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Starting an LLC in Montana

Located in the northwest of the United States, Montana is one of the largest states in the union. Defined by the Rocky Mountains, Big Sky Country has industries dominated by agriculture, natural resources, brewing, tourism and healthcare.

If you want to start your own business in Montana, one of the best ways to do so is by forming a Montana LLC. Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Montana LLCs give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities.

Briefly, the benefits of starting a Montana LLC include:

  • Separating and limiting your personal liability from your business liability and debts
  • Quick and simple filing, management, compliance, regulations and administration of your Montana LLC
  • Easy tax filing and potential advantages for tax treatment

Learn more about the benefits of the LLC business structure here.

Six Quick Steps for Setting up Your Montana Company

This guide has plenty of information on how to form your Montana LLC, but you can break down the basics of forming a business in MT into just a few simple steps.

Review Information from the Montana Secretary of State

The Montana Secretary of State has plenty of information on forming and running a business in Montana. Check out additional resources below.

These are all the basic steps for forming an LLC in Montana. You’ll find other useful information below.

Special Types of Montana LLCs

A regular Montana LLC is suitable for most business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of LLC.

What to Do After Forming Your Montana LLC

Want to know your next steps after creating a new LLC in Montana? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to understanding your ongoing requirements, setting up new bank accounts, protecting your business name, getting accounting in place and more.

Other Information in This Guide

You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:

Naming Your Montana LLC

How to search the Montana business registry of the Secretary of State and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, fictitious names, reserving a Montana LLC name and more.

Montana Registered Agents for LLCs

How to appoint a Registered Agent to your new LLC or change to a different Registered Agent. Includes information on Registered Agent rules and searching for Montana Registered Agents.

Fees and Requirements for Montana LLCs

How to understand the various fees you’ll need to pay and the requirements you’ll need to meet for both federal and Montana rules. Includes details of Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), Montana and federal business licenses, annual reports and more.

Federal, State, Sales and Other Taxes for Your Montana LLC

How to understand the various taxes you will need to pay to the federal and Montana government. Includes details of federal taxes like income and self-employment, and Montana taxes like sales tax and income tax.

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