How to Form an LLC in Mississippi


Congratulations! You’ve decided to form your own LLC. Now you’re probably wondering how to actually go about doing it. Fortunately, forming an LLC in Mississippi is fairly straightforward. Here’s the process:

Choose a Business Name

Choose a name that is not too similar to an existing business. This will help you avoid confusion when consumers try to search for your business online or in the phone book.

Choose a name that is easy to remember. You want your customers to be able to access your information quickly and easily, so choose a name that will stick with them long after they’ve heard it or seen it once.

Choose a name that is available in Mississippi — check out our list of currently available names on this page!

Don’t choose something offensive or embarrassing; if you cannot think of anything else, we suggest “Company Name” as the most generic option available on our list (and one we won’t use). Also, don’t make up words like “Lucky-Mart” unless you are prepared for all kinds of jokes about being lucky at mart shopping.*

File a Certificate of Organization with the state

After you’ve decided to form an LLC and have the right paperwork in place, you must file a Certificate of Organization with the state. You can file this document online or by mail. The cost is $50 for an original filing, but there’s no additional cost if it’s filed again within one year from the date of original filing.

The state will send back a certificate that shows your LLC was successfully formed, which must be kept on file at all times. This is crucial because your registered agent will need access to this document when receiving legal documents on behalf of your LLC–and if he can’t get them for some reason (say, because he lost his dog), then everything could fall apart quickly!

Create an Operating Agreement

An LLC operating agreement is a document that dictates how your business will operate. It’s similar to corporate bylaws, but it applies to all of the partners in an LLC, rather than just officers. Operating agreements should include provisions on matters like:

  • How profits are divided up amongst members
  • What happens if there are partner disputes or one partner quits
  • How new members can be added and removed from the company, and what their responsibilities may be

Obtain an EIN from the IRS

An EIN, or employer identification number, is a unique nine-digit identification number that the IRS assigns to businesses operating in the U.S. If you will be conducting business under an LLC, it’s important to obtain an EIN early in the process of forming your business. To apply for an EIN online or by phone (1-800-829-4933), simply follow this link:

If you choose to apply by mail, complete Form SS-4 and send it along with a copy of your LLC’s formation documents to: Internal Revenue Service Attn: CCC Cincinnati OH 45999

Open a Business Bank Account

You need to open a business bank account for your LLC. You can do this at any bank, but we recommend opening an account with a credit union so you’re working with local people and not just some remote bank.

You also want to set up direct deposit of your paychecks into this business account. While some companies will give employees the option of keeping their paychecks in their own name, many won’t, so it’s best to avoid any confusion later on by opening a separate account now.

Next, start using a business credit card instead of personal credit cards whenever possible. This keeps things separate between personal expenses and work expenses (which helps keep taxes down), as well as gives you better control over spending habits since each purchase will be recorded separately from each other type of transaction—something that is impossible when using one card for everything!

Register as an Employer with the Mississippi State Tax Commission

To become an LLC in Mississippi, you must register as an employer with the state of Mississippi. This involves filing a form with the Mississippi State Tax Commission. You will also have to register with several other agencies:

  • The Department of Employment Security (MES)
  • The Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • The Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Apply for Local, County, and State Licenses and Permits

  • Apply for Local, County, and State Licenses and Permits

You will need to apply for any licenses or permits that are required by local governments. These include:

  • Business license
  • Tax registration certificate (if you do not have one)

Set Up Sales Tax Accounting Systems with the State Tax Commission

You’ll also want to set up sales tax accounting systems with the State Tax Commission. The commission will send you an annual report of your sales tax liability and is responsible for collecting and distributing all sales taxes collected on behalf of the state. You can access these forms online, where they have step-by-step instructions for filling out each one. Here are some key things you need to know about filing:

  • Keep track of what you sell: When someone purchases something from your business, that transaction is called a sale or purchase and is subject to taxation by law if it involves goods or services in Mississippi (even if those goods aren’t intended for use within the state). The only way to avoid paying these taxes would be if every single item you bought was used solely within your business premises; otherwise, any time someone buys anything from outside their home state—even just a soda at lunch—you’ll need to pay sales tax on it!

Let Clients Know You’re in Business! Have a great website, brochure or pamphlet, and business cards.

Before you can open your doors to customers, you need to let them know that you’re in business. There are a few ways of doing this:

  • Create an online presence with a website and social media accounts. If you want people to be able to find you online (and who doesn’t?), then having a clean, well-designed website is essential. You’ll also want one or two other types of online content for marketing purposes—a brochure or pamphlet would work perfectly here!
  • Have business cards ready for when people come into the office for an appointment with one of our attorneys. One thing I’ve learned about clients is that they tend not only to remember the last thing I said but also how it was presented visually on my card (or if it wasn’t so great). So make sure yours looks professional and reflects well upon both yourself and our firm as a whole!
  • Put together some sort of brochure or pamphlet detailing what services we offer: what our fees are; how many hours per month each attorney works on average; etc., along with testimonials from previous clients who were happy with our service (you can use fake names if necessary). These can usually be printed at any local print shop like Staples or Office Depot—and trust me when I say that once word gets out about how awesome these things turn out being handed out at networking events or conferences where lawyers so often end up meeting each other anyway!


When forming an LLC, it’s very important to follow the steps carefully. If you have any questions during the process, ask a friend or family member for help. If you feel like you need more support from someone who knows what they’re doing, hire a professional!


Opening a business is a big decision and one that you should take seriously. The most important step is to make sure that your LLC formation is legally valid, so read through this article carefully and follow the steps closely. Your business will have its own bank account, EIN Number and tax ID number when its done!

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