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Incorporation (abbreviated Inc. in U.S. business names) is the forming of a new corporation. The corporation may be a business, a non-profit organization or even a government of a new city or town. This article focuses on the process of incorporation, see also corporation. Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_browser. ... A corporation is a legal person which, while being composed of natural persons, exists completely separately from them. ... A nonprofit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support some issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes. ... Chicago from the air. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a residential community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... A corporation is a legal person which, while being composed of natural persons, exists completely separately from them. ...


Incorporation in the United States

Legal benefits

  • Protection of personal assets. Safeguarding personal assets against the claims of creditors and lawsuits. Sole proprietors and general partners in a partnership are personally and jointly responsible for all the liabilities of a business such as loans, accounts payable, and legal judgements. In a corporation, however, stockholders, directors and officers typically are not liable for their company's debts and obligations. They are limited in liability to the amount they have invested in the corporation (eg: If $100 in stock was purchased, no more than $100 can be lost). Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) may also hold personal assets like houses, cars or boats. If one is personally involved in a lawsuit or bankruptcy, these assets may be protected. A creditor of the owner of a corporation or LLC cannot seize the assets of the company, however, they can seize their ownership shares in the corporation, as that is considered a personal asset.
  • Transferable ownership. Ownership in a corporation or LLC is easily transferable to others, either in whole or in part. Some states' laws are particularly attractive to this end. For example, with a Delaware Corporation, the transfer of ownership in a corporation is not required to be filed or recorded.
  • Retirement funds. Retirement funds and qualified retirement plans (like 401ks) may be set up more easily with a corporation. Corporations can also fully deduct the cost of paying its owner's health insurance.
  • Taxation. In the United States, corporations are taxed at a lower rate than individuals. Also, they can own shares in other corporations and receive corporate dividends 80% tax-free. There are no limits on the amount of losses a corporation may carry forward to subsequent tax years. A sole proprietorship, on the other hand, cannot claim a capital loss greater than $3,000 unless the owner has offsetting capital gains.
  • Raising funds through sale of stock. Capital from investors can be raised for corporations easily through the sale of stock.
  • Durability. A corporation is capable of continuing indefinitely. Its existence is not affected by the death of shareholders, directors, or officers of the corporation.
  • Credit rating. Regardless of an owner's personal credit scores, corporations acquire their own credit rating, and build a separate credit history by applying for and using corporate credit.

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Steps for incorporation

  • The filing of the Articles of Incorporation (also called a Charter, Certificate of Incorporation or Letters Patent). The first step is to check with your state's corporate filing office (usually either the Secretary of State or Corporations Commissioner) and federal and state trademark registers to be sure the name you want to use is available. You then fill out a preprinted form (available from commercial publishers or your state's corporate filing office) listing the purpose of your corporation, its principal place of business and the number and type of shares of stock. You'll file these documents with the appropriate office, along with a registration fee which will usually be between $200 and $1,000, depending on the state.
  • How to Select a Corporation's Name. A corporate name is generally made up of 3 parts: "Distinctive element", "Descriptive element", and a legal ending. All corporations MUST have a distinctive element and a legal ending to their names. Some corporations choose not to have a descriptive element. In the name "Tiger Computers Inc." the word "Tiger" is the distinctive element; the word "Computers" is the descriptive element; and the "Inc." is the legal ending. The legal ending indicates that it is in fact a legal corporation and not just a business registration or partnership. You can choose from the following words: Incorporated, Limited and Corporation, or their respective abbreviations: Inc., Ltd. and Corp.
  • You'll also need to complete (but not file) Corporate Bylaws. These will outline a number of important corporate housekeeping details such as when annual shareholder meetings will be held, who can vote and the manner in which shareholders will be notified if there is need for an additional "special" meeting.

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Reporting after incorporation

  • Assuming your corporation has not sold stock to the public, conducting corporate business is remarkably straightforward and uncomplicated. Often it amounts to little more than recording key corporate decisions (for example, borrowing money or buying real estate) and holding an annual meeting. Even these formalities can often be done by written agreement and don't usually necessitate a face-to-face meeting.

You may also be required to file an annual report with the Secretary of State's office of the states you are incorporated and authorized to transact business in. Annual Report Requirements (due dates, information the Secretary of State requests, fees) vary from state to state. For specific information on your company contact the state you are incorporated in or qualified in or request assistance from any number of Annual Report Service Companies like Annual Registration Management Services, LLC or CT Corporation.

International perspective on incorporation

The legal concept of incorporation is recognized all over the world. In the United States, corporations are identified by the term "incorporated" added after the business name, such as "Texas Instruments, Incorporated", or by putting the word corporation in the name of the company, as in "Netscape Communications Corporation". In Germany, Austria and Switzerland the GmbH ("limited liability business association"), as well as the AG ("stock market traded business association") are the most common comparable concepts. In the United Kingdom the titles Ltd. (abbreviation for limited company) or plc (abbreviation for public limited company) are used for corporations. In France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania and South America the title S.A. is used for corporations. Norway uses the title AS for stock corporations (Norwegian: Aksje Selskap), while Sweden uses the similar AB (Swedish: aktiebolag). Italy uses "Srl", or "Societ√† a Responsabilit√† Limitata" (limited liability company) and "SpA" or "Societ√† Per Azioni" (stock corporation). The Netherlands uses NV. Singapore uses Pte. Ltd., meaning "private limited" which is the equivalent of a U.S. incorparated entity. Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH or GesmbH) is a type of legal entity created in Germany in 1892. ... The German term Aktiengesellschaft (IPA /aktsiÉ™ngÉ™zεlʃaft/) (abbreviated AG) means a corporation which is limited by shares, , owned by shareholders. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Limited liability company. ... The initials plc after a UK or Irish company name indicate that it is a public limited company, a type of limited company whose shares may be offered for sale to the pubic. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... S.A. is the abbreviation of Société Anonyme in French, Spółka Akcyjna in Polish, Sociedad Anónima in Spanish, Sociedade Anónima in Portuguese, or Naamloze Venootschap (N.V.) in Dutch, generally designating corporations in various countries. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... The term Naamloze Vennootschap (usually abbreviated NV) is the Dutch terminology for a public limited liability company. ...

See also

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For tax purposes, the owner and his or her business are one entity, meaning that business profits are reported and taxed on the owner's personal tax return.
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The corporation may be a business, a non-profit organization or even a government of a new city or town.
Incorporation in the rest of the world is recognized.
In the United States, corporations are identified by the term "incorporated" added after the business name, such as "Texas Instruments, Incorporated", or by putting the word corporation in the name of the company, as in "Netscape Communications Corporation".
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