Why Form a Corporation in California?

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Start Your California Corporation in Six Steps

Setting up a CA corporation doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve created this straightforward guide on how to form a corporation in California.

Starting your California S Corporation or C Corporation with Incfile is fast and easy. We’ll gather all the information we need from you and file it with the CA Secretary of State. Here are the six steps you need to follow to form a corporation in California.

The Benefits of Forming a Corporation in California

Briefly, the benefits of forming a California corporation are:

  • A California S Corporation or C Corporation will protect your personal finances and assets by limiting your liability.
  • S Corporations can provide tax advantages for California business owners by reducing the self-employment tax you pay.
  • If you want limited options to buy, sell or transfer stock, a California S Corporation gives you some options.
  • CA C Corporations give you the most flexibility for creating, transferring and selling stock.

If you don’t need the options for buying and selling stock, a California LLC may be a better choice for your business. You can even have your LLC treated as an S Corporation for tax purposes to save you money.

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The Six Steps to Setting up Your California Corporation

Useful Corporation Information from the State of California

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Other Types of CA Corporations

A regular California S Corporation or C Corporation is suitable for almost all business needs, but you also have a few other options to incorporate a special type of corporation.

Need to Form a California Corporation Quickly and Easily?

Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your corporation. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps on your behalf, such as filing your Articles of Incorporation. Our packages also provide a free Registered Agent service for the first year. If you're looking for assistance forming a corporation, we can help you start a CA S Corporation or C Corporation.

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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.

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