Nevada State Business License for LLC
The Nevada state business license is an important aspect of Nevada LLC tax as without this license, an LLC will not become operational in the state. The business license is an annual requirement and you can apply for it along with the Articles of Organization. The business license has to be renewed each year when filing LLC annual list.
Nevada State Business Income Tax
Nevada has one of the most competitive business tax climates because there are no corporate income taxes, margin tax, or gross receipts tax. Hence, the state avoids heavy tax burdens that impair business activities and growth. The Nevada business income tax that an LLC has to file is known as the Modified Business Tax (MBT). The primary advantage of the MBT is ease of compliance and simplicity.
The Nevada Modified Business Tax (MBT) is basically a payroll tax that is levied on a limited-liability company irrespective of the number of owners. This Nevada business income tax is levied on those entities that are required to pay the unemployment insurance tax. It is collected on a quarterly basis.
This is a unique tax that exists only in Nevada and MBT has two classifications – general business and financial institutions. The Nevada LLC tax rate for general businesses is 1.475% and 2% for financial institutions on the sum of all wages taxable after deducting the cost of employee health insurance. However, the first $50,000 of gross wages of a Nevada LLC will not be taxable.
It is important to note that even if the wages are less than $50,000 and there is $0 tax due, the tax return has to be filed by the limited liability company. The Modified Nevada business income tax is paid to the Department of Taxation by the last day of the quarter.
Nevada Commerce Tax Return
On June 5, 2015, the Nevada Governor introduced the new “Commerce Tax” effective July 1, 2015 after the approval of Assembly Bill 380 and Senate Bill 483. This Nevada LLC tax also known as commerce tax will be levied on any business entity that has gross revenue of more than $4 million.
A “business entity” for this type of Nevada business income tax includes a partnership, corporation, limited liability company, sole proprietorship, and any other business entity engaged in business activity in the state. However, at the same time a limited-liability company will be excluded from the commerce tax if it derives at least 90% of their federal gross income from specific investment activities. An LLC will also be excluded from commerce tax if it is confined to business activities like owning, maintenance as well as management of intangible investments, including patents, bonds, trademarks, stocks, and trade names.
The Nevada LLC tax rate for commerce tax is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and hence varies from 0.051% to 0.331%. Let’s look at an example:
The NAICS code for Agriculture, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting is 11 and the Nevada LLC tax rate is 0.063%. If the business activity of an LLC focuses on Administrative and Support Services, whose NAICS code is 561 then the Nevada commerce tax rate would be 0.154%. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind that if a Nevada limited liability company is engaged in a business in more than one industry category then the tax rate would be determined by the industry category in which the gross revenue generated is higher.