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 Washington incorporation.
Cost to incorporate in Washington
At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a Washington 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 Washington 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 corporate name must include the word "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Company," "Limited" or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co." or "Ltd." The name must not imply a purpose other than the purpose stated in the Articles of Incorporation. It must be distinguishable from the name of any other domestic corporation or of any foreign corporation authorized to do business in state. The words "Bank," "Loan" and "Home Loan" require approval from the Department of Financial Institutions. The word "Trust" cannot be used in a name. Use of the word "Co-Operative" is restricted.
The following are Washington’s requirements for directors of corporations:
Corporations must have one or more directors.
Washington does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
Washington does not have age requirements.
Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation.
Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation
The document required to form a corporation in Washington is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Washington'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 Washington. 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. Washington requires the following:
Washington requires corporations to file an initial report within 120 days of incorporation.
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 Washington corporations.
Washington corporations must keep the following items with their corporate records at the principal office:
The Articles of Incorporation and any amendments
Financial statements for the past three years
Minutes of shareholder meetings for the past three years
Records of actions taken by the shareholders without a meeting for the past three years
Written communications to shareholders for the past three years
A list of names and business addresses of current directors and officers
The corporation’s initial report and the most recent annual report
Corporate taxes and fees
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Washington corporations:
Washington requires corporations to file an annual report on or before the last day of the anniversary month of the company’s incorporation. The cost is $69.
Washington does not recognize the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election. You can still have an S corporation in Washington. The S corporation will only be an S corporation for federal tax purposes and not for state tax purposes. For state purposes, the corporation will be treated as a regular C corporation.
Additional Washington information
View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Washington: