How to form a Missouri LLC [Step-by-step] - LLC University

Last updated October 31, 2020

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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.

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

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Here is a quick overview on starting an LLC in Missouri

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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16 comments on “Missouri LLC”

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  1. 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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    • 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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  2. 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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    • 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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  3. 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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    • 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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  4. 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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    • 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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  5. 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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    • 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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  6. We are considering starting / setting up an LLC in Missouri to purchase a farm with our daughter.
    Does it have to generate a profit in order to have it set up as an LLC?

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  7. Wanting to form a llc in Missouri for my rental properties in Illinois, would a s corporation be the best option, thanks

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    • Hi Richard, if your rental properties are located in Illinois, then that’s where you’re transacting business. You’ll need to either form an Illinois LLC for the properties or form a Missouri LLC and then register it as a foreign LLC in Illinois. While an LLC can be taxed as an S-Corp, it is usually not a good idea for rental properties. You’ll want to speak with an accountant regarding the details. Hope that helps.

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  8. Hi,

    What is the advantage of opening the LLC where the property is located? I live in Kansas City. I have properties in Kansas and Missouri, but to open and maintain an LLC in Missouri is less expensive.

    Kansas City is on the state line, so we can go to Kansas and Missouri in a few minutes.

    Do I need to open LLCs in KS and MO? or just all in MO?

    Thanks.

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    • Hi Carlos, it’s about the laws of “transacting business”. If you form an LLC in one state, but that LLC is transacting business (collecting rents, for example), in another state, you need to register your out-of-state LLC as a foreign LLC in the state where it is transacting business. Another structure that real estate investors consider is a forming a holding company LLC. That holding company LLC can be located in any state (since it’s usually not transacting business). Then the holding company LLC owns other LLCs (child LLCs). The Child LLCs are formed in the state where they are transacting business. Hope that helps.

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