Montana

LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 7th smallest population in the United States, Montana still services both large and small businesses. Montana's major industries include agriculture, lumber, and tourism. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Montana's business services.

Forming a Corporation in Montana

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Montana, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Montana Secretary of State. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Montana's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Montana requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any foreign or domestic profit or not-for-profit corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, assumed business name trademark, service mark or other name reserved or registered with the Secretary of State. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Montana's standards.

Permitted designations: Montana corporate names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Filing Requirements

Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of your incorporation filing for you. This information is presented only for your reference.

Required documents: The state of Montana requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Montana is 10-15 business days. Expedited filings, which require an additional fee, typically take 5-10 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations are required to have one or more directors.

Director qualifications: The Articles of Incorporation or bylaws may prescribe the qualifications for directors. A director is not required to be a resident of Montana or a shareholder unless so prescribed in the articles or bylaws.

Appearance in articles: Not required. Directors' names and addresses do not have to appear in the Articles of Incorporation.

Written consent: Permitted. Directors may act in writing in lieu of holding a meeting.

Principal office location

Montana permits a corporation's principal office to be located outside of the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual reports with the Montana Secretary of State on or before April 15.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 30 days.

Signatures: Only company officers or chairs of the board are authorized to sign annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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Forming an LLC in Montana

Each state has its own set of requirements for businesses that plan on forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) there. If you decide to form an LLC in Montana, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Organization with the Montana Secretary of State. We can also take care of many of your company's follow-up needs, including annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Montana's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

Montana requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can't be confused with any corporation, nonprofit, limited partnership, limited liability company, assumed business name trademark, service mark or other name reserved or registered with the Secretary of State. When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Montana?s standards.

Permitted designations: Montana LLC names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • L.C.
  • L.L.C.
  • LC
  • LLC
  • LTD Liability Company
  • Limited Company
  • Limited Liability Co.
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Ltd. Liability Co.

Filing Requirements

Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in Montana must file Articles of Organization. Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of this filing for you.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for forming an LLC in Montana is 10-15 business days. Expedited filings, which require an additional fee, typically take 5-10 business days.

Follow-up filing: Not required.

Managers/Members Information

Minimum number: LLCs are required to have one or more managers/members.

Principal Office Location:

Montana permits an LLC's principal office to be located outside of the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: LLCs must file their annual report with the Montana Secretary of State on or before April 15.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 30 days.

Signatures: Only members may sign reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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Get Montana Business Licenses

Before your business can legally begin to operate, you must satisfy its license, permit, and tax registration requirements. Almost all state, county, and local governments require businesses to obtain one or more licenses and permits. Additionally, selling taxable goods and services or hiring employees requires that you register with tax authorities. All business license, permit, and tax registration requirements vary by your industry and location.

Examples of possible licenses required in Montana:

  • Travel Agency License
  • Employee Leasing License
  • Holiday Sales License

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