Forming a Nevada corporation comes with a number of benefits that might be worthwhile. Nevada corporation owners enjoy a pro-business atmosphere, low-tax mentality and freedom from information sharing with the IRS (opposed to other states that have agreed to share your company information). Personal liability protection, prestige and convenience are some additional advantages to incorporating in Nevada.
To get started with forming your corporation in Nevada, you will first need to confirm that your company name is available with the Nevada Secretary of State. Please note that you will need to include a corporate identifier such as Inc., Corp. or Ltd. You can verify that your Nevada corporation name is available through a search with the Nevada Secretary of State online.
Before you go on to file any paperwork with the state, you will need to appoint a Nevada Registered Agent. Your Registered Agent will serve as your main point of physical contact in Nevada and must be available during business hours to receive official state documents and any other legal papers. If you incorporate in Nevada because you plan to operate your business here and will have a physical office, then someone at that location can serve as your registered agent. Otherwise, you will need to select a registered agent provider. MyNewCompany.com can provide you with a Nevada registered agent for only $99/year and is a member of the Nevada Registered Agents Association.
Now that you’ve appointed a registered agent, you can file your state paperwork. You will also need to obtain a Federal Tax ID and open a Nevada business bank account, and submit foreign qualification paperwork with the state where you will do business if you will not be operating in Nevada. Click here to view further steps for incorporating in Nevada. Please be aware of companies that promise you a Nevada company without having to foreign qualify in your actual state of operation. Virtually every state requires that a Nevada company “re-register” in that state to do business there, so if you are operating in a state other than Nevada, you may be required to pay additional fees.
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Maintaining corporate compliance is an important task that you as a small business owner can accomplish by simply staying organized and keeping current with recurring tasks such as holding annual meetings and paying your taxes. Most companies are in fact required by law to fulfill certain tasks on a regular basis and company owners can encounter costly fees, loss of personal liability protection and even company dissolution as the result of losing good standing status.
You can easily maintain your company’s good standing status by starting with the up-to-date organization of your Corporate or LLC Minute Book. Your Corporate Minute Book should hold your Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Bylaws, the corporation minutes from your first Organizational Meeting, the stock ledger that tracks who owns which percentage of the company and copies of all Annual Meeting minutes or Special Meeting minutes documenting all major company decisions.
For LLC compliance, your LLC Minute Book should hold your Articles of Organization, LLC Operating Agreement, the board meeting minutes from your Organizational Meeting, the member ledger tracking ownership of the company and copies of all Annual Meeting minutes and Special Meeting minutes documenting all major company decisions. Keep your current Corporate or LLC Minute Book handy at all times for inspection by the IRS, legal professionals and potential investors or buyers of your company.
To maintain corporate and LLC compliance you will also want to familiarize yourself with all the dates that your compliance tasks must be completed. At minimum your company will probably need to file an Annual Report or other required state filing, pay all federal, state and local taxes and schedule and keep minutes of an Annual Meeting each year.
Annual Meetings are typically required under state law and serve several purposes including providing written records of company decisions, keeping stakeholders up-to-date on company happenings to ensure the safety of their investment and preventing potential problems in the future by getting a written agreement now. Some institutions such as government entities and banks even require documented proof that an Annual Meeting was held before they will do business with a company. To that effect, all meetings should be properly documented.
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When you no longer intend to operate your business for any reason, it’s important to file the state paperwork to permanently close your company. If that sounds like a waste of time and money, just think about this: Unless you file the paperwork to properly dissolve it, your inactive company will remain an official business entity with the state and you will still be responsible for annual report payments, filing business tax returns and keeping up with any business license or permit costs.
Of course you don’t want to spend time or money on a business you’re not actively involved in. The good news is, you don’t have to. You can properly close your company and officially end its existence by starting with these steps:
As the end of the year approaches, there is no better time to file Articles of Dissolution for a defunct company. The last thing you want after going out of business is to find yourself involved in a messy tax situation from the previous year or still responsible for annual or renewal fees.
We can help you with your state dissolution paperwork and provide a checklist of post-dissolution tasks so you don’t miss a thing. Need to get working on closing your business immediately? Click here.
If you’re thinking about incorporating or forming your LLC in Wyoming or Delaware, you might be wondering which state to choose and why. Both offer a “business-friendly” environment but each has different benefits–and drawbacks–depending on factors such as your type of entity, your industry and the size of your company. For example, many larger corporations incorporate in Delaware due to its business-oriented legal system, but a one-person corporation may be more drawn to Wyoming’s low fees and taxes.
Although Wyoming has been in the game for a long time and was in fact, the inventor of the American LLC (currently the entity of choice among our clients), you’ve probably heard more about Delaware because it’s the home of many Fortune 500 companies. Delaware has been an incorporation hub since the early 1900’s. It’s big business. Is your company growing fast with high-profile potential and plans to become publicly-traded? Delaware might be the right choice for you.
For the small business owner, starting a Wyoming company has distinct advantages. Wyoming requires a minimal filing fee and the annual report is only $50 in most cases. You won’t pay a franchise tax in Wyoming and there is no state income tax. If you have an existing corporation that was filed in your home state and you’re tired of the state raising fees and changing its business requirements, you can move your company to Wyoming with little hassle.
For a better look at what each state offers, we’ve created this side-by-side comparison of Wyoming vs. Delaware:
|No corporate income tax||X|
|No state personal income tax||X|
|No franchise tax||X|
|No state tax on corporate shares||X||X|
|Low filing fees||X|
|Low annual fees||X|
|One-person corporation is allowed||X||X|
|No annual report required until the anniversary of the formation date||X|
|Corporation shareholders are not listed with the state||X||X|
|LLC members are not listed with the state||X||X|
|Unlimited stock of any par value is allowed||X||X|
|No minimum capital requirements||X||X|
|Officers, directors, employees and agents are statutorily indemnified||X|
|Can adopt a corporation formed in another state||X|
|Meetings may be held anywhere||X||X|
One important thing to remember in choosing is that companies are only authorized to do business in their state of formation. That means that if you incorporate in Wyoming, but your physical business is located in California, the state of California will require you to file additional paperwork to “foreign qualify” your Wyoming corporation as a California corporation before it can operate as a business at home. Yes, it can be confusing. And expensive. That’s why the majority of small business owners file their companies in their home state, unless they have a very specific reason to incorporate in Wyoming or Delaware.
For more information about which state to choose, please visit our state page.
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