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How to File a South Dakota Annual Report

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How to File a South Dakota Annual Report

How to File a South Dakota Annual Report

If you have a limited liability company (LLC) in South Dakota, you must file an annual report to keep your business in good standing. It’s a relatively painless process that can be done online. 

What Is an Annual Report?

An annual report verifies your business information and tells the state of South Dakota that your LLC is still operating. In addition, keeping up with annual reports is a legal requirement that enables you to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing, which a bank or creditor might request to confirm your compliance. 

In South Dakota, the following information is required for the annual report: 

How to File an Annual Report in South Dakota

To file your annual report in South Dakota, visit the Secretary of State’s website and select “File an Annual Report.” 


On the next page, select “File Annual Report” again. Then you’ll enter your business ID number and follow the prompts to enter the required information. 

The fee for filing your annual report is $50 if you file online and $65 if you file by mail.

Reports are due on the first day of the anniversary month of your LLC’s formation.

If You Do Business in Other States

If you do business in other states, be sure to register in those states as a foreign LLC. For example, if your LLC is registered in South Dakota and you start doing business in Florida, you’ll need to register in Florida as a foreign LLC.

You’re generally required to register as a foreign LLC if:

  • You have a physical presence of any kind in that state 
  • You have employees in that state
  • You regularly meet with clients, managers, or investors in that state
  • You are licensed to do business in that state

Once you’ve registered as a foreign LLC, your business will need to follow the annual reporting requirements of that state and pay taxes in that state. 

In Closing

Filing an annual report in South Dakota is relatively easy but crucial to smooth business operations.

Failing to file an annual report can result in serious penalties, as can filing an inaccurate report.

Review all your business information and file your report on time to ensure your LLC remains in good standing.