How to Form a Company in Montana


Let’s face it: starting a company is hard work. But forming a corporation in Montana can help you simplify many aspects of the process. This guide will walk you through each step for incorporating in the Treasure State.

Name your corporation.

”Choosing a name for your corporation is an important first step in forming your business. In Montana, corporations are required to include the words “corporation,” “incorporated,” or “limited” somewhere in their name.

The next step is to choose a name that isn’t already being used. The Secretary of State’s office makes this easy with its online database of registered businesses and trademarks. You can also check with the county clerk where you plan on doing business, as they have their own list of registered businesses in their jurisdiction.

Once you’ve determined that your chosen name isn’t too similar to any other business names in Montana, come up with something catchy: something easy to pronounce and spell, but also memorable enough so people will be able to find you when they search online or call into customer service lines! And try not to make it too long; Montana law limits corporate names at 65 characters total—including spaces between words—and 14 characters each word if there’s no space between them (which means some people might abbreviate street address information).

File articles of incorporation with the state.

In order to form a company in Montana, you will need to file articles of incorporation with the state. You’ll need to include information about the company and its shareholders, as well as certain legal requirements (like the registered agent’s name and address). Once this is done, you can move on to other steps.

This step is important because it provides basic information about your business that will be included in any documents related to your Montana corporation or LLC. These documents may include minutes from meetings or stock certificates, so it’s important that they all match up correctly with what was previously filed at the Secretary of State’s Office.

Identify a registered agent.

The first step in forming a company is to identify a registered agent. The registered agent is the person or business entity that will receive legal documents on behalf of the company. In Montana, you must be an individual or business entity located within the state and available during normal business hours.

Create corporate officers and bylaws.

  • You must create corporate officers and bylaws.
  • Corporate officers are the people who manage your company, such as its CEO or CFO.
  • Bylaws are the rules that govern how your organization operates, such as its financial structure and how meetings will be conducted.
  • Having these documents in place is crucial because they establish what to do if one of the officers leaves or dies unexpectedly (i.e., identifying a replacement) or if someone wants to start their own business with you (i.e., deciding whether it’s possible).

Hold initial board of directors meeting.

Once you’ve set up your company and hired staff, it’s important to hold an initial board of directors meeting. This is where you’ll lay out the ground rules for running the business, including who sits on your board and what their responsibilities are. Your board should consist of people who have diverse backgrounds and experience in different fields (such as engineering or sales). The idea is that all these individuals bring something unique to the table—knowledge that will help guide your company’s progress going forward.

Your board should meet regularly to discuss the current status of operations, as well as any changes you may want to make in the future (like new product lines or locations). They’ll also need to set long-term strategic goals for your company, so they can advise you on whether or not those objectives are realistic based on market conditions at any given time period (e.g., right now).

File annual report and pay taxes.

Once you’re registered as a Montana LLC, you will have to file an annual report with the Montana Department of Revenue. The filing fee is $100 and should be paid by January 31 of each year.

Your company will also have to pay taxes on its net income (profit) after operating costs and other expenses are deducted. The amount of tax you owe depends on your business structure, but Montana imposes a flat tax rate that applies to all businesses: 3%.

It is important to follow these steps exactly or it will cause problems down the road.

It is important to follow these steps exactly or it will cause problems down the road.

If you do not follow the steps exactly, your company will not be formed properly and may not be able to do business in Montana.

If you don’t complete each step by its due date, it could cause delays in forming your company and make it difficult for you to get back on schedule.

If any of your information changes between filing and finalizing, we’ll need new information before finalizing your application. If you forget something and don’t remember until after we’ve filed everything with the state, reopening a completed application can be very difficult or impossible (depending on whether all of our work was submitted electronically).


Now that you know how to form a company in Montana, you can move forward with confidence. Remember that the process is not as complicated as it might seem at first glance. It’s also important to note that these steps are not your only option for establishing your new business; there are other ways to do it too! But if you follow these steps exactly as outlined above, then you can rest assured that everything will go smoothly from start-up all the way through year-end closing (and beyond).

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