Setting up an LLC in Missouri
Creating an LLC in Missouri is simple. Get started with at least one member, a business name, and a business address and you will qualify to begin the process. The basics of the process are simple, but there are a few things you must consider after you’ve set up your business. If you need help, there are many organizations that specialize in setting up a new LLC in Missouri.
These organizations can help you access your business idea, determine if the LLC is the right entity for you, and walk you through every step on how to form an LLC in Missouri
Your business name is important. It announces you to the marketplace. It is also the first step in forming an LLC in Missouri. Missouri does not allow two businesses to have the same name. You must keep this in mind when choosing your LLC’s name. Choose a name that is unique. To be certain, you can check the Missouri Secretary of State’s Website for other business names to verify if the name you are thinking of choosing is already registered. If you are having trouble with this, there are organizations that can assist you.
You must also designate an ending to your business name that will show that it’s an LLC. Some designations to choose are:
Your LLC name cannot be named after another entity type offered by the State of Missouri. Consider the other entity types like “corporation” or “nonprofit.” You cannot have these titles in your business name as an LLC.
Missouri requires a registered agent listed on your LLC. A registered agent is a point of contact that is listed for your business with the Secretary of State’s office. They should be a person or organization that can be available during normal business hours to receive official mail and correspondence that may be sent to the business. The registered agent must be a Missouri resident and they must have a valid address.
Be sure your registered agent is someone or an organization that you can trust. The registered agent will be the only point of contact for your business for official business communication such as court documents, IRS communications, etc.
The registered agent does not have to be a member of the LLC. They can be a member of your family, a trusted friend, or it can be an organization that you’ve hired to act as your registered agent. Those who use an organization as their registered agent will have usually used that same organization to form the business set up. This is a good path to take as it frees you up to focus on building your business operations.
Articles of Organization
Your LLC Missouri starts with articles of organization. The Articles of Organization is a form filed with the Missouri Secretary of State petitioning to legalize your business as a new LLC.
Filing articles of organization is simple and requests information about your business name, registered agent, and managing members.
You have two ways to file articles of organization with Missouri Secretary of State LLC.
• By Mail
The cost to file by mail is $105. Your new LLC will be approved within 5 -10 business days.
The cost to file online is $50. Your new LLC will be approved immediately.
We recommend filing online to save money and time. LLC Formations will briefly walk you through the steps for each below, or you can hire us to do this process for you.
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File by Mail
To file by mail, download the Missouri Articles of Organization (Form LLC1)
Complete all sections of the form and return it by mail to:
PO Box 778
600 W. Main Street, Room 322
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Follow these steps to file your Missouri LLC articles of organization online.
1. Create an account with the Secretary of State’s Website.
2. Select “Business Entity Online Filing”
3. Click “Create LLC” under “LLC Filings”
4. Under “Create New Entity” tab, select “Domestic” and then click begin
5. If you reserved a name, enter the name registration number, if not, leave blank
6. Enter the name of your LLC, ensure LLC or one of the alternatives mentioned above is
included at the end of your name. This will be your business’s legal name.
1. Now enter all the information about your LLC:
1. Duration – Choose Perpetual unless you have a dissolution date
2. Managed by – choose member unless there is another manager to list
3. Purpose: List a purpose such as, “For operating business within all applicable Missouri laws”
1. Future Effective Date: Leave blank to use filing date as the effective date or choose a future effective date
1. Series LLC: Leave blank
1. List your Registered Agent
2. Determine if your RA is an individual or another business
3. Add the LLC’s organizer. This should be you, or whoever is completing the forms on the LLC’s behalf. (The organizer does not have to be a member of the LLC.)
1. Sign and agree to terms
2. Hit next to go to the payment page
Once you’ve submitted payment and your payment method has been approved, you will immediately be approved for your Missouri LLC. You will see three PDF documents available for download. They should be your certificate of organization, a copy of articles of organization, and an order summary.
Create an Operating Agreement for your LLC. The Operating Agreement is the blueprint for your LLC. It will outline how the business should run.
The operating agreement will govern how members will manage the LLC. It should give directives on how members will handle disagreements, vote on issues, and how much each member holds liability in the organization.
A precise operation agreement helps to ensure your LLC will run smoothly. Operating agreement templates can be found online, or you can work with an organization that can help you with developing a good operating agreement.
No Annual Report
Missouri does not require an annual report. In most states, an LLC has to be renewed through a process called annual registration. You’re in luck because Missouri LLCs do not have to register annually.
Although there is no annual registration, you will still have to file taxes on your revenue annually. You will be responsible for federal, state and local taxes. See the following sections to become acquainted with some of the requirements you will need to handle your tax situations. Also, consider hiring a firm that can help you navigate these topics and ensure you are in compliance
The Employee Identification Number (EIN) is a necessary tax tool for your LLC. The IRS requires you to have one if you will be earning revenue through your LLC. The EIN is similar to a personal SSN in that it allows the IRS to track your business’s financial identity.
The EIN is also used for payroll purpose as well as conducting business with other businesses. Securing an EIN Is simple. Got to the IRS website to get started.
To obtain an EIN, you must go to the online EIN application. Complete the online application, and you will receive your EIN after completing the application.
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In most cases, your business will require a business license. Business licenses can range from license to conduct professional services, to service, to basic licenses that allow certain municipalities to tax your business for local taxes.
Consider the licenses for the city you will be doing business in and ensure that you are in compliance. Here are some quick links below. They will help you navigate certain state license information as well as local and state taxes you may be exposed to.
Missouri Tax ID Number – you must obtain a federal EIN before completing this.
We recommend hiring a tax professional with sorting out your LLC’s tax profile. Take a look at these quick links to get an idea of the tax knowledge you will need to have to be properly set up for Missouri taxes.
These topics show you how to set up an LLC in Missouri. Consider hiring a firm that will take each step and execute them on your behalf. It will give you peace of mind that your business will be taken care of. Our next guide is on starting an LLC in Montana.