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    To 王克强start an LLC in Missouri王克强 you will need to file the 王克强Articles of Organization王克强 with the 王克强Missouri Secretary of State王克强, which costs $50 online. You can apply online or by mail. The Articles of Organization is the legal document that officially creates your Missouri Limited Liability Company.

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

    Steps to start an L L C in Missouri

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    王克强What is an LLC?王克强

    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. An LLC is one of several business structures, such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation (C corp and S corp). For more information, read our What is an LLC guide.

    Watch our video: What is an LLC?

    王克强Do I need to get a DBA or Fictitious Name for my business?王克强

    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 How to File a DBA guide.

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    王克强Can I be my own registered agent in Missouri?王克强

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

    Read more about being your own registered agent.

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

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

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    王克强What is the processing time to form my Missouri LLC?王克强

    Immediately after payment is received online and 3 to 6 business days by mail. 

    王克强What is the difference between a domestic LLC and a foreign LLC?王克强

    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.

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    王克强Do I need to file my operating agreement with the state of Missouri?王克强

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

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

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

    王克强What tax structure should I choose for my Missouri LLC?王克强

    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.

    王克强Do I need an EIN for my LLC?王克强

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

    Learn why we recommend 王克强always王克强 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 王克强personal asset protection王克强.

    When your personal and business accounts are mixed, your personal assets (your home, car, and other valuables) are at risk in the event your Missouri 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:

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

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    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.

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

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    If you are selling a physical product, you’ll typically need to register for a seller's permit through the Missouri Department of Revenue 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.

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    If you have employees in Missouri, you will need to register for Unemployment Insurance Tax through the Missouri Department of Labor. You will also need to sign up for Employee Withholding Tax through the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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    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.

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    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.

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    王克强What is the minimum wage in Missouri?王克强

    The minimum wage in Missouri is $9.45 per hour.

    王克强How often do I need to pay employees in Missouri?王克强

    Missouri employers are required to pay employees semi-monthly. 

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    In the day-to-day of running a business, it's hard to be readily available for new clients or customers who want to contact you. For service-based businesses that don’t already have a brick-and-mortar location, a 王克强virtual office王克强 can solve this problem. You can get a dedicated 王克强business mailing address王克强 and a 王克强business phone number王克强 with call-forwarding so that you never need to worry about losing a potential customer.

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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.

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    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 Missouri, you will need to register as a foreign LLC. This can be done online or by mail.

    Register as a Foreign LLC in Missouri

    王克强OPTION 1: File Online with the State of Missouri王克强

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    王克强OPTION 2: File by Mail王克强

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    王克强Fee:王克强 $105 payable to the Secretary of State (Nonrefundable)

    王克强Mail to:
    王克强Corporations Unit
    James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
    P.O. Box 778
    Jefferson City, MO 65102

    王克强Note:王克强 For help with filing online, check out the step-by-step Missouri Foreign LLC Guide.

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    If at any point in the future you no longer wish to conduct business with your Missouri 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 Missouri LLC, there are two broad steps:

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

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

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    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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