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Choosing a Corporation Name

Choosing a name for your new Wyoming corporation is an official step that must be accomplished before your may actually conduct business in the state. The corporate name you choose must be readily distinguishable from all other registered and reserved business entities on the Wyoming state rolls, as well as trade marks and service marks.

Your new business’ name must include one of the following words or an abbreviation thereof: “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Company,” or “Limited.” However, the name must not state or imply that the corporation is organized for some purpose other than the one specified in its articles of incorporation or one permitted by state law.

You can reserve an available corporate name with the state for 120 days for $50.

Articles of Incorporation

Before it can legitimately begin conducting operations in the state, a new Wyoming corporation must file articles of incorporation with the Corporations Department of the state Secretary of State’s office. The articles must be executed (signed) and delivered by at least one incorporator, who must be a natural person of legal age.

The articles must be accompanied by a $100 filing fee. The following information must be included in the articles of incorporation:

  • An initial registered agent
  • Signed acceptance by the registered agent of appointment as such
  • The street address of the corporation’s initial registered office
  • The number of shares that the corporation is authorized to issue, itemized by class (if any) and with preferences, limitations, and relative rights of each class designated
  • The name and address of each incorporator (must also sign the articles)

If a corporation wants to amend its articles of incorporation, it must file articles of amendment to the secretary of state that specify:

  • The name of the corporation
  • The text of each amendment adopted
  • If an amendment provides for an exchange, reclassification, or cancellation of issued shares, provisions for implementing the amendment (if not contained in the amendment itself)
  • The date when each amendment was adopted
  • If an amendment was adopted by the incorporators or board of directors without shareholder action, a statement to that effect and that shareholder action was not required
  • If an amendment was approved by the shareholders, the number of votes entitled to be cast by each separate voting group and the number of votes actually cast by each group, as well as the total number of votes cast for and against the amendment by each voting group

Registered Agent and Office

Every Wyoming corporation must have a registered agent in the state—the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence, both administrative and legal. The registered agent is required to be listed in and sign the articles of incorporation, indicating acceptance of the appointment as registered agent. The articles must also be accompanied by a separate written consent signed by the registered agent.

The registered agent must be either a Wyoming resident whose business office is the same as the registered office, or a business entity authorized to conduct business in the Cowboy State that has a business office identical to the registered office.


Bylaws lay out the corporation’s basic managerial and legal operating principles that manage their internal affairs. Wyoming corporations must keep a copy of their bylaws at their principal executive office, but are not required to file them with the state. At its initial meeting, the incorporators or the board of directors should adopt corporate bylaws, and then keep them updated as time goes on.

The board of directors of a corporation may adopt, amend, or repeal bylaws, unless the articles reserve this right to the shareholders. Bylaws normally address:

  • Shareholders and directors meetings
  • The authority, number, and tenure of directors
  • Voting procedures
  • The duties, responsibilities, and tenure of officers
  • How stock is issued
  • How and when annual financial information is provided to shareholders


Officers are listed in the initial bylaws or elected by the board of directors, and may appoint other officers in accordance with the bylaws. At least one officer has the responsibility of preparing minutes of director and shareholder meetings, and for maintaining and authenticating corporate records.

It is permissible for an officer to hold more than one office in the corporation unless otherwise stated by the corporation’s bylaws.

Requiment Reports

Wyoming corporations must file a report with the state each year by December 1. Additionally, they must furnish annual financial statements upon request to shareholders. These statements should include a balance sheet as of the end of the fiscal year, an income statement for that year, and a statement of changes in shareholders’ equity for the year (unless that information appears elsewhere in the financial statements).

Corporations must also mail upon request annual financial statements to each shareholder within 120 days after the close of each fiscal year. Thereafter, on written request from a shareholder who was not mailed the statements, the corporation shall mail him or her the latest financial statements.


“S corporation” status is recognized by the Wyoming Secretary of State. A “subchapter S” corporation (frequently referred to as an “S corp”) is treated as a pass-through entity for tax purposes in the same way as a sole proprietorship or partnership. The S corp does not file a tax return on its own behalf; instead, all tax-related data for the S corp is filed as part of the owner’s individual income tax.

Since Wyoming does not impose a state corporate or individual income tax, a subchapter S choice in this state has federal implications for Wyoming corporations, but no state impact.

Wyoming does, however, impose an annual LLC tax (called the Annual Report License tax) of $50 or $.0002 of every dollar of the corporation’s assets located or employed in Wyoming, whichever is greater.

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Commonly Asked Questions For Starting a Wyoming Corporation

How is a Corporation Taxed?
Unlike many other business entities in which the profits pass through to the owners' personal tax return (e.g. LLCs, S Corporations, etc.), the C Corporation is a completely separate taxable entity. The C Corporation pays federal taxes on the net profits (after all expenses, including salaries and bonuses) of the business by filing the 1120 form with the IRS. The after tax profits can be paid out to the owners (shareholders) in the form of dividends, or retained for reinvestment of the business. The first $50,000 of net income is only federally taxed at 15% rate, and the next $25,000 is taxed at a 25% rate. Different states have different rules on how they tax corporations.
What is the Management Structure of an Corporation?
An LLC is typically managed by its members/owners (referred to as member-managed). In that respect an LLC is unlike a corporation, which has a much more rigid and defined management structure, including directors and officers. All owners of the LLC are typically referred to as members, and they can have control and voting interest proportional to their ownership interest, or in proportions different from their ownership interest; however the members agree.
Are Non-U.S. Residents Allowed to Own a Corporation or LLC?
There are no citizenship or residence requirements for ownership of a C Corporation or an LLC. The S Corporation however does not allow nonresident aliens to be shareholders (owner), but any US citizen or resident alien may be a shareholder (owner). You would, of course, require an in state street address for the state to forward official legal and tax correspondence including service of process, known as the registered agent address, but neither residency nor citizenship is required for ownership of a C Corporation or an LLC.
Can I form an Corporation with just one member?
There was a time when almost every state required the LLC to have two or more members, but that is no longer the case. This important change came in response to revised IRS regulations that clearly permitted single-member LLCs. As a result, in most states, if you plan to be the sole owner of a business and you wish to limit your personal liability, you can choose between forming a corporation or an LLC.
What is an Operating Agreement?
The operating agreement is akin to a partnership agreement for a General Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). It is an internal contract amongst the members/owners of the LLC, and it lays out such things as ownership interest, member responsibilities, accounting method, adding or removing members, terms for concluding the LLC, etc. It is generally not required by a given state for forming an LLC (with the exception of New York), although it is certainly recommended. When dealing with private companies for financing issues (loans, mortgages, etc.) it may be required by that company. A customizable operating agreement is included with the LLC/Corp Kit.
Can another business entity be a member of an Corporation?

In the majority of states, The members of an LLC can be individuals, corporations, or other LLCs. These members of the LLC can be out of state residents or even foreign nationals. Furthermore there is no limit to the amount of members that an LLC can have.

The flexibility of an LLC in contrast to an S Corporation is stark considering the S corporations are limited to 75 shareholders who must either be United States citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.

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