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Why Form a corporation in California.


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Registered Agents and Your California Corporation

Your California corporation needs to have a Registered Agent. They’re chosen by you and can accept legal notices and other correspondence for your California corporation on your behalf. There are some rules on choosing Registered Agents:

  • If you choose a person, he or she must reside in California
  • If you choose a business, they must be able to conduct business in California
  • They must have a physical street address (not a P.O. Box)
  • They must be available in person to sign for any delivered correspondence during normal business hours

Form your C Corporation or S Corporation through us. Our Registered Agent service includes a dashboard where you can review documents received, get automatic notification of correspondence and get free forwarding of all official, legal correspondence.

California Registered Agents: What Type of Legal Notices Might They Receive?

A California Registered Agent may receive, on behalf of your corporation:

  • Correspondence from the California Secretary of State
  • Service of process notices (e.g. if your corporation is sued or required to appear in court)
  • Official California state and federal government correspondence and notifications
  • Tax forms and requests to complete permits, company filings and reports

Note that the California Secretary of State does need the address of your Registered Agent, and it needs to be a street address, not a P.O. Box.

A Registered Agent might also be known as a “Corporate Agent,” "Resident Agent," “Agent for Service of Process” or "Statutory Agent."

Acting as Your Own Registered Agent for Your California Corporation

If you live in California, you might choose to be the Registered Agent for your corporation. Be aware that there may be some drawbacks to this:

  • The Registered Agent must have a physical street address in the state where you are forming the company. Some people establish companies outside of the state they live in and will need to use a Registered Agent service to provide the address.
  • You always need to have someone on hand to receive important documents for your business during business hours (typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday). A person must always be available to sign for legal correspondence. If you can’t always be around, consider using a third-party Registered Agent service like Incfile.
  • The Registered Agent’s name and address is part of the public record and available through the California Secretary of State's website. If you would prefer your name and address isn’t published, you might choose a Registered Agent service.
  • If you change your California business address or move out of state, you don’t need to file additional documentation with the Secretary of State for the new address of your Registered Agent. You will need to setup a new Registered Agent service in the new state.

There are more considerations, but this should help you with your decision to use a Registered Agent service.

If You Don’t Have a Registered Agent for Your California Corporation

Failing to have a Registered Agent in California can cause your business issues. These include:

  • Getting served or sued and not finding out about it. If your business is sued and you don’t know about it, you could lose to a default judgement in your absence.
  • California corporations need to remain in good standing with the Secretary of State. If correspondence is undeliverable, certain states may revoke your right to do business.
  • Losing your status as a California corporation. A Registered Agent “proves” to the state that your business exists. Without it, you could lose your business entity protections and your California corporation may be dissolved.

Incfile Will Provide a Registered Agent for California on Behalf of Your Corporation

Here at Incfile, we have a reliable Registered Agent Service. We provide the first year of this service completely free if you choose to form your corporation with us. After the first year, it’s only $99 per year — a small price for your peace of mind. Here’s what our service provides:

  • An always available Registered Agent service that can receive correspondence, documents and legal proceedings on your behalf
  • A digital dashboard where you can access, store and retrieve any information we’ve received for your business
  • Email notification whenever we receive documents for your business
  • Automatic forwarding of all legal correspondence, documentation and information directly to you

Form your C Corporation or S Corporation with us today to get your first year of a Registered Agent service for free, including easy access to our comprehensive online dashboard.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in California?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$130 26 Business Days 16 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Statement of Information

Frequency: Biennially

Due Date: During six-month period ending on last day of anniversary month of incorporation or qualification.

Filing Fee: $20

Important:The initial Statement of Information filing is due within 90 days of the entity formation date.

 

California Franchise Tax

Frequency: Annually

Franchise Tax Fee: $800 (minimum)
$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)

Learn more about starting a business in California

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