How To Start An LLC In Missouri
To start an LLC in Missouri, you must file Articles of Organization with the Missouri Corporations Division, pay a $50 filing fee, and get an EIN from the IRS. The complete steps to forming a Missouri LLC are as follows:
- File Missouri LLC Articles of Organization
- Pay the Missouri Corporations Division $50 ($105 for paper filings)
- Wait to receive your Certificate of Organization
- Get a Federal EIN tax ID for the LLC
- Create a Missouri LLC Operating Agreement
- Take these documents to the bank and get a Missouri LLC bank account
How to File Missouri LLC Articles of Organization
To form a Missouri LLC, you file Articles of Organization by following these steps:
- Choose a name for your new LLC
- Declare a purpose for your LLC
- Decide if you want to hire a registered agent service to minimize public disclosures
- Choose if your LLC will be member-managed or manager-managed
- Choose how long you’d like it to exist and when you’d like to start
- File online and pay $50 with credit card (plus a $1.25 processing fee) or mail to the Corporations Division at PO Box 778 / 600 W Main St, Room 322, Jefferson City MO 65102 with a check or money order for $105
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO START A MISSOURI LLC?
Fastest and Simplest 1 day: File yourself online and receive your approval right away.
Almost Fastest (and some might say better) 1 day: Hire Northwest and we’ll form and file your Articles of Organization for you online. Just answer a few brief questions, sit back and let our Corporate Guides file everything correctly the first time.
Archaic 5-10 days: Got time and money to burn? File your Articles of Organization by mail. Not only will it take much, much longer to process, but you’ll pay over double the price.
WHAT IS THE COST OF 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 much does an LLC in Missouri cost each year?
There are no annual state reporting fees. Unlike corporations, Missouri LLCs don’t have to file Missouri’s Annual Registration Report.
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%.
IS A MISSOURI LLC REGISTERED AGENT REQUIRED?
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.
DO I NEED A TAX ID NUMBER (EIN) FOR A MISSOURI LLC?
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.
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.
MISSOURI LLC VERSUS MISSOURI CORPORATION:
When it comes to state fees, Missouri LLCs are the winners, hands down. The fee to form an LLC online is only $50 while the minimum filing fee for corporations is $58 for up to $30,000 in authorized capital. (After that, the filing fee increases along with the authorized capital.) The real savings, however, comes with Annual Registration Report fees. LLCs aren’t required to file annual reports at all, but corporations pay at least $20 a year for these reports.
Many businesses also prefer LLCs because they’re simpler to operate. For example, members can choose to manage the business themselves without directors or managers. Although they’re more expensive and complex, there are still plenty of people who choose to form corporations in the Show-Me State. Here’s information on Missouri incorporation.
DOES A MISSOURI LLC 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. 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.
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.
WHAT IS THE MISSOURI LLC STATUTE?
MISSOURI LLC ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION REQUIREMENTS:
- Company Name: Your name must include “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company” or an abbreviation. Most businesses go with “LLC.”
- Purpose: 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.
- Registered Agent and Office: 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.
- LLC Management: 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.
- Duration: 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.
- Missouri LLC Organizer: 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.
- Series: If you plan to have a Series LLC (a kind of LLC that is divided into several “series” that each have separate asset protection), you can complete this section. Most LLCs aren’t part of any series and skip this section.
- Future Effective Date: 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.