Are you looking to incorporate in California? Are you trying to learn about California incorporation or corporation laws? The following summary can get you started on your path to incorporation.
|Secretary of State Contact Information||California Secretary of State|
(For LLCs: Note “LLC Unit”)
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
|Secretary of State Address||www.ss.ca.gov|
|Corporation Filing Fees||The fee for filing Articles of Incorporation is $100. While incorporators need not name initial directors in the Articles of Incorporation, if initial directors are named, all initial directors must sign and acknowledge the articles.|
|Corporation Name Reservation Information and Fees||California incorporators may pay a $10 fee to reserve a name. The name reservation remains effective for 60 days.|
|Periodic Corporation Reporting Requirements||California corporations and registered corporations must file a Statement of Information (Form SI-200C) within 90 days of organization along with a fee of $20. The Statement of Information must be filed biennially thereafter. The Statement of Information must be accompanied by a $5 disclosure fee.|
|Corporation Tax Forms||http://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/index.html|
|Corporate Tax Summary||California corporations and foreign corporations doing business in California are required to pay a minimum $800 annual Franchise Tax due within three months of the close of the accounting year, but see above under ‘Corporation Filing Fees‘ for first and second year exemptions. C Corporations pay 8.84 percent of income and S corporations pay 1.5 percent of the corporation’s income.|
|“S” Corporation Information||California requires the filing of Form FTP3560 (S Corporation Election or Termination/Revocation) to qualify as an S corporation. S corporations pay the $800 minimum Franchise Tax, OR 1.5 percent of income.|
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