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 Pennsylvania incorporation.
Cost to incorporate in Pennsylvania
At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a Pennsylvania corporation. View our pricing to incorporate as a
to plainly see:
BizFilings’ package prices.
BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
State fee for standard turn-around.
Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Pennsylvania with standard turn-around.
You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.
The name must contain either the word or the abbreviation of "Corporation," "Company," Incorporated" or "Limited." The name must be distinguishable from that of any domestic or foreign corporation registered in the state. The name may be in any language but must be expressed in English letters or characters or Arabic or Roman numerals. Use of words such as (but not limited to) "Bank," "Bond," "Endowment," "Insurance," "Survey," "Title" and "Trust" require approval by the appropriate state department or agency.
The following are Pennsylvania’s requirements for directors of corporations:
Corporations must have one or more directors.
Pennsylvania does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
Pennsylvania does not have age requirements.
Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation.
Director names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation
The document required to form a corporation in Pennsylvania is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Pennsylvania's requirements include:
Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value does not affect initial filing fees.
Corporations must list the name and address of a
with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Pennsylvania. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
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. Pennsylvania requires the following:
Pennsylvania requires corporations to publish notice of the incorporation in two newspapers, preferably one being a legal journal. Proof of the publication should be kept with the corporate records.
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 Pennsylvania corporations.
Pennsylvania corporate records
Pennsylvania corporations must keep the following items with their corporate records at the principal office in Pennsylvania or the registered office:
Complete and accurate books and records of account
Minutes of the proceedings of the incorporators, shareholders and directors
A share register giving the names and addresses of all shareholders and the number and class of shares held by each
Pennsylvania corporate taxes and fees
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Pennsylvania corporations:
Pennsylvania does not require corporations to file an annual report separate from the Corporate Tax Report.
Pennsylvania requires corporations to file a Corporate Tax Report with the Department of Revenue on or before April 15 or the 30th day after the federal due date for corporations operating on a fiscal year rather than a calendar year. Net income tax, capital stock tax, franchise tax and corporate loans tax are due with the report. For complete details on state taxes for Pennsylvania corporations, visit
Business Owner's Toolkit
State of Pennsylvania
Federal tax identification number (EIN).
is required for corporations that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
State tax identification number.
Pennsylvania does not require a state tax identification number.