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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.
Routine: 5 - 7 Business Days
Rush: 24 Hours
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Your filing is now on its way!
If we receive your Montana 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.
- Montana 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
Montana Corporate Formation Guidelines
The corporate name must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," "limited," "corp.," "inc.," "co.," "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a 120 day period for a filing fee of $10.
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 Montana Business Corporation Act.
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
The maximum number of authorized shares for the minimum license fee is 50,000 shares with or without par value. There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
Preemptive rights are denied in absence of a specific grant.
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 Montana.
The minimum number of directors is one (1).
LIMITATION OF DIRECTORS' PERSONAL LIABILITY
The Articles of Incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Montana Business Corporation Act, a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.
Minimum number of incorporators is one (an individual or an entity) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Montana.
Submit to the Secretary of State one executed original and one copy of the Articles of Incorporation. The Secretary of State files the original and returns the copy as filed.
OFFICIAL STATE DISBURSEMENTS AND FEES
$70 (add $20, if expedited service is required) filing fee for the Articles of Incorporation.
Montana Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings can help you form a Montana corporation with the Montana Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in Montana or form a Montana subchapter S corporation, you must file the Montana Articles of Incorporation with the Montana Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming Montana corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the Montana incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the Montana Articles of Incorporation with the Montana Secretary of State on your behalf.
How do I form a Montana Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the Montana Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the Montana Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the Montana corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the Montana Secretary of State. Fifth, when the Montana Secretary of State files the Montana Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.
What are the advantages of forming a Montana 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 Montana corporation form purchasing stock. Since the Montana corporation is an independent legal entity, the Montana 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 Montana corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Montana corporation. Ownership in an Montana 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 Montana corporation itself.
How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my Montana Corporation?
After we form an Montana corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your Montana corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your Montana corporation. If you purchase our Montana premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your Montana corporation.
How do I form a Montana S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your Montana S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an Montana S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an Montana 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 Montana C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in Montana, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the Montana S corporation's shareholders include their share of the Montana 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 Montana?
Generally most people form Montana C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since Montana S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an Montana C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An Montana C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An Montana C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an Montana 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 Montana Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your Montana 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 Montana corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Montana corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Montana bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. Montana 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 Montana corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the Montana 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 Montana bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes Montana shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the Montana corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the Montana corporation.
What is an Montana corporate seal?
After the Montana corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sundoc prepare the bylaws, the Montana 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 Montana corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require Montana corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All Montana corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is a Montana corporate kit?
The Montana corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the Montana corporation's important documents such as the Montana Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the Montana corporation kits that Sundoc sells include having the Montana corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the Montana corporation's name) on the spine. Most Montana 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 Montana corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the Montana corporate kits that Sun sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the Montana 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 Montana corporation, you can order an Montana 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 Montana corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana corporation.