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Form a Louisiana Corporation



Establish your corporation with LegalZoom today. We have helped thousands of businesses just like yours incorporate online in three easy steps. Choosing a corporation as your legal business entity will protect your personal and business assets while providing fringe benefits and possibly even shrinking your tax bill. We're always here to help you sort out different types of corporations so you can make your move right away. Make your business work for you!



When incorporating in Louisiana with LegalZoom, we not only file your articles of incorporation with the Louisiana Secretary of State, but we also prepare customized bylaws and director resolutions. We can also obtain your Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) and provide other customized services for your Louisiana corporation.

Louisiana Incorporation Information

Incorporating in Louisiana

Corporate Name:

Choosing a business name is one of the first steps in forming your Louisiana Corporation. The name that you choose:
  • Must be distinguishable from any other registered Louisiana business entity and any reserved names on record, subject to certain exceptions under state law
  • May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a charitable or nonprofit purpose other than that permitted by state law and its articles of incorporation
  • May not contain the phrase "doing business as." LegalZoom allows you to select up to 3 names, in order of preference. We will conduct a name check before filing to see which names are available.
In addition, the name must contain one of (or an abbreviation of) the following endings, or words or abbreviations of like import in another language:
  • "Incorporated"
  • "Corporation"
  • "Company" (NOTE: this word may not be preceded by the word "and" or a symbol denoting it, such as "&")
  • "Limited"
Louisiana state law restricts the use of certain words and phrases in business names, including those related to banking, trusts, architecture, surveying and engineering. When you incorporate with LegalZoom, your business name choices are reviewed for compliance with applicable state laws.

Formation Requirements:

When incorporating in Louisiana, articles of incorporation must be filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State. Louisiana law requires that certain information be included in your articles of incorporation. The following is a summary of those requirements:

Incorporators:
  • Minimum Number of Incorporators: One or more.
  • Eligibility Requirements: None.
  • Duties: Delivering articles of incorporation to the Secretary of State for filing.
  • Listing Requirements - The full name and post office address of each incorporator must be listed.
Corporate Purpose(s):

Louisiana allows a standard business corporation to be formed for any lawful business purposes, except for certain types of businesses including banking, insurance and the practice of law

Director Information:
  • Minimum Number of Directors: One or more. No director may serve more than five years in one single term.
  • Eligibility Requirements: Directors must be natural persons. The articles of incorporation or bylaws may prescribe additional qualifications for directors.
  • Listing Requirements: Not required in the articles when incorporating in Louisiana
  • Stock Information:
  • The aggregate number of shares and relative rights of each class that the corporation is authorized to issue must be included in the articles.
  • The par value of shares, if there is only one class of shares, must be included in the articles.
Other Required Information:
  • The corporate purpose(s).
  • The duration of the corporation, if not perpetual.
  • The taxpayer identification number of the corporation.
Initial Report:

Lousiana requires that an initial report be filed with the articles of incorporation, containing the following information:

The (non-post office box) address and municipal location of the corporation's registered office, registered agent and any initial directors named in the articles.

Optional Provisions:

Louisiana permits optional provisions to be integrated into the articles of incorporation, such as:
  • Any shareholder preemptive rights.
  • The names and addresses of the initial directors.
  • Regulating the powers of the corporation, its board of directors, and shareholders.
  • Any reversionary attributes of the corporation's cash, property or stock.
  • Limitation of director liability to the corporation or its shareholders in certain situations.
Bylaws:

Bylaws govern a Louisiana corporation's business and affairs. A corporation maintains its bylaws at its principal executive office and is not required to file them with the government. The board of directors of a corporation may adopt, amend or repeal bylaws, unless the articles reserve this right for the shareholders.

Officer Information:

A president, secretary, treasurer and one or more vice presidents must be elected by the board of directors. However, if the officers are listed in the articles or an amendment to them, a non-post office box address must be listed for each officer. Any officer may hold more than one office in the Louisiana incorporation, provided that no officer signs a certificate or other legal instrument in more than one capacity.

Registered agent: LegalZoom can also provide your business with registered agent services. Every Louisiana corporation must have a registered agent in Louisiana -- the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence and notice if the corporation is "served" with a lawsuit.

Eligibility Requirements - The registered agent must be either (1) a resident individual of Louisiana, (2) a business corporation, (3) a partnership or professional law corporation with authority to transact business in Louisiana or (4) a foreign corporation with authority to transact business in Louisiana and whose articles or certificate of incorporation authorize it to act as the corporation's registered agent.

Registered office:

Louisiana requires that every corporation maintain a registered office in this state, which will be considered the Louisiana corporation's domicile for all purposes

Annual Report:

A report must be filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State each year. This report must be filed each year on or before the anniversary of the date on which the corporation was incorporated, and must indicate:
  • The (non-post office box) address and municipal location of the corporation's registered office, registered agent, directors and officers;
  • The number of issued shares of each class of its authorized capital stock; and
  • The taxpayer identification number of the corporation.
Income Tax Rate: For information on the Louisiana state income tax rate, visit: http://www.rev.state.la.us/