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Form a Domestic Limited Liability Company in Maine – Limited Liability Company Certificate of Formation (Form MLLC-6)

Form a Domestic Limited Liability Company in Maine – Limited Liability Company Certificate of Formation (Form MLLC-6)

The Maine Limited Liability Company Certificate of Formation (Form MLLC-6) must be submitted to the Maine Secretary of State, Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions so an entity may form as a Limited Liability Company in compliance Main Revised Statutes Title 31, Chapter 21 Limited Liability Companies. This will require that facts such as the […]

Form a Foreign Limited Liability Company in Maine – Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities (MLLC-12)

Form a Foreign Limited Liability Company in Maine – Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities (MLLC-12)

The Maine Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities (MLLC – 12) must be approved by the Maine Secretary of State before a foreign Limited Liability Company may conduct business within state lines. Such a Limited Liability Company is known as a foreign Limited Liability Company in the State of Maine because it was originally […]

How to Form

Step 1 – In order to form a Limited Liability Company in Maine, you will need to think of a Name that is both unique on the record books and contains the business suffix “Limited Liability Company” (or a reasonably accepted abbreviation of such). If desired, you may take some necessary precautions when seeking a Name by checking the Maine Secretary of State records. You may do this here: https://icrs.informe.org/nei-sos-icrs/ICRS?MainPage=x. When you do confirm the Name you have chosen for the forming Limited Liability Company has not been taken, you may choose to reserve the Name. This is not mandatory to register a Limited Liability Company, you may file the Limited Liability Company State of Maine Application for Reservation of Name. This will reserve the Name you have chosen for 120 days. This will come with an application fee of $20.00.

Step 2 – Next, you will need to focus on such topics as the structure and purpose of the Limited Liability Company being formed. Covering topics such who will manage the company and how it will be taxed before forming the Limited Liability Company will contribute to a level of Organization conducive to an efficient formation.

Step 3 – Make sure you have satisfied state requirements in the formation of this entity. For instance, all Limited Liability Companies will need to have a Maine Registered Agent to accept such things as Service of Process. This must be an individual or entity with a Registered Address in the State of Maine where this party or entity may be physically found.

Step 4 – Once you have made sure, you are in compliance with all the state and federal preliminary requirements for organizing a Limited Liability Company you may officially form one by registering it with the Maine Secretary of State. This is done by submitting a Maine Limited Liability Company Certificate of Formation to register a domestic Limited Liability Company for the first time or, if a foreign Limited Liability Company, submitting a State of Maine Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities. Either filing will need to be submitted by mail and both will carry a Filing Fee which must be paid for the document to be accepted. The Filing Fee for the Maine Limited Liability Company Certificate of Formation is $175.00. The Filing Fee for the State of Maine Statement of Foreign Qualification to Conduct Activities is $250.00. Both are payable with a check made out to “Secretary of State” or with a credit card, provided you submit the credit card account information using the Credit Card Payment Voucher.

Mail To:

Secretary of State
Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101

After Formation

Structure: Determining how your Limited Liability Company will be run and the agreements to be held in place concerning everything from Member rights to Manager responsibilities should be discussed regularly in Organizational Meetings. Here you may draw up the Operational Agreements which will, in many cases, prevent potentially disastrous misunderstandings down the line.

EIN: The Entity Identification Number is an ID used by the Internal Revenue Service to identify an entity for Tax purposes. Some Limited Liability Compaies, such as those with employees or more than one member, will need to apply for one. Contact the Internal Revenue Service to find out more information. It is also a good idea to contact the Maine Revenue Service to verify the entity being formed is in compliance with local and state Tax Laws.

Maintenance: The Annual Report is a standard maintenance filing that must be filed with the Secretary of State by June 1st every year. You may obtain a blank copy here: Maine Annual Report or you may file this online here:http://www10.informe.org/aro/index_on.html. The Filing Fee for an Annual Report filed by a domestic Limited Liability Company is $85.00. The Filing Fee for an Annual Report filed by a foreign Limited Liability Company is $150.00

 

Contact

Address:

Secretary of State
Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101
Phone: 207.624.7736
Fax: 207.287.5428
Website: http://www.maine.gov/sos/

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