your company in good standing status with the state. The fee is due on March 1st.
There is a fee associated with this report, but the amount of the fee is dependent on the total value of real estate and personal property owned by the entity. Here is the specific language used in Nebraska Statute 21-306:
For foreign LLCs, a biennial report must still be filed; however, it is due in odd-numbered years and the fee is just $13. This fee is due on April 1st.
Since 1981, Harvard Business Services, Inc. has helped form 186,938 Delaware corporations and LLCs for people all over the world.
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