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 Georgia incorporation.
The corporation's name must include the word "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof. It must not exceed 80 characters, including spaces and punctuation. It may not contain language stating or implying the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by Georgia law or the Articles of Incorporation. It must be distinguishable from the other corporation names in the state. Use of words such as "Bank," "Credit Union," "Insurance" and "Trust" require approval by other state departments and/or commissioners.
The following are Georgia’s requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a Georgia corporation is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Georgia'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. Georgia requires the following:
Georgia allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians to form a professional corporation (PC).
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 Georgia corporations.
Georgia corporations must keep the following items with their corporate records at the principal place of business:
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees in Georgia:
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.
Georgia 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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