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How to Form an LLC in Missouri

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

Detailed Lessons:

 

Missouri LLC costs:
LLC formation cost: $50 online or $105 by mail (one-time fee)
Annual report: none

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How to Form an LLC in MissouriA Missouri 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 Missouri is simple. Search your desired Missouri LLC name and designate your Registered Agent.

File your LLC Articles of Organization and pay the state filing fee ($50 if filed online, $105 if filed by mail).

After your Missouri LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement and get your Federal Tax ID Number from the IRS.

And great news: unlike most states that requirement an Annual Report to be filed (and a fee to be paid), there is no such requirement in Missouri. There are no Annual Reports for Missouri LLCs.

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

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

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Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

12 Comments

  1. Trudi June 18, 2018

    I filed a 2 member llc (to run a campground) a few weeks ago, my daughter and myself, and this week she decided she did not want to be a partner. I have not filed for a federal tax number yet since we are still writing our operating agreement. What steps do I need to take to change the llc from a partnership in Missouri to a sole proprietorship?
    Thanks!

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    • Matt Horwitz June 19, 2018

      Hi Trudi, careful with your language. The only mention of Sole Proprietorship or Partnership takes place with the IRS and the Department of Revenue. With the Secretary of State (and in terms of state law), your LLC is simply an LLC. They don’t care about how the LLC files taxes. (Related article: how are LLCs taxed). The Missouri LLC Articles of Organization also doesn’t ask for Member info, so you actually don’t have to file anything with the Secretary of State. Instead, you’d just apply for your EIN and enter 1 Member. That is how your LLC will be taxed as a Sole Proprietorship by the IRS. And you’ll just create a new Operating Agreement showing you’re the sole owner. Hope that helps!

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  2. Jim Rowden October 9, 2018

    My HOA here in Missouri operates under a manager-managed LLC and lists managers as President, VP, Treasurer and Secretary. The term of our Secretary expired and a new Secretary was elected. What MO form needs to be submitted to note the name change of our Secretary?

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    • Matt Horwitz October 25, 2018

      Hi Jim, when the LLC was filed, was the state’s Articles of Organization form used? If so, Managers aren’t listed there. Instead, they’d be listed in the LLC’s Operating Agreement, so you’d just need to amend the Operating Agreement. You can also create meeting minutes and an LLC Resolution about the change of Secretary. Hope that helps.

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  3. Dayton October 10, 2018

    I have a single member llc. How do I make it a multi member so I can add my wife? I am in Missouri.

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    • Matt Horwitz October 25, 2018

      Hi Dayton, since no LLC Members get listed in the Missouri Articles of Organization, you don’t have to file an Amendment with the Secretary of State. Instead, amend your Operating Agreement or create a new Operating Agreement with you and your wife. Then you can either mail a letter to the IRS notifying of the change in taxation (LLC taxed as a Sole Proprietorship is now going to be taxed as a Partnership since a new Member was added), or you can complete IRS Form 8832 and elect Partnership taxation that way. Hope that helps.

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  4. Nancy January 13, 2019

    I’d like to create a series LLC for multiple child rental LLCs in Missouri. Do you have similar lesson for “How to form a series LLCs in Missouri”? Especially, the focus is more on the operating agreement as it will be different from the current operating agreement for regular single LLC formation. For clarification, the operating agreement is an internal document to maintain within my company only and not a requirement to be submitted when filing anything with the state or the IRS, correct?

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    • Matt Horwitz January 13, 2019

      Hi Nancy, you are correct; the Operating Agreement is an internal document. There are too many variables to series LLCs and they are unestablished in many regards. Maybe in the future we’ll have more about them. We recommend speaking with a business attorney. Hope that helps.

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  5. Starr January 15, 2019

    If I wanted to create a llc in misssouri and I’m the only employee will I still have to get a tax if? And there is no annual fee that I will have to pay for my llc in MO?

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    • Matt Horwitz January 15, 2019

      Hi Starr, why wouldn’t you want to get an EIN? While Single-Member LLCs don’t technically need one, you’d have to use your SSN on a W-9, for example. Most banks also want an EIN to open an account. While there is no Annual Report due to the Secretary of State, you may have tax filings that are due. You’ll want to speak to an accountant about that. Usually based on where you’re located and your industry.

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  6. Sandy January 23, 2019

    If I file an LLC in MO just to hold property, I don’t get an EIN # because it just j holds property correct?

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    • Matt Horwitz January 28, 2019

      Hi Sandy, will the LLC have any income? Any expenses, credits or deductions it’ll take? How is your LLC taxed? How many members does the LLC have?

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