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Frequently Asked
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Starting a Montana LLC

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If you're forming an LLC in Big Sky Country, better known as the state of Montana, there's no doubt that you'll have a lot of questions running through your head. We've gathered several of the most frequently asked questions to help you get your Montana LLC up and operational. From registering your company with the state of Montana, to business licenses and taxes, we’ve got you covered. We’ve answered these questions below and linked extensively to our guides, tools and other services, which makes everything streamlined and simple.

How Do I Decide What the Best Legal Structure Is for My Business?

When it comes to forming a business in the state of Montana, there are several different options. From a legal perspective, there are three main types of Montana for-profit business entities: LLCs, S Corporations or C Corporations. We believe an LLC provides just the right mix of liability protection and ease of administration for most entrepreneurs.

What Do I Need to Start a Business in Montana?

In order to form an LLC in the state of Montana, there are some minimum requirements you must meet. These are a completed set of Articles of Organization, a business name and a fee you pay to the Montana Secretary of State. We recommend taking some additional steps before officially forming your LLC:

After you’ve created your Montana LLC, you will also need to review your business license requirements, understand ongoing filing needs, set up a separate business bank account and get an accountant.

How Do I Register a Company in Montana?

In Montana, you register a business by completing and filing your Articles of Organization with the Montana Secretary of State via the online business portal. You will need to gather information about your business, fill out the form and send it to the Secretary of State along with your filing fee. This will formally create your LLC in Montana.

You can file your Articles of Organization via the state's online business portal or Bizee can guide you through every step of the process by getting details from you and filing the form on your behalf — for free! There’s no additional charge for our basic LLC filing service, so all you need to do is pay the Montana state filing fee.

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How Much Does It Cost to Form a Montana LLC?

At the time of writing the fee charged by the Montana Secretary of State is 35. You can always check the latest Montana filing fees here. You can also pay an additional $20 or $100 for expedited filing through Bizee, which will create your LLC faster. The amount of the expedited fee is dependent on how quickly you want your filing processed. Some LLC filing services do charge you extra to prepare and submit your filing documents, but at Bizee, we do this for free — so you only pay the state fee.

How Long Does It Take to Form an LLC in Montana?

Once you’ve gathered all of your information together and filed your Articles of Organization (or had Bizee do it for you), it can take two to five days for the Montana Secretary of State to legally create your LLC. If you pay an additional $20 or $100 expedited fee, your LLC can be formed in as few as 24 hours, or one hour.

How Do I Perform a Montana Business Search?

The name of your Montana LLC needs to be unique, so you’ll need to check if it’s already being used by another business. You can do that via the Montana Secretary of State's online business portal, or by using our fast and simple Business Name Search tool.

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How Do I Register a Business Name in Montana?

There are several ways to register your Montana LLC name.

If you’re creating a new business and your business name is unique in Montana and meets the state naming rules, you simply include it in your Articles of Organization.

If you want to change the legal name of your business, file Articles of Amendment with the MT Secretary of State.

If you just want to do business under a different name, file a Registration of Assumed Business Name with the Montana Secretary of State, or we can do that on your behalf.

In order to prevent people from using your business name across the U.S., you should file a trademark for the name. When you're ready, we can help with the process.

What Are Montana Articles of Incorporation?

In most other states, the official documents that you file to form a corporation or LLC might be known as Articles of Incorporation. In Montana, this document is called your Articles of Organization, and it performs the same functions as the Articles of Incorporation.

Does Montana Have Series LLCs?

Yes, the State of Montana is one of the few states that offer Series LLC formation. A Series LLC is a special type of LLC where you create one “overall” business and then have individual, series LLCs within it, each counted as separate legal entities.

If you choose to form a Series LLC, the cost of filing your Articles of Organization is $35 for the parent LLC and $50 for each additional series member named in the Series LLC.

Do I Need a Registered Agent for My Montana LLC?

Yes, all legal business entities in Montana, including LLCs, are required to have a Registered Agent at all times. Here at Bizee, we provide a free Montana Registered Agent service for the first year if you file through us.

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How Do I Change a Registered Agent in Montana?

If you want to change your Montana Registered Agent you can do so by filing a Statement of Change with the Secretary of State. Here at Bizee, we provide a free Montana Registered Agent service for the first year if you file through us. If you’ve been using a different Registered Agent and want to switch to us, we’ll file the Statement of Change on your behalf.

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How Do I Perform a Montana Registered Agent Search?

If you need to know the Registered Agent of a specific Montana business, you can perform a Montana Registered Agent search within the state's online business portal.

What Montana Business Taxes Do I Need to Pay?

As an LLC, any business profits you earn will be reported on your personal 1040 filing and reported and taxed as “pass-through” income. You will typically need to pay:

  • Self-employment or payroll tax on all business profits
  • Federal income tax on profits after you meet your tax-free allowance
  • Sales tax for selling taxable products and services

Unlike many other states, Montana does not levy a sales tax on the sale of goods and services.

What Businesses Need to Pay Montana Sales Tax?

No businesses need to pay a tax on the sale of goods and services, as Montana doesn't have a sales tax.

When is Montana Sales Tax Due?

Once your LLC’s sales tax application is approved, you will receive a letter with instructions on how often you must file a sales tax return and pay sales taxes. Returns and payments may be due monthly, quarterly or annually.

Does Montana Have a Franchise Tax?

No. Unlike many other states, Montana does not levy a tax on the privilege of doing business within the state.

Do I Need a License to Do Business in Montana?

The types of business licenses you need will vary depending on your type of business, industry, location and various other factors. We can research the types of business licenses you might need for you.

We hope you’ve found this Montana LLC FAQ useful. If you’ve used our services and have a question that isn’t answered here, let us know and we’d be happy to help.

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