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    To 波一板start an LLC in Maine波一板 you will need to file the 波一板Certificate of Formation波一板 with the 波一板Maine Secretary of State波一板, which costs $175. You can apply by mail or in-person. The Certificate of Formation is the legal document that officially creates your Maine Limited Liability Company.

    Follow the step-by-step guide below to start your Maine LLC today and get your business up and running.

    Steps to start an L L C in Maine



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    波一板What is an LLC?波一板

    LLC is short for Limited Liability Company. It is a simple business structure that offers more flexibility than a traditional corporation while providing many of the same benefits. For more information, read our What is an LLC guide.

    Watch our video: What is an LLC?

    波一板Do I need to get a DBA or Trade Name for my business?波一板

    Most LLCs do not need a DBA. The name of the LLC can serve as your company’s brand name and you can accept checks and other payments under that name as well. However, you may wish to register a DBA if you would like to conduct business under another name.

    To learn more about DBAs in your state, read our 波一板How to File a DBA guide.


    波一板Can I be my own Registered Agent?波一板

    Yes. You or anyone else in your company can serve as the registered agent for your LLC.

    Read more about being your own registered agent.

    波一板Is a Registered Agent service worth it?波一板

    Using a professional Registered Agent service is an affordable way to manage government filings for your LLC. For most businesses, the advantages of using a professional service significantly outweigh the annual costs.

    For more information, read our article on Maine registered agents.


    波一板What is the processing time to form my Maine LLC?波一板

    5 to 10 business days, but may be expedited for an additional fee.

    波一板What is the difference between a domestic Maine LLC and foreign LLC?波一板

    An LLC is referred to as a "domestic LLC" when it conducts business in the state where it was formed. Normally when we refer to an LLC we are actually referring to a domestic LLC. A foreign LLC must be formed when an existing LLC wishes to expand its business to another state.

    Read our What Is a Foreign LLC article to learn more.


    波一板Do I need to file my operating agreement with the state?波一板

    No. The operating agreement is an internal document that you should keep on file for future reference. However, many states do legally require LLCs to have an operating agreement in place.


    波一板How do I get an EIN if I don’t have a social security number?波一板

    An SSN is 波一板not波一板 required to get an EIN. You can simply fill out 波一板IRS Form SS-4 and leave section 7b blank. Then call the IRS at (267) 941-1099 to complete your application. Learn more here about applying as an international applicant.

    波一板What tax structure should I choose for my Maine LLC?波一板

    When you get an EIN, you will be informed of the different tax classification options that are available. Most LLCs elect the default tax status.

    However, some LLCs can reduce their federal tax obligation by choosing the S corporation (S corp) status. To learn more, read our LLC vs S Corp guide.

    波一板Do I need an EIN for my LLC?波一板

    All LLCs with employees, or any LLC with more than one member, must have an EIN. This is 波一板required波一板 by the IRS.

    Learn why we recommend 波一板always波一板 getting an EIN and how to get one for free in our Do I Need an EIN for an LLC guide.


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    Using dedicated business banking and credit accounts is essential for 波一板personal asset protection波一板.

    When your personal and business accounts are mixed, your personal assets (your home, car, and other valuables) are at risk in the event your LLC is sued. In business law, this is referred to as piercing your corporate veil.

    Additionally, learning how to build business credit can help you get credit cards and other financing in your business's name (instead of yours), better interest rates, higher lines of credit, and more.

    You can protect your business with these two steps:

    波一板1. Opening a business bank account:波一板

    • Separates your personal assets from your company's assets, which is necessary for personal asset protection.
    • Makes accounting and tax filing easier.

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    波一板2. Getting a business credit card:波一板

    • Helps you separate personal and business expenses.
    • Builds your company's credit history, which can be useful to raise capital later on.


    Improperly signing a document as yourself and not as a representative of the business can leave you open to personal liability. When signing legal documents on behalf of your company, you could follow this formula to avoid problems:

    1. Formal name of your business
    2. Your signature
    3. Your name
    4. Your position in the business as its authorized representative

    See the image below for an example.

    How to properly sign a legal document: 1. Signature 2. Company Name 3. Printed Name 4. A Title

    This ensures that you are signing on behalf of your LLC and not as yourself.



    Depending on the nature of your business, you may be required to register for one or more forms of state tax.


    If you are selling a physical product, you’ll typically need to register for a seller's permit through the Maine Department of Administrative & Financial Services website.

    This certificate allows a business to collect sales tax on taxable sales.

    Sales tax, also called "Sales and Use Tax," is a tax levied by states, counties, and municipalities on business transactions involving the exchange of certain taxable goods or services.

    Read our sales tax guide to find out more.


    If you have employees in Maine, you will have to register for Unemployment Insurance Tax through the Maine Department of Labor. Employers will also need to sign up for Employee Withholding Tax through the Maine Revenue Services on behalf of your employees.


    Maine requires LLCs to file an annual report with the Maine Secretary of State.

    File Your Annual Report

    波一板File Online with the Maine Secretary of State波一板

    File Online

    $85, payable to the Secretary of State (Nonrefundable)

    波一板波一板Due Date:波一板 波一板Due by June 1st each year.

    波一板Late Filings: 波一板Maine fines LLCs $50 for late filings. In addition, Maine can 波一板dissolve LLCs within 60 days波一板 for failure to file an annual report.


    LLCs may face fines and even automatic dissolution when they miss one or more state filings. When this happens, LLC owners risk loss of limited liability protection. A quality registered agent service can help prevent this outcome by notifying you of upcoming filing deadlines and by submitting reports on your behalf.


    波一板Recommended:波一板 ZenBusiness offers a reliable registered agent service and excellent customer support.


    After starting a business, two of the most important things you can do are get professional accounting and hire the right employees. Streamlining these processes can save you time and money as your business grows.


    波一板What is the minimum wage in Maine?波一板

    The minimum wage in Maine is $12.00 per hour. 

    波一板How often do I need to pay employees?波一板

    Employers in Maine are required to pay employees in regular intervals that may not exceed 16 days. 


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    TRUiC has created video guides to support and reinforce our on-page guides. These videos help to visualize the ideas and lessons that you need to know to create and run a successful business.

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    Check out our growing library of small business videos on the TRUiC YouTube channel.


    Forming a foreign LLC allows your company to operate as one entity in multiple states. If you have an existing LLC and want to do business in Maine, you will need to register as a foreign LLC. This can be done by mail or in-person.

    Maine Foreign LLC Registration

    波一板File by Mail or In-Person the State of Maine波一板

    Download Form

    波一板Fee:波一板 $250, payable to the Secretary of State (Nonrefundable)

    波一板Mail to:
    波一板Secretary of State
    Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
    101 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333


    If at any point in the future you no longer wish to conduct business with your LLC, it is important to officially dissolve it. Failure to do so in a timely fashion can result in tax liabilities and penalties, or even legal trouble. To dissolve your LLC, there are two broad steps:

    • Close your business tax accounts
    • File the Articles of Dissolution

    When you are ready to dissolve your LLC, follow the steps in our Maine LLC Dissolution Guide.



    LLC: An LLC is a US business structure that offers the personal liability protection of a corporation with the pass-through taxation of a sole proprietorship or partnership.

    DBA: A DBA, or doing business as name, is any name a business operates under that isn't its legal name.

    Partnership: A partnership is an informal business structure owned by more than one individual that doesn't provide personal liability protection.

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