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Step 1: Check Name Availability
Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check for availability.
Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles
Our online form will walk you through all required information.
Step 3: Specify Service Level and Service Options
Select the appropriate filing package or choose from the a la carte options.
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If we receive your Missouri Articles of Incorporation by 12 p.m. PST M-F, your corporation will be submitted and could be active the same day. This means your company will be given the submission date as your file date. If you mail the document to the state, like many filing services do, it will take several weeks longer for proof of filing.
Your Post-Filing Responsibilities
- File a Statement of Information: After the Articles of Incorporation are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information.
- Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new company. Add it to your order and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
- Missouri Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order you kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate Kit order page.
Add these optional services to your order at the time of filing:
- Certificate of Good Standing: You may need additional copies if you are going to qualify or register in other states. Most certificates are good for 90 days.
- Additional Certified Copy of Articles: You may need this in the future for banks, loans, or professional licensing requirements.
The SunDoc Filings Advantage
- We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
- All filings received by 12 p.m. PST are submitted same day
- Most filing companies mail in your filings
Missouri Corporate Formation Guidelines
The corporate name must contain the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated" or "limited" or an ending with the abbreviation of one of these words. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a 60 day period for a filing fee of $25.
It is acceptable to state either alone or with a specific purpose clause, “The purposes for which the corporation is organized shall be to transact any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated pursuant to the provisions of The General and Business Corporation Law of Missouri.”
The minimum number of directors is one (1), providing that the number of directors is stated in the Articles of Incorporation, otherwise the minimum number of directors is three (3).
Minimum number of incorporators is one (1) (a natural person over 18 years of age) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Missouri.
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
The maximum number of authorized shares for the minimum incorporation tax is $30,000 of par value shares or 30,000 no-par shares. There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
Preemptive rights are qualified granted in absence of a specific limitation or denial.
Cumulative voting is automatically granted unless specifically denied.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Missouri.
Submit to the Secretary of State duplicate executed originals of the Articles of Incorporation. The Secretary of State files the Articles of Incorporation and issues a Certificate of Incorporation attaching the other copy of the Articles of Incorporation. Submit to the Secretary an Initial Annual Registration Report on or before the 15th day of the 4th month after incorporation. If applicable, initial Corporation Franchise Tax Return and payment are due on or before the 15th day of the 4th month after incorporation.
SCHEDULE OF OFFICIAL STATE DISBURSEMENTS AND FEES
$3 file fee for issuing the Certificate of Incorporation. Incorporation Tax (minimum tax of $55) based on aggregate dollar amount of all of its authorized shares (share without par value being deemed to have a value of $1 for the purpose of computing the Incorporation Tax) at following rates:
AUTHORIZED SHARES IN $ RATE
Not exceeding $30,000 - $55
Exceeding $30,000 - $55 plus $5 for each additional $10,000
$45 filing fee for Initial Annual Registration Report (due on or before the 15th day of the 4th month after incorporation)
Missouri Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings can help you form a Missouri corporation with the Missouri Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in Missouri or form a Missouri subchapter S corporation, you must file the Missouri Articles of Incorporation with the Missouri Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming Missouri corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the Missouri incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the Missouri Articles of Incorporation with the Missouri Secretary of State on your behalf.
How do I form a Missouri Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the Missouri Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the Missouri Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the Missouri corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the Missouri Secretary of State. Fifth, when the Missouri Secretary of State files the Missouri Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.
What are the advantages of forming a Missouri Corporation?
To begin with, there is the protection of the "corporate veil" that provides limited liability to the owners (shareholders). The shareholders are not personally liable for debts and obligations of the corporation. They can personally lose only to the extent of their investments in the Missouri corporation form purchasing stock. Since the Missouri corporation is an independent legal entity, the Missouri corporation has continuous existence. It does not cease to exist simply because one of the shareholders dies or retires. Corporations often have an easier time setting up insurance, retirement funds, profit-sharing, pension, and stock option plans than other business entities.
When you form an Missouri corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Missouri corporation. Ownership in an Missouri corporation is more easily transferable than other business entities. Under most circumstances, shares of stock can be sold without restriction to a third party without having to obtain consent from the Missouri corporation itself.
How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my Missouri Corporation?
After we form an Missouri corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your Missouri corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your Missouri corporation. If you purchase our Missouri premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your Missouri corporation.
How do I form a Missouri S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your Missouri S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an Missouri S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an Missouri S corporation simply means the corporation is taxed like a partnership or LLC with a pass through tax structure. Make sure to check with your accountant or the IRS for limitations or read about Missouri C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in Missouri, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the Missouri S corporation's shareholders include their share of the Missouri Corporation's separately stated items of income, deduction, loss, and credit, and their share of non-separately stated income or loss.
What are the advantages of a C Corporation in Missouri?
Generally most people form Missouri C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since Missouri S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an Missouri C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An Missouri C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An Missouri C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an Missouri S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are U.S. citizens or registered aliens, issue only one type of stock, and are limited to no more than 75 shareholders.
How do I obtain or prepare corporate bylaws for my Missouri Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your Missouri corporation and include meeting minutes (MS Word format) that you can prepare as needed.
What are the corporate bylaws and why are they so important for my Missouri corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Missouri corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Missouri bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. Missouri bylaws also contain the names of the officers for the titles: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Another important part of Missouri corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the Missouri corporation can open a bank account, take out loans, write checks, enter into contracts, obtain business credit, and issue stock certificates to its shareholders. Most Missouri bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes Missouri shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the Missouri corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the Missouri corporation.
What is an Missouri corporate seal?
After the Missouri corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sun prepare the bylaws, the Missouri corporation will need a corporate seal. A corporate seal is a handheld device that imprints paper with the corporation's name, state of formation, and date the Missouri corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require Missouri corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All Missouri corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is a Missouri corporate kit?
The Missouri corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the Missouri corporation's important documents such as the Missouri Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the Missouri corporation kits that Sundoc sells include having the Missouri corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the Missouri corporation's name) on the spine. Most Missouri corporation kits come with a slipcase to keep the binder safe. Some corporate kits are made with a slipcase built in. The choice is yours.
Another important part of an Missouri corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the Missouri corporate kits that Sundoc sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the Missouri corporation's name, the amount of shares, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue, and the title of President and Secretary below the signature lines. If you have already formed your Missouri corporation, you can order an Missouri corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page. We have a selection of high quality kits that come in array of styles and colors.
Now that you have formed your Missouri corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the Missouri bylaws, issued shares of stock, and used your seal embosser, it is time to verify which local city and/or county tax licenses your business will need. The best place to start is your city hall or county recorder's office. Take the time to verify your areas business licensing requirements. For those of you who plan to run your Missouri corporation out of your home, check with your city or county to find out if a work at home permit is required. Once your licensing requirements are met, it is time to start operating your Missouri corporation.