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Minnesota LLC Articles of OrganizationA lot goes into the conception and planning of a new business. It is the Articles of Organization that makes the LLC official. Being prepared before sitting down to complete the application will help you finish it efficiently.

First, have all of the required information handy. You will be asked for the following information:

  • The name of the Minnesota LLC
  • The name and address of the registered agent
  • The name(s), address(es), and signature(s) of the organizer(s)
  • An email address for official notices
  • A contact name and telephone number

In addition, the Minnesota Business Snapshot, a brief and optional survey, is included with the application.

Second, the cost of filing the Articles of Organization is $135 if filling through the mail or $155 for expedited filing online or delivering in person, so have a credit card or check ready to go.

Finally, processing time varies depending on which option you choose. If you’re in a hurry, consider the expedited option (online or in person) which will process the same day. Standard processing (by mail) will take approximately three weeks.

 

Filing Options

When filing the Articles of Organization, use one of the three methods below.

Online Filing

In order to complete an online application, you will first need to set up an account with the Office of the Secretary of State.

Hard Copy Filing

Applications and payments can be sent or delivered in person to the following address:

Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building

60 Empire Drive, Suite 100

St Paul, MN 55103

 

Want Help Filing Your Articles of Organization?

If you decide to use your time building your business rather than completing paperwork, but don’t want to spend the money on an attorney, an LLC formation service is a great compromise.

Lots of online incorporation services are out there but do vary in perks offered, processing times (theirs, not the state’s), and price.

In general, a service will collect and review your information, prepare the documents, and send them to the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. They will contact you when the Articles of Organization have been filed.

One additional benefit offered by some services is a free year of registered agent service. Others offer order tracking or notifications of future legal requirements needed with the state.

After reviewing all the top LLC services available, we found IncFile and Northwest Registered Agent the best overall options. While neither of them have as high brand power as the industry giant, LegalZoom, both services have great customer support, prices and offer a free registered agent.

 

(Post Formation Checklist) After LLC Formation

After you have filed the formation documents with the state, it’s important not to overlook a few critical details.

Taxes

On the federal level, most LLCs do not pay taxes directly to the government. Instead, they report income and losses on the owner’s personal 1040 tax returns. Schedule C is often used for reporting. Unless the LLC chooses to be taxed as a corporation, a single-member LLC is taxed as a Sole Proprietorship and a multi-member LLC is taxed as a Partnership.

Similarly, most LLCs will pay state tax on pass-through income via their personal income tax returns. The exception is if an election is made to tax the LLC as a corporation.

Unlike some states, Minnesota does not require LLCs to pay a franchise or privilege tax.

If your LLC has employees, you will need to pay a withholding and unemployment tax. Businesses that sell merchandise will need to pay a sales and/or use tax. You will need to register for any of the above taxes with the Minnesota Department of Revenue online, through the mail or by phone.

Finally, an LLC may need to file and pay a local tax to a city, municipality, or county.

Licensing

Some LLCs are required to register for various state licenses and permits before a business can begin operations. This may include a professional license. Requirements and fees vary according to the license or permit. In order to determine what is required of your LLC in Minnesota, check out Minnesota Elicensing, the state’s licensing web portal.  It can be browsed by topic, by agency, or by using the A-Z index of licensing.

Local municipalities and counties may have their own requirements for licensing and permits. Check the websites in the locale in which your LLC is based.

Reporting

After an LLC is formed, an annual renewal must be filed by December 31 each year. A fee is not charged for the renewal if the LLC is in good standing. If an annual renewal is not filed, the LLC risks losing its good standing status which can lead to dissolution by the state. The annual renewal can be filed online. It can also be mailed or delivered to the following address:

Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building

60 Empire Drive, Suite 100

St Paul, MN 55103