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Obtain licenses and permits needed to legally operate the corporation. Most states require corporations to obtain a general business license to operate in the state. The permits and licenses required to operate the corporation will depend upon the nature of the business. For example, corporations with a retail location may need to acquire a zoning permit, depending on the location of the business. Corporations that provide professional services, such as chiropractors and accountants, have to obtain the appropriate state occupational license.
Register for business taxes in the state where the corporation operates. In most cases, the state department of revenue handles tax registration for new corporations. Corporations with employees must obtain a state tax ID number. Provide the state department of revenue with incorporation documents and a federal tax ID number, in order to obtain a state tax ID number. Furthermore, corporations with employees will be required to register for unemployment insurance taxes as well as workers' compensation insurance. Corporations that sell goods may be required to obtain a sales and use tax permit as well as a seller's permit. Corporations may register the business with the state department of revenue website, or in person.
File articles of incorporation with the secretary of state's office. Articles of incorporation include information such as the name and address of the business, as well as the name and address of the corporation's resident agent. A corporation's resident agent must be a person, 18 or over, or a business with a physical address in the state. A resident agent appears responsible for accepting legal documents on behalf of the corporation. In addition, the resident agent must maintain a physical address in the corporation's state of formation. Depending on the state of incorporation, the business may be required to list the names and addresses of the corporation's initial directors. Most states provide corporations with fill-in-the-blank articles of incorporation that may be submitted online, faxed, mailed or delivered in person to the secretary of state's office. The method and fees to file articles of incorporation vary from state to state.
Request a federal tax ID number from the IRS. Corporations may apply for a federal tax ID number by phone, fax, online or mail. Corporations that apply by phone or online submission will receive a federal tax ID number for immediate business use. Corporations that apply for a federal tax ID number by faxing Form SS-4 will receive a federal tax ID number in 4 business days. Mailing Form SS-4 may cause a corporation to wait up to 4 weeks to receive an Employer Identification Number (EIN).
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