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 Iowa incorporation.
The name must contain the words "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Company," "Limited" or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," "Ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. The name must be distinguishable from that of any domestic or foreign corporation authorized to transact business or a name to which exclusive right is, at the time, reserved or registered.
The following are Iowa’s requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in Iowa is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Iowa's requirements include:
Iowa 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 Iowa corporations.
Iowa corporations must keep the following with their corporate records:
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Iowa corporations:
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.
Iowa 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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