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This guide on starting your business in Montana provides step-by-step instructions on the paperwork to file formation documents, obtain tax IDs, and set up company records.

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Step-By-Step Startup

Below is an overview of the paperwork, cost, and time to form each of the most popular business structures. Simply click on the link for your desired structure to view detailed step-by-step instructions.

  • If you have not decided whether you want to form an LLC, corporation, or other business structure, click here.
  • If wish to form your business in a different state than Montana, click here.
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Montana Limited Liability Company

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  • Form 19: Articles of Organization for Domestic Limited Liability Company
  • Operating Agreement
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Formation: $70 + optional $20-100 expedite fee
  • Formation: ~10 business days. 24 hour service for $20. 1 hour service for $100.

Montana Corporation

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  • Form 34: Articles of Incorporation for Domestic Profit Corporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Form 2553: S-Corp Election, if desired
  • Incorporation: $70 + optional $20-100 expedite fee
  • Incorporation: ~10 business days. 24 hour service for $20. 1 hour service for $100.

Montana Nonprofit

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  • Form 54: Articles of Incorporation for Domestic Nonprofit Corporation
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Apply for EIN
  • IRS Form 1023: Application for 501(c)(3) Exemption
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Montana Tax Registration, if applicable
  • Montana Tax-Exempt Status Request Form
  • URS Charitable Registration, if applicable
  • Incorporation: $20
  • 501(c): $275 or $600 IRS fee
  • Incorporation: ~10 business days
  • 501(c): 2 weeks to 3 months

Top 5 Tips on Registering a Business in Montana

  1. You must submit original signatures on your formation documents with the Montana Secretary of State. Submit the original and one copy if you would like a copy returned to you.
  2. Both LLCs and corporations must file an annual report with the Montana Secretary of State. Failure to file results in notice of upcoming dissolution on September 1st then administrative dissolution December 1st.
  3. Every business entity is required to have a registered agent in Montana, including corporations and LLCs.
  4. Remember to include one of the required corporate designators in your LLC or corporate business name.
  5. Depending on your organization's activities, your business must register for applicable tax accounts with the Montana Department of Revenue. They will issue state tax id(s) and accounts.

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