BizFilings

We reviewed BizFiling's legal forms and business formation highlights and shortcomings, and included comparisons with ZenBusiness and Incfile.

Updated on May 27th, 2020

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BizFilings, by Wolters Kluwer, is a provider of online legal forms, as well as other online legal services to assist business with incorporation, forming LLCs, running businesses, and more.

Updates:

Updated 15th of May 2020

We included comparisons with ZenBusiness, Incfile, and Northwest Registered Agent, reviewed BizFilings' highlights and shortcomings, and added more information about BizFilings' formation packages.

Pros and Cons:

Pros

  • A large portion of BizFilings's legal forms and documents are available for free.
  • All plans include Registered Agent service.

Cons

  • Expensive formation packages.
  • Lack of reviews to get a clear impression of BizFiling's offerings.
  • EIN Registration service is extra with the Basic and Standard plans.

Review:

BizFilings is a well-established formation and legal service company that can save your business plenty of time and money. With this service, users can choose to form a corporation or Limited Liability Company and have peace of mind that the process will be fast and compliant with state laws.

Highlights:

All of BizFilings' formation packages include Registered Agent service, name availability searches, and access to BizComply, a 24/7 business monitoring service and document library. Users that value access to various legal forms will enjoy BizFiling's comprehensive selection of free and customizable legal documents.

Shortcomings:

BizFilings' three business formation packages are considerably more expensive than its competitors IncFile and ZenBusiness. In addition, they're missing key documents and services, including an EIN registration service and an operating agreement. If you wish to add these services to your formation package, you can expect to pay additional costs that range between $20.00 and $199.00 per service.

Reputation:

BizFilings has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website with only one customer review. BizFilings has a limited collection of customer reviews available online but the company did receive a five-star rating by Startup Savant and a four-star rating from Best LLC Services.

Pricing:

Plan Name

Pricing

Basic

$99.00 + state fees

Standard

$299.00 + state fees

Complete

$356.00 + state fees

BizFilings vs. Incfile
BizFilings vs. Incfile:

Incfile is cheaper than BizFilings, with prices ranging between $0.00 and $299.00. This is a significant price difference when compared to BizFilings' plans, which range between $99.00 and $356.00. Incfile's plans are also equipped with features missing from BizFilings, including an operating agreement, business email, and an EIN registration.

BizFilings vs. Incfile Comparison:

Features

BizFilings

Incfile

Starting Price

$99.00 + state fees

$0.00 + state fees

Fastest Filing Speed

Varies by state.

Next day (Gold & Platinum packages only)

Online Access

x

LLC Operating Agreement

Employer Identification Number

Registered Agent Service

Business License Application Package

x

BizFilings vs. ZenBusiness
BizFilings vs. ZenBusiness:

BizFilings and ZenBusiness both offer three formation packages that include name availability searches and Registered Agent services. However, for a cheaper price, ZenBusiness's packages are more feature-packed, offering tools not found in BizFilings' packages, such as an operating agreement, EIN registration, and a business website.

BizFilings vs. ZenBusiness Comparison:

Features

BizFilings

ZenBusiness

Starting Price

$99.00 + state fees

$49.00 + state fees

Fastest Filing Speed

Varies by state.

Three business days

Online Access

x

LLC Operating Agreement

Employer Identification Number

Registered Agent Service

Business License Application Package

x

BizFilings vs. Northwest Registered Agent
BizFilings vs. Northwest Registered Agent:

Both BizFilings and Northwest Registered Agent offer formation packages that include Registered Agent services. BizFilings is also $134.00 more expensive than Northwest, yet its plans are missing tools like online document tracking and business website development.

BizFilings vs. Northwest Registered Agent Comparison:

Features

BizFilings

Northwest Registered Agent

Starting Price

$99.00 + state fees

$225.00 + state fees

Fastest Filing Speed

Varies by state.

Varies by state.

Online Access

x

LLC Operating Agreement

Employer Identification Number

x

Registered Agent Service

Business License Application Package

x

BizFilings Plans:

Basic.

BizFilings' Basic plan is quite bare, missing many services and features typically found in entry-level plans, including an operating agreement and EIN registration. The plan does, however, include a name availability search, Registered Agent service, 24/7 business monitoring tool, and the preparation and filing of all documents needed to form your business with the state.

Standard.

The Standard plan is $130.00 more expensive than the Basic plan and provides all the tools needed to keep your business compliant. The package includes all the features listed in the Basic plan, a sample operating agreement and other customizable LLC forms, as well as an LLC kit and seal.

Complete.

BizFilings recommends its Complete package as the best value despite it only including two additional services; EIN registration and an informational compliance DVD. Users will still need to pay extra for more advanced services like sales and payroll tax registration.

At a Glance:

Offers

Basic

Standard

Complete

Package Fee

$99.00 + state fees

$229.00 + state fees

$359.00 + state fees

Registered Agent Service

Employer Identification Number

x

x

Operating Agreement

x

LLC Kit & Seal

x

Overnight Shipping

x

x

Other Services by BizFilings:

BizFilings provides interested parties with the option of adding services to the formation package or purchasing the service separately. However, some documents or licenses, such as an operating agreement or an EIN, are necessary to complete the process.

Services

Pricing

Overnight Shipping

$20.00

Compliance DVD: Now That You're Formed

$39.00

Certified Copy of State-Filed Documents (state fees may apply)

$39.00 + state fees

Expedited Processing Service

$60.00 + state fees

Federal Tax ID (EIN) Obtainment Service

$79.00

Business License Application Package

$99.00

Sales Tax Registration

$199.00

Payroll Tax Registration

$199.00

ADP Payroll Service for Businesses with Employees

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Key Information:

Legal Name

Business Filings Incorporated

Founder

Brian Wiegand

Founding Date

Jan 01, 1996

Address

8020 Excelsior Dr. Suite 200 Madison, WI 53717, United States

Number of Employees

750

Number of Customers

99

Email

info@bizfilings.com

Telephone

1 (800) 981-7183

Website

https://www.bizfilings.com/

FAQs:

Is there a BizFilings free trial?

There is no mention of a free trial, but BizFilings has a wide range of free forms you can download on their website.

What are some BizFilings alternatives?