A corporation is a unique business type in that all profits and losses are completely separate from those of the owners. Therefore, the owners will (generally) not be held personally responsible for the company’s debts. Stockholders will share profits through the appreciation of stock and/or dividends (payment in cash, shares, or property), the exact manner of which will be decided upon by the board of directors. Corporations will benefit from the many tax advantages available through the corporate business structure as well as lower fees is certain States.

Step 1 – Select Your State

Step 2 – Choose Corporation Type

  • Domestic – New corporation formed within a State
  • Foreign – Existing corporation expanding into a State from an outside jurisdiction
  • Professional – Corporation that provides a professional service (e.x. dentist, architect, attorney)
  • Non-Profit – All money earned is used to further the company objective. Non-profits do not pay federal or State income tax and are typically charitable, religious, or educational organizations

Step 3 – Select a Name

Use the State links below to check and ensure the name you desire has not been registered. If you do a search and do not find any results, chances are the name is available.

Name Reservation – If you are not ready to create the corporation, you can opt to reserve the name for a period of 60 to 120 days (depending on the State) before deciding to register.

Step 4 – Filing Fees

The Articles of Incorporation (for domestic) or Certificate of Authority (for foreign) can be completed Online or in the Paper Format with the following fees:

Domestic Corporation Fees

  • AL – $100
  • AK - $50 – $250
  • AZ - $40 – $60
  • AR - $45 – $300
  • CA - $30 – $100
  • CO - $50
  • CT - $50 – $250
  • DE - $89 (min)
  • FL - $70
  • GA - $100
  • HI - $25 – $50
  • ID - $30 – $100
  • IL -  $50 – $150
  • IN - $30 – $100
  • IA - $20 – $50
  • KS - $20 – $90
  • KY - $40
  • LA - $75
  • ME - $40 – $145
  • MD - $170 – $220
  • MA - $35 – $265
  • MI - $20 – $1000
  • MN - $70 – $155
  • MS - $50
  • MO - $25 – $58
  • MT - $20 – $70
  • NE - $60 – $300
  • NV - $50 – $75
  • NH - $100
  • NJ - $75 – $125
  • NM - $100 – $1000
  • NY - $75 – $125
  • NC - $60 – $125
  • ND – $40 – $100
  • OH - $99
  • OK - $25 – $50
  • OR - $50 – $100
  • PA - $125
  • RI - $35 – $230
  • SC - $25 – $135
  • SD - $30 – $150
  • TN - $100
  • TX – $25 – $300
  • UT - $30 – $70
  • VT - $125
  • VA - $25 – $75
  • WA - $30 – $200
  • WV - $25 – $50
  • WI - $35 – $100
  • WY - $25 – $100

 Step 5 – Corporate Bylaws

Corporate Bylaws are required in the Highlighted States:

Step 6 – Employer Identification Number

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) should be acquired from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) immediately after forming your corporation. This number is issued by the IRS to oversee the financial activity of registered entities operating within the country. With an EIN, you company will be able to legally hire employees, apply for company credit cards, and otherwise perform a variety of financial transactions using the company name. Apply for an EIN by completing the Online Application or by submitting Form SS-4.