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 Florida incorporation.
The corporation's name must contain the word "Corporation," "Company," Incorporated" or an abbreviation thereof. It may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for purposes other than that permitted by Florida law or the Articles of Incorporation. The name must be such as will distinguish it from another corporation formed in the state. Words such as "Bank," "Bancorp," "Mortgage" and "Loan" require approval from the Department of Financial Regulation.
The following are Florida’s requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in Florida is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Florida's requirements include:
Florida allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians to form a professional association (PA).
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 Florida corporations.
Florida corporations are required to keep the following items with their corporate records:
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees in Florida:
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.
Florida 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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