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 California incorporation.
Name endings are not required to be used in the corporate name unless the corporation is being filed as a professional corporation or close corporation, or if it is using a person's name. In such cases, the name must end with "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof. The name must not be likely to mislead the public. It must not be the same as, or resemble so closely as to lead to deception, the name of a domestic or qualified foreign corporation, a name under reservation or the registered or assumed
The following are California's requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in California is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. California's requirements include:
After forming a corporation, you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability a corporation provides its owners. This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for California corporations.
Corporations are required to keep the following items at the principal executive office or principal business office in the State of California:
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees in California:
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.
California recognizes the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election.
The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.
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