How To Start An LLC In Missouri
To start an LLC in Missouri, you must file Articles of Organization with the Missouri Corporations Division. You can file the document online or by mail. The Articles of Organization cost $50 to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your Missouri LLC. However, to actually ready the LLC to do business, you must complete several additional steps.
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Missouri LLC Articles of Organization Requirements
To form a Missouri LLC, you must complete and file the Articles of Organization with the Missouri Corporations Division. See the document below and click on any number to see what information is required in the corresponding section.
Your name must include “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company” or an abbreviation. Most businesses go with “LLC.”
While you can put something more specific if you want, most businesses list a general purpose that says the LLC is organized to conduct any lawful business in the State of Missouri.
You can list an individual agent (like yourself) or a commercial registered agent (like Northwest). The office must be a Missouri street address, and it will become part of the permanent public record for your Missouri LLC. Hire us and our address will go here.
You’ll tick a box indicating that your LLC is managed by either members or managers. Most LLCs are managed by members, but if you don’t plan to run the day-to-operations of your business, you can hand over the decision-making power to one or more managers.
If you don’t want an end date for your LLC, choose “perpetual” on the online form (or leave the line blank on the paper form). If you do want a self-destruct timer on your business, include an end date in your Articles of Organization.
Your organizer is the person who signs and submits your Articles of Organization. Organizers have to include their names and street addresses, but they’re not required to be members or managers. When you hire Northwest, we’ll be your organizer.
If you plan to form a Series LLC (a kind of LLC that can establish one or more “series” that each have separate asset protection), you can complete this section. Most LLCs don't choose to become Series LLCs.
If you want your LLC to start right away, skip this section. If you want to delay your start date (maybe the next tax period is on the horizon), you can choose a start date up to 90 days in the future.
How much does it cost to start a Missouri LLC?
The Missouri Corporations Division charges a $50 fee for filing Articles of Organization online. There’s also a $1.25 credit card processing fee or a $0.50 eCheck fee. Filing with a paper form comes with a much higher price tag—a $105 filing fee.
Hire Northwest, and your total, out-the-door cost is $276.25, including state filing and processing fees, as well as a full year of registered agent service.
How long does it take to start a Missouri LLC?
File yourself online and receive your approval right away. Got time and money to burn? File your Missouri Articles of Organization by mail. Not only will it take much, much longer to process (5-10 business days), but you’ll pay over double the price.
If you hire Northwest to start your LLC, we file online and typically have your Missouri LLC formed within 24 hours.
Does a Missouri LLC need a registered agent?
Every LLC in Missouri must have a Missouri registered agent. Your registered agent is required to list their name and address in their Articles of Organization and be available during regular business hours at the address listed.
That may not sound like much, but your Articles are part of the permanent public record of your LLC—and so is any address you list. List your own address and you may end up with a mailbox full of junk or weirdos on your doorstep. And every time you update your address, you’re stuck paying $10 to file a Statement of Change. Being regularly available is also much tougher than it sounds, especially if you’re busy running a business. You have meetings to attend, suppliers to visit—heck, just days off for a float trip.
Quality registered agent service takes work—and we should know. At Northwest, we’ve been providing expert registered agent service for years. As your business grows, you won’t have to worry about updating your addresses—our address stays the same. We’re happy to sort through spam and be available to accept your legal notifications. We’ll scan and send them to you as well, so you can stay on top of things, no matter where you are.
Create the Missouri LLC Operating Agreement
Do I need an Operating Agreement?
An operating agreement isn’t required by any state agency, but you should absolutely have an operating agreement for your Missouri LLC.
Why is an Operating Agreement important?
Because it’s not a legal requirement, it may be tempting to skip or put off writing an operating agreement—but you’ll need it before you know it. Members and managers will want the LLC’s basic information and operations in writing: who invested what, how profits and losses are allocated and what happens if the business goes belly up. When you go to open a business bank account, the bank will want to see your operating agreement. Potential investors and partners will ask to see it too. You don’t want to wait to write one until after you already need it—not only will it look unprofessional, but you may end up hurriedly throwing something together that does more harm than good.
Your operating agreement is one of your LLC’s most critical internal documents and should be taken seriously. When starting a new business, you may feel like there’s already too much to do to bother focusing on an operating agreement—but that’s where Northwest can help.
Do I have to write the Operating Agreement?
Not from scratch. We give you a free operating agreement, specific to your management style, when you hire us to form your Missouri LLC. We give you other free LLC forms too—resolutions, membership certificates and more. We want your business to get started on the right foot. We take pride in our forms here at Northwest—so much so that we were the first website to hand out free LLC forms. Our free LLC forms have since been used by over a million LLCs to help form and maintain their businesses.
Get a Missouri LLC EIN
Do I have to get a tax ID number (EIN)?
If you plan to hire employees or file certain federal excise taxes (such as Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns), you’re required to have an EIN. There are plenty of other reasons to get an EIN as well. Your bank will ask for one when you go to open a business bank account. Local tax forms and registrations sometimes require EINs. Vendors often request an EIN when you go to establish credit. In many of these cases, you could use your personal social security number instead, but in the age of data mismanagement and identity theft, who wants to do that? EINs are free from the IRS. Or,if you want to avoid filling out an extra application, you can hire Northwest to get your EIN for you when you sign up for our services.
Open a Bank Account for Your Missouri LLC
To open a bank account for your Missouri LLC, you will need to bring the following with you to the bank:
- A copy of the Missouri LLC Articles of Organization
- The LLC operating agreement
- The Missouri LLC’s EIN
If there are multiple members in the LLC, you may also want to bring an LLC resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the members to open the account in the name of the LLC.
We recommend calling your bank ahead of time before going in and asking what their requirements are. Most banks don’t open business accounts nearly as frequently as personal accounts, so some bankers may be unfamiliar with their own bank’s requirements. As frustrating as that may be for you, calling ahead will help save you from being super annoyed when you walk into the bank.
Obtain a Business License
Does a Missouri LLC need a business license?
Missouri doesn’t have a statewide general business license, but cities and counties have their own local licensing requirements. If you’re engaging in business in St. Louis or Branson, for example, you must get a city business license.
Are there any other Missouri annual reports or fees?
There are no state-level annual reporting fees. Unlike corporations, Missouri LLCs don’t have to file Missouri’s Annual Registration Report.
Pay the LLC Taxes
What are the Missouri LLC taxes?
The Missouri personal net income tax rates are:
1.5%: $0 to $1,007
2.0%: $1,008 to $2,015
2.5%: $2,016 to $3,023
3.0%: $3,024 to $4,031
3.5%: $4,032 to $5,039
4.0%: $5,040 to $6,047
4.5%: $6,048 to $7,055
5.0%: $7,056 to $8,063
5.5%: $8,064 to $9,071
The state sales tax is 4.225%, but cities and counties can tack on local sales taxes as well, bringing the average sales total sales tax up to 6.806%.