How To Form an LLC In Missouri

1. Choose a Name for Your Missouri Limited Liability Company

Check for an Available Name for the LLC in Missouri: You need to have a name for your LLC before you can file Articles of Organization in Missouri. You need to choose a name for your LLC that is not in use by another LLC in the state. Do a search of online databases and other records to make sure that the name that you want to use is available in Missouri. To access an online database of Missouri business entities you can go to the official website of the Missouri Secretary of State at Missouri LLC.

Reserve a Name for Your Missouri LLC: You do not need to reserve a name before you file to form an LLC in Missouri, but it might be a good idea to reserve a name if you are not able to file right away. To download the name reservation application form you can go to Missouri LLC. The name that you submit will be reserved for a period of 60 days. The filing fee for the name reservation application is $25.00.

Filing for Trademarks Protection and Doing an LLC Name Search: In your search of online databases and other Missouri records, you may find that the name that you want to use for your LLC is available in Missouri but in use by an LLC in another state. There may be certain restrictions on your use of the name. It is best to consult an attorney so that you can learn more about how these restrictions could affect your company. To read more about naming your LLC you can go to how to choose a name for your llc.   

Missouri LLC Name Requirements: You need to remember that in Missouri the names of LLCs must include the designation "LLC," “L.L.C.,” or "Limited Liability Company." The term “LLC” stands for “Limited Liability Company.” “LLC” does not stand for “LLC Corporation, “Limited Liability Corporation,” or anything else related to a corporation. An LLC is a different kind of business entity than a corporation.

2. Find a Registered Agent in Missouri

You need to have a registered agent before you file Articles of Organization in Missouri.  A registered agent acts as an agent for service of process and receives all tax documents and other legal and official notices for an LLC. You might want to use the services of one of the corporate service companies that offer registered agent services to LLCs for a fee of around $75.00 to $150.00.

3. File Articles of Organization with the Missouri Secretary of State

Minimum Requirements for the Articles of Organization: The Articles of Organization that you file for your Missouri LLC must contain the name and purpose of your LLC, the name and address of your registered agent, and the name and address of each organizer. You must also indicate whether the LLC will be managed by a manager or by the members of the LLC. The Articles of Organization must be signed by the organizer or organizers. You can download a form for this document online at Missouri LLC. You can also file online at Missouri LLC.

Other Missouri Legal Provisions: You can include other clauses in your Articles of Organization besides the minimum requirements. It is best to consult a lawyer for help in deciding what additional clauses are important to include in your Articles of Organization.

Where to Submit the Articles of Organization for Filing: You can submit your Articles of Organization to the office of the Secretary of State, Corporations Division, PO Box 778, Jefferson City, MO 65102. You could also deliver the document directly to the office in person at 600 W. Main Street, Rm. 322 in Jefferson City.

Filing Fee: The fee to file Articles of Organization in Missouri is $105.00 if you submit a paper form or $50.00 if you file online.

4. Form a Missouri Limited Liability Company Agreement (Operating Agreement)

After you form your LLC in Missouri by filing Articles of Organization, you need to create an LLC Agreement that will govern all aspects of your LLC and actions between the members of your LLC. An LLC Agreement can be customized to the needs of a particular company and will vary depending on the purpose of the LLC. LLCs are formed for various purposes. You may have formed an LLC to run a manufacturing company, an Internet retail business, or a construction company, or you may have formed an LLC to own real estate or operate a restaurant. When you are creating your LLC Agreement, you should consider how many owners the company will have, whether or not there will be outside investors, who the members will be, how money will be distributed among the members, and whether the LLC will be managed by a manager or by the members.  It is best to consult a lawyer and an accountant for assistance in creating an LLC Agreement that is in compliance with all state requirements and federal tax laws. 

Also, you need to prepare to make securities filings, obtain an EIN from the IRS, and obtain a business license after you have formed your Missouri LLC. You may want to use the services of one of the many corporate services companies that help LLCs to make these kinds of filings. To read more about how to get a business license in your city you can go to our online guide at http://www.cityapplications.com/business-licenses.html.

5.  Qualify Your Missouri LLC to Do Business in Other States

You need to qualify your LLC in order to do business in other states and even in your home state if the main office of your company is located outside the state of Missouri. Remember that you need to pay taxes in your home state when you do business in other states. To read more about how to register or qualify your LLC to do business in other states you can go to [Qualifying to Do Business in Other States].

6. Make Annual Filings and Pay Annual Taxes in Missouri

The state of Missouri only requires an annual report from corporations, but you should check with the office of the Secretary of State to see if there are other periodic filings that you need to make. You will need to file a tax report and pay taxes every year. Visit the official website of the Missouri Department of Revenue at Missouri LLC to find information about Missouri state taxes.

It can be a complex process to form an LLC in Missouri, especially if your LLC will have more than one owner. It is best to consult an accountant and an attorney so that you can have confidence that an LLC is right for your small business and that all your paperwork is being processed correctly.

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