Why Start an NE Corporation?
Not only is Nebraska an intriguing state where residents pride themselves on knowing how to say 'Nebraska' in reverse, the state also offers businesses a range of business incentives to take advantage of. Your corporation may also be able to take advantage of these incentives, provided it meets qualifying criteria.
For example, the ImagiNE Nebraska Act is a comprehensive economic development incentives package that meets the needs of businesses expanding in or relocating to Nebraska.
For most entrepreneurs looking to start a larger business, an NE incorporation may be the best choice. As a corporation, your business is able to buy and trade stock, and when it comes to excess profits, corporations offer more flexibility than a limited liability company (LLC). A corporation is allowed to pass income and losses to its shareholders, who report taxes on an individual tax return at ordinary levels.
Is an LLC Better Than a Corporation?
It all depends on your goals. For smaller businesses, limited liability companies are usually a better option. An LLC is generally easier to set up and receives many of the same benefits as corporations, but with less regulation.
Learn more about forming a Nebraska LLC so you can decide which business entity is right for you.
Benefits of Forming a Nebraska C Corporation
Benefits of Forming a Nebraska S Corporation
It offers several advantages similar to those provided by a C Corp including, but not limited to:
- Options for creating, transferring and selling stock, though not as many as a C Corp
- The capacity for up to 100 shareholders
- Simpler rules than those that apply to C Corporations
- Easy transfer of ownership simply by selling your stock
- The possibility of saving money by allowing you to pay less self-employment tax
In this guide, you’ll find information on naming your corporation, getting a Registered Agent, the fees you’ll need to pay, business taxes and much more. We also cover what you'll need to register your corporation and how you'll interact with the Secretary of State in Nebraska.
Start a Business in Nebraska Checklist
To help you along the way, use our Starting a Business checklist to keep track of everything you need to do to get your business up and running.
How to Form an NE Corporation Yourself in 6 Steps
Step 1 - Choose a Unique Business Name and Complete a State Business Search
Step 2 - Provide an Official Business Address for Your Corporation
Step 3 - Assign a Registered Agent
Step 4 - File Your Articles of Incorporation with the Nebraska Secretary of State
Step 5 - Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
Step 6 - Write Your Bylaws
Choose a Unique Business Name and Complete a State Business Search
Every Nebraska business must have a unique name that hasn't already been claimed by another business in the state. If you’re having trouble coming up with a name, try using our Business Name Generator to gather ideas. You'll need to follow a few naming rules, which you can read about in detail on the Nebraska Corporation Names page.
Once you’ve picked a name, you’ll need to make sure it’s available in Nebraska. To see whether another company in the state is using your desired business name, use our tool to do a Nebraska entity search.
You can also carry out a name search on the state's website.
Provide an Official Business Address for Your Corporation
All NE corporations must have a designated address. It could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), a building where your office is located or any physical address of your choice. The address can be outside the state of Nebraska and can be a P.O. Box.
You may also be able to use a virtual mailbox for your business address. Incfile can provide you with a Nebraska virtual mailbox where we'll receive your mail and scan it for your online review. This can be especially helpful if you run a home-based business and don't want your home address published as part of your business public record.
Assign a Registered Agent
Someone who receives official correspondence and is responsible for filing reports with the Nebraska Secretary of State is known as a Registered Agent. Every Nebraska corporation is required to have a Registered Agent.
You can fill this position yourself, assign another manager in your business or use a Registered Agent service. If your Registered Agent in Nebraska is a person, they must have a physical street address in Nebraska and must be available during business hours to receive important documents on behalf of your company. You'll appoint your Registered Agent when you file your Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State and officially create your corporation.
All of Incfile’s business formation packages include Registered Agent service. It’s free for the first year and just $119 per year after that. You can also access a digital dashboard to view any document we've received on your behalf.
File Your Articles of Incorporation with the Nebraska Secretary of State
Once you've gathered all the information for your corporation, you’ll need to file your Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Kentucky. This will officially create your business.
Here’s what is typically included:
- Your business name and type
- Your corporation's purpose
- The corporation’s capital structure (number of shares to be issued)
- Registered Agent's name and address
- Name and address of each incorporator
- The filer's name and address
- Signature of each incorporator
As there is no fillable, downloadable form made available by the Nebraska SOS, your Articles of Incorporation can be filed online or completed in person at the Office of the Secretary of State. Or, Incfile can file your Articles on your behalf. The NE Corporation filing fee is $100 if completed online and $110 if filed in person.
File in Person
Nebraska Secretary of State
1201 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508
You only need to file your Articles of Incorporation in Nebraska once, but every two years after, you'll also need to file a biennial occupation tax report via the online portal with the Secretary of State in NE. Incfile can remind you about this every two years, or we can do it for you if you have us handle the paperwork.
Important: In addition to the filing of Articles of Incorporation, all businesses in Kentucky are required to announce their business intention to the public by publishing in a publication. As the Kentucky Revised Statutes, Chapter 21, § 21-193 states, "Notice of organization, amendment of the certificate of organization, merger, conversion, or domestication must be published three successive weeks in some legal newspaper of general circulation near the designated office" of the company. Once you've published this information, a proof of publication must be submitted to the Kentucky SOS along with a filing fee of $25 (online) or $30 (in-office).
What are the fees and requirements to incorporate in Nebraska?
Domestic Nebraska corporations must publish a notice of incorporation, amendment or merger for three successive weeks in some legal newspaper of general circulation, in the county where the corporation’s principal office or its registered office is located. The notice shall show, the corporate name, the number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue, the street address of the corporation’s registered office and the name of its registered agent along with the name and address of each incorporator.
*includes $5 paper copy fee
Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
You'll need an EIN to identify your business to the IRS. You use this number for filing and paying taxes, submitting payroll information and payments for your employees and opening a business bank account. You can obtain one directly from the IRS, or Incfile can get one for you as part of the NE corporation creation process.
A set of rules that govern how a corporation will be run, bylaws detail how many directors the corporation will have, whether the board of directors will have annual meetings and what the voting requirements will be, among other things.
Some states legally require companies to create bylaws, and the state of Nebraska is one of them. You won't need to file your bylaws with the Secretary of State, simply keep them with your other business records.
It's always a good idea to write and follow bylaws to protect your business from any future changes and events.
Types of NE Corporations
- Genetic counselors
- Massage therapists
- Physical therapists
These professions may be permitted to form a Professional Corporation in Nebraska, however, check with the Secretary of State to confirm whether your business should and can be a Professional Corporation.
Helpful Resources from the State of Nebraska
More Information in This Guide
You’ll find plenty more insight and guidance on the other pages of this guide, including:
How to search the state business registry and find the right name. Includes information on naming rules, trade names, reserving names for NE corporations and more.
How to appoint, change and search for Registered Agents. Also includes the duties they fulfill and the rules they’re required to follow.
Details the various fees you’ll need to pay and the state and federal requirements you’ll need to meet. Includes details about Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), state and federal business licenses, biennial occupation tax reports and more.
Covers the various taxes you’ll have to pay to the state and federal governments. Includes details about state taxes such as income and sales, and federal taxes such as income and self-employment.