Entrepreneurs or individuals seeking to establish a charitable organization may create a Missouri corporation. Filers create a corporate entity through the Missouri Secretary of State. They may obtain corporation filing forms online for either type of entity. Filers then fill out and submit the forms to the Secretary of State to create a Missouri business or nonprofit corporation.
Visit the “Download Fees and Forms” page on the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. You may find this page at Sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/forms.asp. Click on the “Schedule of Corporation Fees and Charges” to get detailed information on the fees for filing a Missouri corporation.
In general, the fee is $25 for a Missouri nonprofit and at least $58 for a business corporation. If the value of authorized shares goes above $30,000, you should refer to the fee schedule for the exact fee. When you get ready to submit your form and fee, make out a check to “Secretary of State.”
Click on the “Articles of Incorporation” link for the type of Missouri business you seek to establish. Note that you will be using forms that provide the bare minimum necessary to form either type of corporation. You may need to consult a Missouri attorney experienced in business law and formation to assist you in structuring your for-profit business or charity. Fill out the “Articles of Incorporation.”
Be careful when filing a Missouri nonprofit to use the necessary provisions for obtaining federal tax-exempt status. You should refer to Publication 557 (search for it at IRS,gov) before completing and filing your nonprofit “Articles of Incorporation.” You must include special provisions in your Missouri form to later qualify for the federal tax benefits.
Fill out the filing forms and prepare the filing fees. When you complete all the paperwork, make two copies and send them and your check to the following address:
ATTN: Corporations Division
PO Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102
However, if you send an express mailing or other service that is delivered by hand, use the following address:
Missouri State Information Center
600 W. Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
1. If you have any questions, you may call the Missouri Secretary of State Corporations Division at 866-223-6535.
2. Use the business-entity search at Sos.mo.gov/BusinessEntity/soskb/csearch.asp to determine if your desired Missouri corporation name is available. You may not use a name already registered by a different company.
Missouri Secretary of State Corporate Forms and Fees
Missouri Business Entity Search Engine