You need the right name for your California corporation. Choosing the right name is vital because it tells your suppliers, customers and employees what your business does. California has several rules and regulations about what you can call your new business. Let’s explore what they are.
The following terms can’t be used to say your business name is different from another business name:
It should not be possible to confuse the name of your business with the name of another California business. For example, you can’t claim that Purple People Co., Purple People Corporation, Purple People Incorporated, Purple People Corporation or Purple People are different from one another.
Although these are the main rules about naming your business in California, there are plenty more. You can find additional rules about naming your California business on the California Secretary of State website.
In addition to the rules above, it’s also vital to see if your California corporation name might infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. For example, it might not be a good idea to call yourself “General Electric Research Services,” since General Electric is a trademark.
The easiest way to see if your proposed business name infringes is to carry out a trademark search. You can do that via the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or Incfile can help you protect your business with our new trademark search and registration service. You should also bear in mind that your California business entity name cannot be substantially similar to an existing trademark or service mark.
Finding the perfect name can be tough. You want a business name that:
Fortunately, we’ve got some good advice on seeking out the perfect business name for your California corporation. Check out our guidance on naming your corporation and get inspired.
Once you’ve found the right name for your business, it’s time to make it a reality. Check out our packages for starting your California corporation and form your corporation today.
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Due Date: During six-month period ending on last day of anniversary month of incorporation or qualification.
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Important:The initial Statement of Information filing is due within 90 days of the entity formation date.
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$800 payment for the LLC Franchise Tax is due by 15th day of the 4th month after your LLC is filed. The month your LLC is filed counts as Month 1, regardless if you file on the 1st of the month, the last of the month, or any day of the month, really. This means that if you were to file your LLC on March 22nd, then you must pay the $800 fee no later than June 15th (in this example, March is Month 1, April is Month 2, May is Month 3, and June is Month 4). Then, every year after your first payment $800 LLC Franchise Tax will be due by April 15th. You pay the $800 LLC Franchise Tax using Form 3522 called the LLC Tax Voucher.
(We do not assist in the filing of the Franchise Tax Report)
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