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The Business Formation experts at CorpNet can file all the paperwork to help you start a business today. Whether you decide to Form an LLC (Limited Liability Company), Corporation, Non-Profit, or simply File a DBA, our business filings experts can file your paperwork quickly and affordably. Plus, all our services are backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.*
Start a Business
Choosing the Right Business Structure
Choosing a business structure is a critical part of the business startup process. The structure you select will most likely have a significant impact on your personal liability as well as your tax liability.
Not sure which business structure is right for your business? Try the Corpnet Business Structure Wizard designed by business and tax attorneys to help small business owners choose the right business type.
A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal business structure that is similar to both the corporation and the sole proprietor or partnership. The LLC is a very popular form of business structure as it offers the same or similar level of asset protection as a corporation while requiring only minimal formalities be observed (similar to a sole proprietor or partnership).
Learn more about LLC business structures, the benefits of the LLC, and where to form an LLC in our Form an LLC Section.
Incorporating a business can be fast, simple, and affordable way to start a business. Learn about the benefits of incorporation, the different corporation business structures like the C Corporation, the S Corporation, and more.
Learn everything about incorporating a business in our comprehensive Incorporate section.
Starting a Business Checklist
The Corpnet Starting a Business Checklist is a free guide, written by attorneys and entrepreneurs, that is packed with information about naming your business, selecting a business structure, obtaining a Federal Tax ID Number, and more.
1. Check Name Availability
Once you have decided to start a new business, you will need to select a name. Before you invest too much in a great new name, you should do a company name search to make sure it is not already in use in a way that could create a conflict between another business and your own.
2. Assign a Registered Agent
A registered agent, sometimes referred to as a resident agent or an agent for service of process, is a person or company officially recognized by the state that resides within the state of incorporation and is designated by the corporation or LLC to accept service of process on behalf of the company. Learn more about our registered agent services.
3. File Formation Paperwork
Once you have decided on a name, you should determine the best form of legal entity for your business. There are many choices, including forming a C Corporation or S Corporation, forming a partnership, forming an LLC, or operating as a sole proprietorship.
4. Obtain a EIN
Every corporation needs to apply for a federal tax identification number, as does any business regardless of the corporate form that hires employees. The tax ID number is also called an Employer Identification Number, or EIN. It is like a social security number for your business and is used by the Internal Revenue Service to identify the business for tax matters.
5. Obtain Business Licenses and Permits
Depending on the type of business you are operating, you may be required to have one or more business licenses or permits from the state, local (city and county) or even federal level. Depending on the type of business you operate and the laws of your jurisdiction, these can include, among others, a general business operation license, zoning and land use permits, sales tax license, health department permits, and occupational or professional licenses.
6. Register for Payroll Taxes
If you are a new business that is planning on hiring employees, you will need to register for payroll taxes such as State Unemployment Insurance Tax (SUI) and State Income Tax (SIT). Payroll taxes are a legal requirement for hiring and paying employees in the United States.
7. Maintain Compliance
Forming your entity is just the first step. Keeping it in corporate compliance is essential if you are to enjoy the benefits of having created a separate entity, including limited liability. CorpNet offers a free compliance portal to help you keep track of your business filings.
Other Services You May Need
File a DBA (Sole Proprietorship)
DBA stands for “Doing Business As.” This filing is required when a business operates under a “Fictitious Business Name (FBN). By filing a DBA in the appropriate jurisdiction, a small business can operate under a fictitious name. In other words, this DBA filing allows the business to operate under a name that is different from its owner.
View Pricing and Processing time required to Start a Sole Proprietor or “File a DBA” in your state and county.
Business Licenses, Permits & Tax
In many cases, a business license is not required to conduct business in the United States. Depending on your industry and jurisdiction, however, business license requirements vary.
Learn more about business licenses, obtaining a Federal Tax ID Number, and Registering with the appropriate State Revenue Department in our Business Licenses section.
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