In Montana, businesses must file an Annual Report each year by April 15. There is a $15 filing fee. The Montana Secretary of State encourages all businesses to file their Annual Report online. However, you can also download a pre-filled paper form to submit through the mail.
Steps for Filing Your Montana Annual Report Online
The Montana Secretary of State encourages all businesses to file their Annual Reports online. Online filings are processed immediately, and confirmation is sent as soon as payment is processed. This ensures the fastest confirmation time.
To get started, enter your Folder ID Number on the Secretary of State’s website. If you have forgotten or misplaced your Folder ID number, you can find it by doing a Business Entity Name Search.
Update Annual Report
Once you’ve correctly entered your Folder ID Number, the system will automatically bring up your pre-filled Annual Report information from the previous year. You can make changes on this page, as well as add and delete information.
If you are going to make a change to your Montana registered agent, you can do this here. To choose a commercial registered agent, simply select the agent from the drop-down list of commerical agents.
When your information is updated, select Continue.
The next step is verification. You will see the changes you have made alongside the original information. You can correct any mistakes by selecting Back and reentering the information. Once everything is verified, you must enter your name in the Submitter category, as well as your email address. Then select Submit.
Fill out payment information. Annual Reports are due by April 15, and any report filed between January 1 and April 15 will be assessed a $15 filing fee. If your report is filed after 5:00pm on April 15 (Mountain Standard Time), you will be charged an additional $15 late fee.
You can pay with a debit or credit card. Registered users of Mt.gov can select to have the fee billed to their registered account. As of January 1, 2015, e-checks are no longer accepted as a form of payment.
Once you’ve made a payment selection, you can click Submit for Purchase.
Once the Montana Annual Report has been submitted and the payment accepted, you will receive confirmation from the Secretary of State by email.
Note that your Annual Report is not considered properly filed until you have actually received a confirmation email from the Montana Secretary of State.
If there is a problem with your filing and it does not process immediately, a representative of the Secretary of State will try to contact you.
Steps to File Your Annual Report by Mail
You can download the pre-filled form by clicking on the link above and scrolling down until you find the section for your particular entity (Domestic Limited Liability Company, Domestic Profit Corporation). Once you find the proper section, you will see at the top of each section a link to download the form.
Mail the Annual Report to:
Montana Secretary of State
PO Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801
Make checks payable to: Secretary of State, Helena MT 59620-2801
What Happens if I File My Montana Annual Report After April 15?
There is a late fee of $15. You can still file your Annual Report up until November 28. However, after 5:00pm on November 28, you can no longer file your Annual Report (October 31 for foreign companies). If you fail to file by November 28, your company will be involuntarily dissolved by the Secretary of State on December 1 (foreign companies will have their authority revoked on November 1).