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 North Carolina incorporation.
The name must contain either the word "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Company" or "Limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co." or "Ltd." Names may not contain language stating or implying the corporation is organized for purposes not permitted under North Carolina law and its Articles of Incorporation. The name must be distinguishable from the name of any domestic, foreign or nonprofit corporation, or the reserved or registered name of a limited liability company or partnership. Use of words such as "Insurance," "Mutual," "Trust," "Wholesale" and "Engineering" must be approved by the appropriate state department or agency.
The following are North Carolina’s requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in North Carolina is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. North Carolina's requirements include:
North Carolina 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 North Carolina corporations.
North Carolina corporations must keep the following items with their corporate records at the principal place of business:
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for North Carolina 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.
The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.
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