Form a Corporation in Washington.

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Choosing a Corporation Name

The name you decide on for your new corporation cannot be the same as or deceptively similar to the name of any other Washington business entity registered or reserved with the state. The name may not include language that states or implies that the corporation is organized for some purpose other than one permitted by state law or than stated in its articles of incorporation. The name must also include the words “incorporated,” “corporation,” “limited,” or “company,” or an abbreviation of one of those terms.

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

Corporate names can be reserved with the state for a $30 fee for up to 180 days at a time.

Articles of Incorporation

The Washington Business Corporation Act (Title 23B of the Revised Code of Washington) requires that articles of incorporation must be filed with the Washington Secretary of State with the following requirements:

  • The incorporator signs and files the articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State.
  • There must be at least one incorporator, either a natural person of legal age or a corporation.
  • The incorporator is not required to be a director, shareholder, or officer, but they may be.
  • The articles must include the name and address of the initial registered agent, who must sign the articles, acknowledging acceptance of the appointment.
  • The articles must specify the number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue.

The filing fee is $175.

Some other items that aren’t required-but which may be included in the articles of incorporation-are:

  • The names and addresses of all directors.
  • Eligibility requirements to be a director.
  • The 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

Washington corporations must have a registered in-state agent-either a natural person who is a resident of Washington or a business entity (corporation or LLC) authorized to conduct business in the Evergreen State. The registered agent must have a business office that is the same as the registered office.

Bylaws

A corporation is required to keep its bylaws available at its primary executive office, but it is not required to file them with the state. The incorporators or board of directors should adopt the corporation’s bylaws at their first meeting, insuring that there is no conflict with the corporation’s articles of incorporation. They should also keep them updated as time goes on.

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

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

Duties and responsibilities of officers and how long they serve

How consensus on major decisions is reached, both with and without meetings

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

How the corporation’s stock is issued

Requirements for publishing annual financial information to shareholders

Directors

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

Requirement Reports

Washington corporations must file a report with the Washington Secretary of State each year that includes the corporation’s name, principal office, the names and addresses of directors and officers, and a description of the business. The corporation must also, upon request, send its most recent annual report to a shareholder.

Taxes

Washington State does not have an income tax for individuals or corporations as such. Instead, Washington corporations are subject to Business and Occupation (B&O) tax that depends on the gross revenue received from business activities in Washington. The actual tax rates depend on the type of business activity and its levels.

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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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