Why Form a Corporation in Texas?

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Six Easy Steps to Form Your Texas Corporation

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

Want Incfile to take care the paperwork for you? Starting your Texas 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 TX Secretary of State.

The Benefits of Forming a Corporation in Texas

Briefly, the benefits of forming a Texas corporation are:

  • Texas corporations provide strong liability protection. They insulate your personal assets and finances from those of your business.
  • If you want to pay less self employment tax, a Texas S Corporation can save you money.
  • TX S Corporations give you some options for creating, transferring and selling stock.
  • For more options to create, buy, sell or transfer stock (including publicly), a Texas C Corporation is the option you need.

If you don’t need the options for buying and selling stock, a Texas 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.

Learn about starting a Texas LLC

The Six Steps to Setting up Your Texas Corporation

Useful Corporation Information from the State of Texas

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Other Types of TX Corporations

A regular Texas 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.

Form a Professional Texas S Corporation or C Corporation

Some states, including Texas, allow certain occupations to form “Professional Corporations.” These types of corporations may need special requirements and licensing. Below, you will find a list that the

TX Secretary of State allows to form Texas professional corporations:

  • Accountant/CPA
  • Acupuncturist
  • Architect
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Attorney
  • Audiologist
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor, Licensed
  • Chiropractor
  • Counselor, Licensed (Mental Health or Professional)
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Access Control
  • EMS Personnel: EMT, Attendant, Paramedic
  • EMS Providers
  • Engineer
  • Equine Dentistry
  • Geoscientist, Licensed Professional
  • Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • Inspector Real Estate or Home
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Investment Advisor, Registered
  • Locksmith
  • Marriage/Family Therapist, Licensed
  • Massage Therapist
  • Massage School/Massage Therapy Instructor
  • Medical Physicist, Licensed
  • Mental Health Professional, Licensed
  • Midwives
  • Mold Assessment
  • Mold Remediation
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse, Psychiatric
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthotist
  • Perfusionist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatrist
  • Polygraph Examiner
  • Private Investigator
  • Private Security
  • Prosthetist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Radiology Technician, Medical
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Respiratory Care Therapist
  • Sanitarian, Professional
  • Securities Broker/ Dealer
  • Social Worker— Licensed clinical, baccalaureate, or master
  • Speech Pathologist, Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Surveyor-Professional, Public or Regular
  • Therapeutic Optometrist
  • Therapist, Licensed Mental Health
  • Veterinarian

Professional corporations may be owned by a professional individual or another professional organization. The name of a professional corporation must contain the word “corporation,” “company,” “incorporated,” “limited,” “professional corporation” or an abbreviation.

File as a Foreign Corporation to Operate in Another State

A “foreign” filing is when you have a regular, domestic corporation in a state (typically the one where you first formed your business) and need the company to be able to operate in another state. This is where you would file a “Foreign Qualification” to the new state for your domestic corporation to be able to operate in both states. You must have an existing domestic corporation before you can file as a foreign corporation.

Form a Texas Corporation Without Breaking the Bank

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 TX 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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