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Explore the Incorporation & Registration Options

Most Popular Business Types

Limited Liability Company - LLC

LLCs combine the flexibility of a partnership with the liability protection enjoyed by corporations and allow you to avoid double taxation.

S Corporation

S Corporations protect the owners and offer tax benefits.

C Corporation

C Corporation is a well established structure with clear governance requirements.

Qualification - Expanding your Business in Another State

Foreign qualification is the process of formally registering your corporation, nonprofit, or LLC in a state other than your formation state. CT fast and reliable foreign qualification application service helps you protect your assets and avoid penalties as you extend your business beyond your formation state. We prepare all legal documents to register your company to do business in a new state and file the Certificate of Authority forms with the state.

Common Needs Around Incorporation

Employer ID Number (EIN)

A federal tax identification number is often requested to file tax returns and open bank accounts.

Appoint your Registered Agent

Having a registered agent is required by all 50 states. Rely on CT to handle important legal and state documents promptly and correctly.

Business Naming

From name availability check to name registration and DBAs, CT experts can help you select, obtain, and protect the perfect name for your business.

Try the Incorporation Wizard

Find the right legal structure for your business with the interactive incorporation tool.

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Additional Business Types

Nonprofit Corporations

Promote charitable, educational or other public causes.

Benefit Corporation Services

Learn how to do good while making a profit.

Limited Liability Partnership

LLPs provide asset protection for all partners.

Professional Limited Liability Company

PLLCs or PCs provide tax advantages and some limited liability protections to professionals.

Special Purpose Entity / Vehicle Formation

Learn how CT can help you organize your structured financial deal, including the formation of a special purpose entity or vehicle.

Doing Business As (DBA)

States require that you obtain a Doing Business As certificate if you operate using a name other than your company’s full legal one. CT makes this process simple.

What does it mean to incorporate?

When people say "I'd like to register my business," they usually mean incorporating their business as a C Corporation or an S Corporation or forming an LLC. By incorporating or forming an LLC, the company's owner or owners create a separate legal entity to transact business. The process involves properly completing and filing your documents and appointing a registered agent. If you incorporate, most states require that you hold an organizational meeting, issue shares and adopt bylaws. To be an S Corporation, you’ll also have to file an election statement with the IRS. LLCs have fewer state requirements, but it’s a best practice to adopt an operating agreement.

Why is incorporating a business important?

When you incorporate, the business becomes a separate legal entity, distinct from its owners. This new entity ─ whether it’s a C Corp, S Corp or LLC ─ often has enhanced credibility with lenders, potential customers, vendors and employees. Limited liability is another key benefit. Without incorporation, you are responsible for any debts and losses your business may accumulate. However, when you incorporate, you are typically held responsible only for the amount of money you personally invest or business debts you personally guarantee. Your personal assets typically cannot be used to satisfy the debts and liabilities of your business

CT Expert Insights: The Importance of Establishing the Right Business Entity

CT Corporation Regional Attorney Lori Ann Fox gives a brief overview of the various legal entities available to U.S. business owners, as well as how to choose the right one for your business.​

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