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 West Virginia incorporation.
The name must contain either the word or an abbreviation of "Company," "Corporation," "Incorporated" or "Limited." The name must not be the same as or deceptively similar to a name already in use by another existing corporation or foreign corporation qualified to do business in West Virginia without either written consent of the other corporation or a court order establishing the right of the applicant to use the name. The name must not imply a purpose other than that stated in the Articles of Incorporation.
The following are West Virginia’s requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in West Virginia is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. West Virginia's requirements include:
West Virginia 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 West Virginia corporations.
West Virginia corporations must keep complete corporate records at the principal office.
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for West Virginia 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.
West Virginia recognizes the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election.
View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in West Virginia:
The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.
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