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Last updated August 18, 2021

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How to Form an LLC in Maine

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This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Maine.

Detailed Lessons:

 

Maine LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $175 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $85 (every year)

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Here is a quick overview on starting an LLC in Maine

How to Form an LLC in MaineA Maine Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

An LLC can be used to operate a business, or an LLC can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Forming an LLC in Maine is simple. Search your Maine LLC name in the state database and select your Registered Agent.

File your Certificate of Formation with the Maine Secretary of State and wait for your LLC to be approved.

You can only file your LLC by mail (there is no online filing yet). The state filing fee is $175 and the approval time is 5-10 business days (unless you pay $50 or $100 extra for expedited processing).

Note: Filing times may take longer due to the current global situation and government delays. Please see how long does it take to get an LLC in Maine.

After your Maine LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement and get your Federal Tax ID Number (aka EIN) from the IRS.

In order to keep your Maine LLC in compliance, you need to file an LLC Annual Report each year (due by June 1st). The filing fee is $85.

We’ve created a free course that will walk you through forming your Maine LLC, step-by-step.

You can find the detailed lessons linked at the top of this page.

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Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
 
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

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