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California Corporation Advantages

California Corporation Benefits
Well-Defined Business Structure California corporations have a well-established business structure and chain of command. Officers attend to the daily operations of the corporations, while the board of directors controls company-wide decisions.
California Corporate Tax California does have some of the nation’s highest taxes, including an 8.84% corporate income tax. Double taxation of corporations means that a corporation must pay income tax on its profits and its shareholders in California are subject to individual state income tax on dividends. Individuals pay income tax rates of up to 12.3%. Most

California corporations also must pay the $800 minimum annual franchise tax.

Strong Asset Protection California’s Corporations Law allows one or more persons to form a California corporation. One individual may be the director, shareholder, and officer of the corporation. Forming a California corporation creates a new and separate legal entity. California corporations also have a long history of case law and provisions that provide extensive protections to shareholders, limiting their personal liabilities.
Investor Usability Forming a California corporations is a great way to make your business more attractive to investors. A corporation can sell stocks and shares to raise capital. Potential company investors will likely be familiar with and feel comfortable investing in a California corporation.


How to Form a California Corporation

  1. File the Articles of Incorporation with the California Secretary of State

In California, corporations are formed by filing a formation document called the Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.

  1. Include the following information in the Articles of Incorporation

    • California corporation name
    • Disclosure of corporate purpose
    • California registered agent and registered office address
    • Corporate address
    • Number of authorized shares (also indicate if there is more than one class of shares)
    • Optional provisions
    • Name and signature of a person authorized to form the corporation (known as the incorporator(s))
  2. Submit the completed Articles of Incorporation to the Secretary of State

California Articles of Incorporation can be filed by mail or in person. Normal processing of mailed documents can take up to 2 months. In person filings are expedited for an additional fee.

If you don’t want to form the corporation yourself, you can hire us to form a California corporation for $99 plus state fees.

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California Corporation Costs and Fees

California Incorporation Costs
Filing Fee $100 paid to the California Secretary of State
Expedite Fee $15 fee for approximately 20 day service (in person drop off only);
$350 for 24 hour service;
$500 for 4 hour service;
$750 for same day service


California Corporation Maintenance Fees
Initial Report $25 Initial Statement of Information fee (must be filed within 90 days of incorporation)
Annual Statement of Information $25 Annual Statement of Information (must be filed every year by the end of your incorporation anniversary month)
California Franchise Tax $800 minimum payment (must be paid annually; required for every business)

Do California corporations require bylaws?

California corporations are not required to adopt bylaws. However, bylaws are an enormous benefit in governing a corporation. If a corporation were a state, the bylaws would be the state laws. Corporate bylaws are the rules by which the corporation settles shareholder disputes, distributes profits and losses, and deals with many other common corporate issues. Organizational documents, including corporate bylaws, come with every IncFast package.

Let Incorporate Fast Start Your California Corporation

It is pretty easy to go online and form a California corporation. But there is much more to setting up a California corporation that works. Do you have a plan for meeting California’s statutory requirements for corporations? Do you know what to do in the event of a shareholder dispute? Your bylaws should address these issues. Corporate resolutions, bylaws, and stock certificates are also necessary to do things like open a business bank account. Simply forming a corporation isn’t enough. You want to form a successful corporation. Important business transactions will require you to show that you are authorized to deal on behalf of the corporation. This is another reason resolutions and bylaws are so important. When you hire IncFast to form your California corporation, we provide all the business documents you need.

Every IncFast order also includes the following:

  • Speed
    We have always kept one simple promise to our clients: sign up online and we’ll incorporate your business faster than any other filing service. In California, we can incorporate your business in as little as 2 days.
  • Quality
    IncFast has a long reputation for speed and quality service. We have proudly helped more than 27,000 clients form their businesses. Long after we form your California corporation, our client support team is here to help your business get off the ground and help maintain it into the future.
  • Online Accounts
    Once you sign up for our incorporation filing service, you will have access to your secure online account where you can track the status of your business anytime, anywhere. Using the IncFast Online Portal, you can access every state form you’ll ever to need file for your business and find our expert tips on how to accomplish any business maintenance task, fast.
  • Long-Term Support
    Incorporating your California corporation is only the beginning. When IncFast is your California registered agent, you always know your business status. We send every IncFast client electronic alerts for important due dates. We have been in this business for years, so you can trust us to accept important legal notices on for your California corporation.


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