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A registered agent is the person who receives all mail and legal notices on behalf of the corporation. Basically the human face of the LLC or corporation. Many business owners wish to be their corporation/LLC’s registered agent simply because they would like to be the one contacted for matters pertaining to their business. It does not cost anything to be your company’s registered agent. Almost ALL of our competitors will give “free” registered agent service for one year. Then every year after that you will owe them anywhere from $150-$400 every year after that.

An LLC (Limited Liability Company) provides the personal asset protection of a corporation without all the corporate formalities. An LLC is much easier to create than a corporation and is also much easier to operate and maintain. The fact that there are very few formalities and far less paperwork, makes an LLC one of the top choices for the small business owner.

A Tax Identification Number, otherwise known as a “Federal Employer Identification Number” (EIN), is a number the IRS assigns to your business. This number is very important! Think of a Tax ID as your business’ social security number. It is required to open a bank account, hire employees and obtain corporate credit. You need one for pretty much everything…. Acquiring a Tax ID number can be complicated and time consuming. AAAFiling can obtain your Tax ID / EIN number for you.

Incorporating your business is one of the most important steps you will take as a business owner. Here are five reasons why it is important to incorporate.

  • 1. Asset Protection: By incorporating you have the ability to separate yourself from your business’ liability. If your business goes under or is sued, your own personal assets such as your house or you car aren’t subject to repossession. Other entities such as sole proprietorships do not offer that kind of protection. If you are doing business as a sole proprietorship, and your business goes under or you are sued, every one of your family’s personal assets would be subject to repossession to pay any lawsuit or remaining business debt.
  • 2. Tax Deductions: By incorporating you can also take advantage of numerous tax deductions that other legal entities cannot exploit; such as fringe benefits. Everybody needs health insurance, life insurance and a retirement plan. By incorporating, you are able to provide such plans for your employees. This is a tax deduction for you and your employees don’t have to pay tax on their fringe benefits. You also have the added bonus of deciding to pay tax on the corporate level then on your personal level, (also known as double taxation) or letting the profits and/or losses of your business flow through to be taxed as your own personal income with an S corporation.
  • 3. Privacy: Many business owners want to maintain their privacy for many reasons. However one of the main reasons a business owner may want to maintain his/her privacy is to avoid being the victim of a lawsuit. Often times people will try to obtain a company’s net worth prior to filing a lawsuit. By incorporating you have the ability to shield your personal information from the public’s eye. Certain states have excellent privacy laws keeping their owner’s identities off public record.
  • 4. Raising Capital: Every business needs money. Since a corporation is a separate legal entity it has its own credit profile separate from your own. This means once business credit is established it can obtain loans for equipment, cars, property, or anything the business needs. Corporate credit also builds much faster than personal credit making it easier to secure. A corporation also has the ability to raise money by selling stocks, bonds, and other securities.
  • 5. Credibility: Corporations often enjoy doing business with greater ease then a sole proprietorship. Many banks and suppliers prefer a corporate account over a personal account and are more eager to do business with you.

A corporation (also known as a C corporation) is a separate legal entity created by its owners with the ability to separate personal assets from business liability. A corporation has many of the same rights and abilities that people do. For example, a corporation can buy and sell goods, buy and lease cars / property and apply for loans. A corporation can also own other corporations and can even file for bankruptcy. For years smart business owners have been incorporating to protect themselves and their families from business debts and / or lawsuits.

An S corporation has all the great liability benefits of a C corporation, yet it has a few differences when it comes to taxation. When a business is operated using a C corporation, the owners often run into a problem with “double taxation”. This occurs when the owner pays his/her own personal income taxes along with his corporation’s income taxes. An S corporation eliminates this problem. It allows the business profits and/or losses to “flow through” to the owner’s personal income tax forms. The S corporation does not pay any income tax, therefore leaving the owners to only have to pay their own personal income taxes.

It is very important that your business has an EIN (Federal Employer Identification Number). This number is required (in most cases) to open a corporate bank account, obtain corporate credit, or to hire and pay employees. Think of an EIN as your corporation’s social security number. An EIN is required to truly maximize the tremendous potential of your new corporation! Acquiring an EIN can be complicated and time-consuming.

NO! While many people do consult legal council in the preparation of their corporation or other legal entity, it is not necessary. Lawyers and CPAs can be very costly! Why not save money by letting AAAFiling’s documentation specialists prepare your legal documents?

Need your corporation or LLC formed fast? We now have expedited filing available for a fee lower than most other filing services. With expedited filing you can now have your corporation or LLC ready in as little as 1-5 hours depending upon your home state!

Yes! If you were to use a lawyer or CPA to incorporate your business, it could cost anywhere from $1000 to $3000! AAAFiling.com will incorporate your business for only $39 (plus state fees)! Why not save money by letting AAAFiling.com’s documentation specialists prepare your legal documents at a fraction of the cost?

Naming your corporation or LLC is easy. Choose any name you want (excluding the words, “bank” and “trust”). Choose two alternates in case your first corporate name is not available in your state. AAAFiling will do a name search on your chosen names starting with the first name and then moving on to the second and third in descending order. Try not to use really obviosly common business names like “Money LLC” or “Cars LLC” because those will obviously be already in use. We will prepare your documents using the first name we find to be available.

As soon as AAAFiling  receives your order, we go right to work preparing the necessary formation documents and get your new corporation or LLC up and running as soon as possible. Your incorporation documents are usually sent within 24 hours of receipt. Depending on conditions in your secretary of state’s office, your documents may arrive anywhere between 3 to 60 business days. If you need your corporation or LLC formed fast, use AAAFiling’s “expedited filing” to dramatically reduce the turnaround time.

“Flow Through” taxation generally refers to a business owner using an S corporation to avoid paying corporate taxes. The tax is then paid by the business owner by letting the business profits and/or losses “flow through” from the S corporation down to the business owner’s personal income tax statement.

Yes. You can always change the nature of your business after incorporating or forming an LLC. Both corporations and LLCs may perform many different functions and/or own multiple business’s of different natures. Also, in most states where permitted, we will organize the business as a “Any legal purpose” making it legal to do whaever you want.

No, you cannot. You must use a physical address which can be a business address or residence.

“Double Taxation” occurs when a corporation or LLC generates a profit and pays income tax on the corporate level. The business owner then pays his own personal income tax on the profits and is thus taxed twice. Some business owners opt to file form 2553 with the IRS to convert their corporation to an S corporation. An S corporation eliminates “double taxation” altogether. It allows the business profits and/or losses to “flow through” to the owner’s personal income tax forms. The S corporation does not pay any income taxes, therefore leaving the owners to only pay their own personal income taxes.

If you were to take a company and sell it off piece by piece to the public, you have just issued stock. Stock is broken down into pieces called shares. Shares are worth a percentage of ownership of a company. For example, if a corporation has issued 100 shares of stock, then 1 share is worth 1% of ownership. Stock may be sold to the public in order to raise money for any needs the corporation may have. If you dont want to deal with the headache just leave the part of the order form dealing with stock and we will enter a default 1000 shares with no par value (where permitted) and you will be good to go!

Stock is broken down into pieces called shares. Shares are worth a percentage of ownership of a company. For example, if a corporation has issued 100 shares of stock, then 1 share is worth 1% of ownership. Shares may be sold to the public in order to raise money for any needs the corporation may have.

“Par Value” refers to the minimum price in which a share of a corporation’s stock can be sold for. For example, if a corporation has 200 shares of stock with a par value of $1.00 per share, each share of stock may not be sold for less than its par value of $1.00.
You can typically issue as many shares of stock as you would like; although some states require additional fees for corporations issuing excessive shares of stock. By default, each corporation filed with AAAFiling will issue 1000 shares with a par value of $.01 unless desired otherwise.
A physical address refers to a location in a state which can be a residence or a business address. It can NOT be a mailbox, mailbox service, or P.O. Box. Most states require a registered agent who has a physical address in the state of incorporation.

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