To conduct business in the State of Montana, business entities such as limited liability companies and all types of corporations are required to register with the Montana Secretary of State. Following initial registration, you must file an annual report for your business entity each subsequent year to retain active standing. If you lose active standing, you may find it difficult to obtain financing, order inventory or continue to conduct business.
There is a $20 annual filing fee and reports must be submitted by April 15th. Reports filed after April 15th will pay an additional $15 late penalty. If the annual report is not submitted by September 1st, the entity may be involuntarily dissolved by the Secretary of State and you will lose your authority to conduct business in Montana.
Filing your annual report must now be done online via the Montana Secretary of State's Business Services page. Paper filing is no longer accepted. In order to log in to Business Services, you will need a Montana ePass login. If you do not already have an ePass account, you can visit their website and "Create an Account." For step by step instructions on ePass and filing your annual report, we recommend this tutorial. If you prefer to have an authorized agent complete your report, you may need to sign an authorization form.
We are happy to assist you with your annual reporting or if you have questions on the new filing system.