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Corporation (S Corp, C Corp)

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strengthen your business'
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  • Documents filed with the state forming your corporation
  • Personalized bylaws and resolutions defining who owns and manages the company
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Starting at $149 plus state filing fee. See price details or sample documents

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Our attorneys continually maintain our documents to be up-to-date with the latest legal requirements in each state.


Easy as 1-2-3

  • Answer a few easy questions in as little as 15 minutes.
  • We'll assemble your documents and file them directly with the Secretary of State.
  • You'll receive your completed Corporation package by mail.

What's the difference between a Corporation and an LLC?

Not sure if a Corporation or an LLC is right for you? Fortunately, there are a few simple guidelines many new owners go by.

Corporation

Plan to raise money from outside investors

The stricter formalities give investors the knowledge they desire about how your company is run.

Plan to go public in the future

Are you shooting for the stars for a big exit?

LLC

Fewer formalities and legal requirements

For example, you don't have to hold board meetings or maintain records detailing how every company decision is made.

Ease of set up and management

Just set up and get to running your business.

Learn about starting an LLC


Ready to launch?

Our flexible pricing options make it easy to get started.

ECONOMY

$149

+ state filing fee

The Basics to Get You Started

Preliminary corporation name clearance and filing of Articles of Incorporation.

Personalized bylaws

Includes provisions that help protect directors and officers from liability.

$50,000 Peace of Mind Guarantee

You get lifetime customer support and our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

STANDARD

$239

+ state filing fee
Everything from Economy plus:

Deluxe Incorporation Kit

All of your documents organized in a custom-embossed binder

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3 full months of QuickBooks Online

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EXPRESS GOLD

$369

+ state filing fee
Everything from Standard plus:

Rush Processing

Expedited review and printing in 2 business days

Two-Day Delivery

Once documents are ready, LegalZoom will ship your final package for arrival on the second business day

Attorney and Tax Support*

30 days to get all your legal and tax questions answered by licensed independent attorneys and tax professionals

$30 Off Your Federal Tax ID

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More questions?

  • What is the difference between a C corporation and an S corporation?
    The IRS allows corporations to choose to be taxed as either a "C corporation" or an "S corporation." Income from C corporations are subject to double taxation; that is, the corporation pays taxes on its net income and then the shareholders also pay taxes on the income that they receive from the corporation. S corporations have only one level of taxation. The shareholders still have to pay taxes on money that they receive from the corporation, but an S corporation does not pay taxes on its net income. While the S corporation is popular among small business owners, C corporations have greater tax planning flexibility and can shield shareholders from direct tax liability.
  • How does a corporation protect my personal assets?
    If a business operates as a corporation, the business owners, called shareholders, are not personally liable for debts or other claims against the corporation. That's because the corporation is a separate legal entity from its owners. If a corporation complies with the formalities required for it to be treated as a separate legal entity, then anyone seeking to collect a debt from, or enforce a claim against, a corporation, would not be able to collect from the shareholders themselves. They would only be able to pursue the assets held in the name of the corporation.
  • Why do many people choose to form their corporation in Delaware?
    Delaware is a very popular place in which to form corporations. However, the primary benefits apply to larger public corporations or those planning to go public. Delaware's laws provide heightened protection for board members against lawsuits brought by shareholders, and Delaware has a court exclusively dedicated to resolving corporate disputes. These benefits don't mean much to smaller corporations. Keep in mind that if a corporation forms in Delaware and does business in another state, the corporation would be required to file additional paperwork, and pay any taxes and/or fees required to do business in that state. Given those factors, many smaller corporations keep it simple and form in the state in which they plan to do business.
  • Is a corporation right for me?

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