Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in Alabama

At CorpNet our mission is to help you start your business and help you keep it in compliance. To assist you in your entrepreneurial journey, we’ve collected answers to the most frequently asked questions small business owners have about starting and maintaining a business in the state of Alabama.

Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop solution for all of your business, payroll tax registrations, and compliance filings. And if we can help you along the way, our team of entity filings and compliance experts is just a call away.

Quick Facts for Starting a Alabama Business

Expedited Services Available: Yes
New Business Publishing Required: No
Private Registration Available: No

Registered Agent Required: Yes
Annual Report Required: Yes
Franchise Tax Required: Yes

State Sales Tax: 4%
State Income Tax: 6.5%
Unemployment Insurance: 1% – 5.4%

DBAs do not require a registered agent.
Franchise tax is dependent on the business type. This is either a franchise tax or corporate income tax.

Alabama Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Registration Fees Applicable Form
General Partnership (Registration Optional) $200 Statement of Partnership
Domestic Limited Partnership (LP) $200 Certificate of Formation
Domestic Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $200 Certificate Of Formation
Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership (LLLP) $200 Certificate Of Formation
Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) $200 Certificate of Formation
Domestic Business Corporation $200 Certificate of Incorporation
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation $200 Certificate of Formation
Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) $150 Application for Registration
Foreign Professional Limited Liability Company (PLLC) $150 Application For Registration
Foreign Business Corporation $150 Application for Registration
Foreign Nonprofit Corporation $150 Application for Registration
Foreign Limited Partnership (LP) $150 Statement of Authority
Foreign Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $150 Statement of Authority
Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership (LLLP) $150 Statement of Authority
Foreign Professional Corporation (Business or Nonprofit) $150 Application For Registration

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Key Alabama Government Resources

Alabama Secretary of State

PO Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616

Alabama Department of Revenue

50 N. Ripley St.
Montgomery, AL 36130

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A Guide for Starting a Business in the State of Alabama

With a relatively low tax burden and low cost of labor, Alabama is the 14th fastest-growing state in the United States. It’s becoming the sweetheart state for business start-ups. If you’ve been thinking about forming a business in Alabama, here is a comprehensive look at the many things business owners should know and address to get their new Alabama businesses up and running.

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Need a Small Business Compliance Checklist?

Business compliance can slip through the cracks! As your existing business evolves, you are required to file notify the state of any changes. Many business owners lose sight of these requirements and fail to realize they haven’t met compliance requirements.

Use our compliance checklist to determine which business filings you need to perform to manage this year’s activities and changes.

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