Choosing A State

Where Should I Form My Corporation?

gold us mapOne of the first decisions a business must make after deciding to incorporate involves selecting the proper state of incorporation. You are not required to incorporate in the state where your business operates; you can choose from any one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

In making the decision of where to incorporate, three factors typically are weighed: the location of your physical facilities, a cost analysis comparing incorporating in the state of operation versus qualifying to do business as a foreign corporation in the state under consideration, and determining the advantages and disadvantages of each state’s corporate laws and tax structure.

The decision typically is between the state of operations and Delaware, Nevada or Florida. If the corporation is a closely held corporation that does business primarily within a single state, local incorporation is typically the best decision. The cost of local incorporation will usually be less than incorporating in another state and qualifying to do business as a foreign corporation in that state.

A foreign corporation that qualifies to do business in another state is subject to taxes and annual report fees from both the state of incorporation and the qualifying state. Thus, the actual advantage of incorporating in a state with very low or no corporate income tax is not as great as it appears, if your business must still qualify to do business in its state of operations.

The most popular states for are Delaware, Nevada, and Florida for various reasons.
You can view the 3-State-Comparison-Chart here.

To learn about each state individually, access additional resource links, or to start the process in any one state, you can click any of the links below.

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