Form a Corporation in Colorado.

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Choosing a Corporation Name

Your new corporation’s name must be distinguishable from the name of any other registered or reserved Colorado business entity. It must also contain the words “incorporated,” “corporation,” “limited,” or “company,” or an abbreviation of these same terms. It may also not contain language stating or implying that it is organized for a purpose other than one permitted by state law or stated in its articles of incorporation.

If your corporate name is not considered to be distinguishable from one already on file with the state or in use, it’s not enough to merely change some punctuation, a definite or indefinite article (such as “a,” “an,” or “the”), or the status designator (“corporation,” “company,” “incorporated,” “limited,” etc.).

Corporate names can be reserved with the state for up to 120 days at a time for $10.

Articles of Incorporation

Colorado requires that a new corporation’s articles of incorporation must be filed (along with a $50 fee) with the Colorado Secretary of State, and that certain information be included:

  • There must be at least one incorporator, who can be either a natural person of at least 18 years of age or a corporation; the incorporator signs and files the articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State. The incorporator is not required to be a director, shareholder, or officer.
  • Name and address of the initial registered agent (who must sign the articles, acknowledging acceptance of the appointment.
  • The number and classes of shares that the corporation is authorized to issue.
  • If cumulative voting is not desired during the election of directors, this must be specified in the articles.

Other items that are not required, but are allowed to be included in the articles of incorporation, are:

  • Names and addresses of directors and director eligibility requirements.
  • Corporate purpose.
  • Circumstances where shareholders can be liable for corporate debts.
  • Par value for authorized shares or classes of stock.
  • Provisions for managing the business and regulating the affairs of the corporation.

Registered Agent and Office

Every Colorado corporation must have a registered agent in the state-a natural person with a primary residence in Colorado, or a registered business entity authorized to conduct business in the state.

Bylaws

A corporation must maintain its bylaws at its main executive office, but is not required to file them with the state. The incorporators or board of directors should adopt the corporation’s bylaws at its initial meeting-insuring that they do not conflict with the articles of incorporation-and keep them updated as time goes on.

Bylaws describe the corporation’s basic operating principles from both the managerial and legal perspectives, and should include as a minimum:

How, when, and where shareholders and directors meetings are held

What authority directors have, how many there are, and how long they serve

How consensus on major decisions is reached with and without meetings

Duties and responsibilities of officers and how long they serve

How stock is issued

Requirements for providing annual financial information to shareholders

Directors

The board of directors is responsible for making major decisions for the corporation. Officers of the company must be listed in the bylaws or elected by the board. At least one officer must authenticate records for the corporation, as well as prepare minutes of directors’ and shareholders meetings. Any officer may hold more than one office in the corporation unless otherwise prohibited by law.

Requirement Reports

A Colorado corporation must file an annual report with the Colorado Secretary of State each year that includes the corporation’s name, principal office, names and addresses of directors and officers, and any information that has changed since the filing of the articles of incorporation. Colorado strongly encourages electronic filing of annual reports.

Taxes

Colorado has both a corporate income tax and a sales tax for businesses; actual rates depend on the type and amount of business activity.

A “subchapter S” corporation or “S-Corporation” is one that chooses to be treated as a pass-through entity (the same way as a sole proprietorship or partnership) for tax purposes, meaning that the tax-related information for the “S-Corp” is filed as part of the owner’s individual income tax. Since Colorado has a state income tax, a subchapter-S choice when forming a corporation affects state and federal taxes for Centennial State corporations.

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Filing Time & Price

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

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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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