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Why start a corporation

Attract investors

Raise funds by appealing to investors who may prefer corporations for their ability to offer stock.

Entice employees

Win over—and keep—top talent by giving them shares.

Look more official

Corporations have more clout—which can make it easier to do business with other companies.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Both protect owners so they're not personally on the hook for business liabilities or debts. Key differences include how they're owned (LLCs have one or more individual owners and corporations have shareholders) and maintained (corporations generally have more formal record-keeping and reporting requirements). Even though LLCs are considered easier to start and maintain, investors tend to prefer corporations.

  2. The way you're taxed and owned, and how shares work.

    C corporation income is taxed twice—the business pays taxes on its net income, and then the shareholders also pay taxes on the profits they receive. With S corporation income, only the shareholders pay taxes on profits received.

    C corporations have no limits on how many people and who can own shares. S corporations are limited to 100 shareholders who must be U.S. citizens or residents.

    C corporation owners may get preferred stock—which comes with no voting rights but priority to dividends before common shareholders. S corporation owners can only get common stock which comes with voting rights.

    About 70% of our corporation customers choose to be an S corporation, but don't feel like any decision is final. You can always convert to a C corporation later.

  3. It ensures that you and other shareholders aren't personally on the hook for company debts and liabilities.

  4. Large public corporations or those planning to go public can benefit from things like Delaware's well-established and predictable body of corporate law—aka how courts tend to resolve business disputes. Venture capital firms and angel investors also often prefer Delaware corporations. However, most small businesses form in the state where they do business to avoid added costs and complexities.

  5. Think of shares as your piece of the ownership pie—and there are two main types (i.e. "common" and "preferred").

    Common shareholders have voting rights and can receive dividends if they're issued. Preferred shareholders have priority over common shareholders when it comes to dividends and payout claims (if the corporation becomes insolvent).

  6. You need majority shareholder consent to switch before you can change your status with the IRS.

It's simple to get started

  1. Tell us your business name
  2. Answer a few questions
  3. We'll complete and file your paperwork

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"We knew we needed to formalize our business, but didn't yet have the capital or resources to use a traditional law firm. LegalZoom was a great option for us, and we're still excited to use them today."
Greer Wilk* and Shaina Denny, corporation customer
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"With [LegalZoom's] assistance, I've been able to stay on top of my state and federal filings as well as run an efficient business. Thank you so much for the advice throughout every step of the way."
Yvonne Bulimo, corporation customer
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"I enjoyed my experience with LegalZoom because they gave me peace of mind! They filed my paperwork during the pandemic, and were very helpful. Their knowledgeable staff answered all my questions without hesitation, and knew all the avenues to get my needs met."
Lori Nayehalski, corporation customer


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