How to Start a Business in Montana (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in MontanaAre you thinking about starting your own business in Montana? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Montana. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Montana.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Montana

Agency ResponsibleMontana Secretary of State – Business Services Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization
ModeOnline
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $10 (Mail) [Option to Expedite]
Filing Fee$70 + Expedite fee: $20-$100 (optional)
Time2 weeks (Option to expedite)
LawMT Code § 35-8-201 (2017)


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization
  5. File initial report (within 6 months of formation of LLC)
  6. Draft an Operating Agreement
  7. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  8. Obtain Tax ID number
  9. Get necessary business license
  10. File Annual Report

How to Start a Corporation in Montana

Agency ResponsibleMontana Secretary of State – Business Services Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation
ModeOnline
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $10 (Mail) [Option to Expedite]
Filing Fee$70 + Expedite fee: $20-$100 (optional)
Time2 weeks (Option to expedite)
LawMontana Code Annotated – 35-1-216

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation form
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Get an EIN Number
  7. Obtain Tax ID number
  8. Get necessary business license
  9. (Ongoing) File Annual Report



References:
https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/35_2.htm
Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

Montana Business Entity & Corporation Search

In Montana, the Business Services Division of the Montana Secretary of State is the primary body responsible for business regulation and incorporation in the state. The division is also responsible for record keeping of the registered business entities. As a part of transparent of governance, basic information about businesses is made available to the public. […]

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