Resources for Starting and Maintaining a Business in California

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 California.

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 California 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: 7.25%
State Income Tax: 8.84%
Unemployment Insurance: 1.5% – 6.2%

*DBAs do not require a registered agent in California.

California Business Entity Options

Business Entity Type State Registration Fees Applicable Form
General Partnership (Optional to Register) $70 Statement of Partnership Authority
(Form GP-1)
Domestic Limited Partnership (LP) $70 Certificate of Limited Partnership
(Form LP-1)
Domestic Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) $70 Application to Register a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
(Form LLP-1)
Domestic General Stock Corporation $100 Articles of Incorporation of a General Stock Corporation
(Form ARTS-GS)
Domestic Close Corporation $100 Articles of Incorporation of a Close Corporation
(Form ARTS-CL)
Domestic Professional Corporation $100 Articles of Incorporation of a Professional Corporation
(Form ARTS-PC)
Domestic Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation $30 Articles of Incorporation of a Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation
(Form ARTS-MU)
Domestic Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation $30 Articles of Incorporation of a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation
(Form ARTS-PB-501(c)(3))
Domestic Nonprofit Religious Corporation $30 Articles of Incorporation of a Nonprofit Religious Corporation
(Form ARTS-RE)
Domestic Common Interest Development Association $30 Articles of Incorporation of a Common Interest Development Association
Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) $70 Articles of Organization Limited Liability Company (LLC)
(Form LLC-1)
Unincorporated Nonprofit Association $10 Registration of Unincorporated Nonprofit Association
(Form UNA-128)
Foreign Limited Partnership (LP) $70 Application for Registration Foreign Limited Partnership (LP)
(Form LP-5)
Foreign Stock Corporation $100 Statement and Designation by Foreign Corporation
(Form S&DC-S/N)
Foreign Insurer Corporation $100 Statement and Designation by Foreign Insurer Corporation
(Form S&DC-INS)
Nonprofit Corporation
$30 Statement and Designation by Foreign Nonprofit Corporation
(Form S&DC-S/N)
Professional Corporation
$100 Statement and Designation by Foreign Professional Corporation
(Form S&DC-PC)
Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC) $70 Application to Register Foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC)
(Form LLC-5)

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Key California Government Resources

California Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

State of California State Franchise Board
PO Box 942857
Sacramento, CA 94257- 0500

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A Guide for Starting a Business in the State of California

If you’ve been thinking about starting a business in California, you’re in good company. California is one of the most popular states for conducting business.

The most popular business structure options include a Sole Proprietorship, C Corporation, S Corporation, and a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

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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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