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 Louisiana incorporation.
The name of the corporation must contain the word "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof. The name may contain the word "Company" or the abbreviation "Co.," if "Company" or "Co." is not immediately preceded by the word "and" or the symbol "&." The name must not be the same as or deceptively similar to any other reserved or registered name of another corporation. The name cannot use certain enumerated words relating to banking, savings and loans, or insurance. The words “State” and “Security” cannot be used in the name. Words such as “Bank,” “Cooperative,” “Guarantee,” “Loan,” “Mutual,” “Savings,” “Trust” and others require approval from the Office of Financial Institutions.
The following are Louisiana’s requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in Louisiana is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Louisiana'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. Louisiana requires the following:
Louisiana 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 Louisiana corporations.
Louisiana corporations must keep the following with their corporate records at the principal address or at the registered office:
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Louisiana 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.
Louisiana 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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