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How to Start an LLC in Mississippi

To start an LLC in Mississippi you must file a Certificate of Formation with the Mississippi Secretary of State, pay a $50 filing fee, and get an EIN from the IRS. The complete steps to forming a Mississippi LLC are as follows:

  1. File a Mississippi LLC Certificate of Formation
  2. Pay the Mississippi Secretary of State $50
  3. Wait to receive your approved Certificate
  4. Get a Federal EIN tax ID for the LLC
  5. Create a Mississippi LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Take these documents to the bank and get a Mississippi LLC bank account
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The State of Mississippi does not accept paper filings. Our free PDF is for informative purposes only. Please submit any Mississippi Business Filings online.

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How to File Mississippi LLC Certificate of Formation

To form a Mississippi LLC, you file the LLC Certificate of Formation in the following steps:
Step 1 Choose a name for your new LLC
Step 2 Decide which email you’d like to list publicly
Step 3 Choose when you’d like your LLC to begin existence
Step 4 Decide if you want to hire a registered agent service to minimize public disclosures
Step 5 File online and pay $50 (plus processing fee) with a credit card or print your completed form and mail to the Secretary of State (PO Box 136, Jackson MS 39205-0136) with a check or money order for $50

How Long Does it Take to Start a Mississippi LLC?


Fastest and Simplest 1 day

File your Certificate of Formation online yourself and get your approval right away.


Almost Fastest (and some might say better) 1 day

Hire Northwest, fill out a questionnaire and sit back and let our Corporate Guides file everything correctly online the first time.


If It’s Your Only Option 3-5 days

The Mississippi Secretary of State doesn’t provide a paper form, so if you want to submit your Certificate of Formation by mail, you still have to complete the whole process online—exactly as if you were submitting it online—and then print it out and mail it in. Really, the only reason to do this would be if you had to pay the filing fee by check or money order. Otherwise, you’re going through the hassle of printing and mailing your Certificate just to wait longer for your approval.

What is the Cost of a Mississippi LLC?

The Mississippi Secretary of State charges a $50 filing fee for the LLC Certificate of Formation. Online processing also has a variable convenience fee that is typically around $4.

Hire Northwest and your total out-the-door cost is $279 including state fees and a full year of registered agent service.

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How much does an LLC in Mississippi cost each year?

There’s no filing fee for a Mississippi LLC Annual Report.

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What are the Mississippi LLC taxes?

The Mississippi personal net income tax rates are:

3%: $0 to $4,999
4%: $5,000 to $9,999
5%: $10,000+

The state sales tax in Mississippi is 7%, but cities can add up to 1% more, making the maximum total possible sales tax 8%.

If your LLC chooses to be taxed as a C or S corporation, note that Mississippi has a corporate franchise tax. The corporate franchise tax is $2.50 per $1,000 of either capital employed or assessed property value in Mississippi (whichever is greater). There’s a minimum corporate franchise tax of $25.

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Is a Mississippi LLC Registered Agent Required?

Yes, LLCs in Mississippi are required to have a registered agent. Your agent will have to list the address where they’ll be regularly available, and that address will become a part of the permanent public record for your Mississippi LLC. That means if you decide to be your own agent and list your own personal address, you not only have to be around during business hours every day, you’re also likely to end up with a mailbox full of junk—or even unwanted visitors on your doorstep. And if you switch up your agent or address as your business grows, you’ll be stuck paying the $10 fee to file a Statement of Change each time.

Being your own registered agent is a lot of work, and you’re already busy running a business. Instead, consider hiring a commercial registered agent like Northwest. When you hire us, our address goes on your public documents. Our address will remain consistent even as your business grows and changes. We’ll deal with the spam and solicitors, and we’ll be ready and waiting to accept your legal notifications, so you’re not tied to your desk. Consistency, privacy, availability—at Northwest, we give you everything you need to run your business hassle-free.

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Mississippi LLC Versus Mississippi Corporation:

A Mississippi LLC has fewer state filing fees than a corporation. While the initial fee to start either an LLC or a corporation is the same ($50), yearly fees are less for LLCs. Mississippi LLCs don’t have a filing fee at all for their Annual Reports, but corporations have to fork over $23.25 every year for their reports.

Besides being cheaper, LLCs also tend to be easier to manage. New business owners and small businesses often prefer LLCs because they don’t have to worry about appointing directors and officers, authorizing stock or holding annual meetings. Members can even run their LLC themselves without any managers at all. Considering a corporation in the Magnolia State? Here’s information on Mississippi incorporation.

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Do I Need a Tax ID Number (FEIN) for a Mississippi LLC?

You’ll need a FEIN in order to register for taxes with the Mississippi Department of Revenue—so if you have to file state taxes (such as sales and use taxes), you’ll need a FEIN. Your bank will almost certainly request a FEIN when you open a business bank account. On the federal level, you’re required to have a FEIN if you have employees or if you file certain federal excise taxes. Basically, nearly every LLC is going to need a FEIN. Even if you aren’t specifically required to have one, FEINs can be useful. Instead of handing over your personal social security number, you can use your FEIN when establishing credit with a vendor. You can apply for a FEIN for free directly from the IRS. Or, you can hire us to apply for one on your behalf when you sign up for services with Northwest.

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Does a Mississippi LLC Need a Business License?

Mississippi doesn’t require a statewide general business license, but cities and counties may have their own licensing requirements. For example, businesses operating in Jackson are required to get a city business license.

What is a Mississippi LLC Annual Report?

Your Mississippi LLC Annual Report is a form you file online each year to update your LLC’s ownership and contact information with the Secretary of State. Forget to file? The Secretary of State will revoke your registration or dissolve your LLC after four months. At Northwest, we’ll help you remember—when you sign up for our services, we send you reminder notifications for your annual reports. Want to cross this annoying task off your “to-do” list altogether? Hire Northwest to file your reports for you.

Does a Mississippi LLC Need an Operating Agreement?

Creating an LLC without writing an operating agreement is like camping in the summer without mosquito repellent—it’s not illegal or impossible, but why in the world would you want to? Your operating agreement is one of the most critical internal documents of your LLC. It puts in writing how your business actually functions—how much each person invested, how profits and losses are allocated, and what happens if you shut the company down. This information is essential for the members and managers in your LLC. It’s also useful for loads of other people you do business with. Lenders, investors, and potential business partners will all want to see your operating agreement. You usually can’t even open a business bank account without one.

That’s why we give you a free operating agreement, specific to your management style, when you hire Northwest to form your Mississippi LLC. We give you other free LLC forms too, like resolutions and membership certificates. We were the first website to give out free LLC forms, and while imitators have flooded the web with loads of junk since, we’ve spent years refining our forms. We’re proud of our forms, and for good reason—over a million LLCs have used our free LLC forms to help form and maintain their businesses.


Mississippi LLC Certificate of Formation Requirements:

Company Name

Your name must include “Limited Liability Company” or “LLC.” Don’t use any words or abbreviations that could suggest you’re a different type of business than what you are. (No calling your bakery “Mississippi Bank of Frosted Delights” or “The Donut Corporation.”)

Business Email

This is where the Secretary of State will send any official notifications. Like everything in your Certificate of Formation, the email you include here becomes part of the permanent public record for your LLC. Avoid an inbox full of spam and use our email when you hire Northwest.

Effective Date

If you want your LLC to start right away, you can skip this section. If you’d prefer to put off your start date (maybe the next tax period is right around the corner), you can put a future effective date up to 90 days in the future.


These are numerical codes that correspond to specific business activities. Choose the one that best matches what your business does. It’s okay if it’s not a perfect match.

Registered Agent and Office

You can enter either an individual or a commercial registered agent. If you choose an individual, you must also include the Mississippi street address where they’ll be available during business hours. Or you can keep it simple with a commercial registered agent like Northwest.

Mississippi LLC Organizer

A member, manager or organizer can sign and submit your Mississippi LLC Certificate of Formation. Organizers aren’t part of the LLC; they’re people like us who have been authorized to file your form on your behalf. Hire Northwest and we’ll be your organizer.

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