Tennessee LLC Annual Report

Last updated on November 23, 2022

LLCs formed in Tennessee need to file this report with the Tennessee Secretary of State each and every year. i.e., annually. Read about how to file this report.

File report online

Visit the official state government’s website to submit annual report online.

Visit Tennessee official website
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What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company

LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.

Limited liability

Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.


A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Sole proprietorship

Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.

Why file the report?

Tennessee LLC Annual Report

An annual report is used to keep your business records up to date with the State of Tennessee.

Filed every year

Each and every LLCs formed in Tennessee must file this report every year.

Update your business information

The annual report is primarily used to update business data such as the Registered agent address and names and addresses of LLC officials (i.e., members, managers, directors, or officers). However, Registered agent changes filing requires a separate fee.

File Online or via mail

Annual report can be filed either online or by mail.

Change in Business Address

You can also change your principal office address by updating it on the annual report when it is due.

Tennessee actions

Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Tennessee:

How to file Annual Report in Tennessee?

Follow these steps:

1. Visit official website

Every Tennessee LLC is required to file an annual report each year. Your Tennessee LLC Annual report is due annually by the 1st day of the 4th month following your fiscal year-end. For entities with a 12/31 fiscal year-end, the due date is April 1 of each year.

Head over to Tennessee's official website to file this report.

Filing fee

$300 onwards

The Annual Report must be paid by the 1st day of the 4th month after the end of your LLC’s fiscal year to avoid issues.

LLC Annual Report

Every LLC has to file this report in Tennessee to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing Annual Report

Tennessee LLC is expected to file this report annually

  • File it online on Tennessee Secretary of State website


Online fee

$300 onwards

Online processing time


Failure to pay

Tennessee does not charge late fees if you miss your filing deadline but may dissolve or revoke your LLC after 60 days of failing to file an annual report.

Articles of Organization

In Tennessee, Articles of Organization is the form you file with the Secretary of State to form an LLC. It contains the articles of formation for the LLC.

Filing Articles of Organization

There are a couple of ways to file

  • File it online on Secretary of State website


  • Mail a form to the state department



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Attn: Corporate Filing

312 Rosa L. Parks Ave.

Nashville, TN 37243

Online fee


Online processing time

24 hours

Mailing fee


Mail processing time

3 - 5 days


Filing fee is $50 per member, with a minimum of $300 and a maximum $3000.

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Tennessee. Tennessee maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.

Search for names

Go to the official website of the Tennessee business information search tool to see if the name you want is available.

Searching fee



You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Tennessee business services. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

120 days

LLC naming guidelines

The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.

  • Tenn. Code Ann. §48-207-101


Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    Must contain the words "limited liability company," or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language; provided, that they are written in roman characters or letters.

  • 2

    Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.

  • 3

    Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.

  • 4

    Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.

Frequently asked questions

LLC Annual Report in Tennessee

It is very important to maintain full compliance in Tennessee. Filing these reports helps you protect your personal assets by maintaining limited liability and also to be in good standing with the state. Read our guides to learn how to start and manage a business in Tennessee.

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