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.
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:
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:
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 allows professional, 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 Pennsylvania corporations.
Pennsylvania corporations must keep the following items with their corporate records at the principal office in Pennsylvania or the registered office:
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania 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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