Organizing as a limited liability company is popular among small business owners because it carries the benefits of pass-through taxation and limited liability. The annual filing requirements of an LLC are also less complex than those for a corporation. Forming an LLC in Missouri requires filing a document, called an Articles of Organization, with the Missouri Secretary of State.
Select a name for your Missouri company. The name of your Missouri company must contain a phrase or abbreviation indicating that it is an LLC, such as “limited company”, “limited liability company”, “L.C.”, “L.L.C.”, “LC” or “LLC”. The name must also be distinguishable from the name of any business registered in Missouri.
Select a registered agent for your business. A registered agent is the business or individual who will receive service of process if your business is ever sued or subpoenaed. If you are a Missouri resident, you may serve as the registered agent of your company.
Fill out the Articles of Organization. Provide the name of your LLC, the purpose for which your LLC is registered and the name and address of your registered agent. Indicate whether the day-to-day management of your company is vested in managers, which are employees without an ownership stake, or members, who have an ownership stake. Indicate whether you want your corporation to have perpetual duration or have a date of dissolution. Provide the name and street address of all persons organizing the company. You have the option of supplying an effective date of creation other than the filing date. Provide the name and address of an individual to receive a copy of the Articles of Organization. Sign and date the Articles of Organization.
File the Articles of Organization. As of 2010, the filing fee is $105 by mail and $50 online. If filing online, you must pay by credit card. If filing by mail, you must use a check or money order pade payable to the Secretary of State.
- Check with an attorney about the tax implications of operating a business as an LLC.
- The Missouri Secretary of State maintains an online database of registered businesses that can be helpful in finding a distinguishable name for your business.