Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand state requirements for Alabama incorporation.
The corporation's name must contain the word “Incorporated,” "Corporation" or an abbreviation thereof. It must not contain words implying a different business purpose from those in the Articles of Incorporation. The name must not be the same as or deceptively similar to a name already in use, or a registered or reserved name.
The following are Alabama’s requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in Alabama is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Alabama's requirements include:
Some states require additional filings or steps at the time of incorporation, such as a county level filing, publishing notice of the incorporation in a local newspaper or an initial report filing. Alabama requires the following:
Alabama allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).
Alabama corporations are required to keep the following records at their principal place of business:
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees in Alabama:
Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.
Alabama recognizes the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election.
View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining LLCs in Alabama
The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.
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