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INCORPORATE IN CALIFORNIA
Overview:
  • Start A Business.com can incorporate your business in California. Start A Business.com will provide a preliminary name check to help ensure that your company name is available in California, and will clear up to 3 potential names for you to select from. Once this is completed, we will prepare and file your articles of incorporation with the California state government in a quick and efficient manner.
Corporate Names:
  • There is no statutory requirement for a corporate ending. However, the name of a person may not be used as a corporate name without the addition thereto of a corporate ending or some other word or words which show that the name is not that of an individual alone.


  • For a Limited Liability Company, company names must end with the words "LLC" or "Limited Liability Company". Do not enter periods between the letters in "LLC". The words "Limited" and "Company" may be abbreviated to "Ltd." and "Co." respectively. The name cannot be the same as or deceptively similar to the corporate name of a domestic corporation or a foreign qualified corporation.
Director / Member Information:
  • Minimum Number of Directors: 3 unless fewer shareholders
Registered Agent Information:
  • Start A Business.com can act as your Registered Agent in the state of California.
Tax Information:

TAX BIENNIAL STATEMENT OF DOMESTIC CORPORATION
FORMS AVAILABILITY DOMESTIC ONLY
Secretary of State mails prestencilled forms to "mailing address" 3 months before the due date. 
DUE DATE For existing entities formed prior to January 1, 2000- return must be received by state by Anniversary Month of Incorporation and the immediate preceding 5 calendar months.  Entities formed after December 31, 1999 the first Biennial return due based upon month of incorporation- Jan., March, May, July, Sept. & Nov.- odd years; and entities incorporated in Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct. & Dec.- even years.   
DEPARTMENT Secretary of State
P.O. Box 944230
Sacramento, CA 94244-0230
(916) 653-3537
TAX RATE/FEES Filing Fee - $20.  Failure to file will result in a $250 penalty. 

TAX BIENNIAL STATEMENT OF FOREIGN CORPORATION
FORMS AVAILABILITY FOREIGN ONLY
Secretary of State mails prestencilled forms to "mailing address" of corporation 60 days before due date.
DUE DATE For existing entities formed prior to January 1, 2000- return must be received by state by Anniversary Month of Qualification and the immediate preceding 5 calendar months.  Entities formed after December 31, 1999 the first Biennial return due based upon month of Qualification- Jan., March, May, July, Sept. & Nov.- odd years; and entities qualified in Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct. & Dec.- even years.   
DEPARTMENT Secretary of State
P.O. Box 944230
Sacramento, CA 94244-2300
(916) 653-3537
TAX RATE/FEES Filing Fee - $20. Failure to file will result in a $250 penalty.

TAX  

CORPORATION FRANCHISE OR INCOME TAX RETURN & DECLARATION OF ESTIMATED TAX

FORMS AVAILABILITY Franchise Tax Board mails forms to "mailing address" of corporation.
DUE DATE March 15th or 15th day of the 3rd month following the close of fiscal year.
DEPARTMENT Franchise Tax Board
P.O. Box 942857
Sacramento, CA 94257-0500
(916) 369-0500
TAX RATE/FEES Tax rate of 8.84%(effective for tax yrs. starting after 12-31-96; was 9.3%)  is imposed as a franchise tax on corporations doing business in CA an as a corporate income tax on the Calif.-source income of corporations not doing intrastate business in CA.  Minimum tax applies for franchise tax, but not for corporate income tax, purposes. Minimum tax is $800 ($600, for income yrs. starting after 12-31-96, for qualified new corporations with annual gross receipts less than $1 million and tax otherwise not over $800). If estimate not over $800, pay in full by 15th of 4th mo. If over $800, pay in four equal qtrs. (15th of 4th, 6th, 9th and 12th months). If meeting requirements later, prorate payments over remaining qtrs.

TAX BIENNIAL STATEMENT OF DOMESTIC & FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
FORMS AVAILABILITY FOREIGN ONLY
Secretary of State mails prestencilled forms to "mailing address" of corporation 60 days before due date.
DUE DATE For existing entities formed prior to January 1, 2000- return must be received by state by Anniversary Month of Formation/Registration and the immediate preceding 5 calendar months.  Entities formed/registered after December 31, 1999 the first Biennial return due based upon month of Formation/Registration- Jan., March, May, July, Sept. & Nov.- odd years; and entities formed/registered in Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct. & Dec.- even years.   
DEPARTMENT Secretary of State
P.O. Box 15659
Sacramento, CA 94244-0230
(916) 653-3795
TAX RATE/FEES Filing Fee - $20. Failure to file will result in a $250 penalty.

TAX LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ANNUAL TAX
FORMS AVAILABILITY Franchise Tax Board mails forms to "mailing address" of limited liability company.
DUE DATE 15th day of the 4th month after the beginning of the tax year
DEPARTMENT Franchise Tax Board
P.O. Box 942857
Sacramento, CA 94257-0631
(916) 369-0500
TAX RATE/FEES Tax rate - $800- For tax years beginning January 1, 1999 and after the tax rate has been increased as follows: $865 with total income of $250,000 or more, but less than $500,000; $2,595 with total income of $500,000 or more, but less than $1,000,000; $5,190 with total income of $1,000,000 or more, but less than $5,000,000; and $7,785 with total income of $5,000,000 or more.

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State Fees:
Corporation: $145.00
Limited Liability
Company:
$85.00
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