Form a Corporation in New York yourself with our simple step-by-step guide. It’s free and easy!
IncFile and LegalZoom are both reliable services that take care of all legal paperwork on your behalf.IncFile ($49 + State Fee) LegalZoom ($149 + State Fee)
To secure and register your brand name it must be unique, not too similar to another registered name in New York, and shouldn’t contain any restricted wording. To check, conduct a free Business Entity Search through the state, and if there are potential trademark issues conduct another quick search using the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Your name must contain words like, “corporation,” “incorporated,” “limited,” or their abbreviation, even for foreign corp names. If needed, you can file an Application for Reservation of Name through mail with the Division of Corps that’s good for 60 days.
Filing Fee: $20
Your registered agent is a sort of legal representative of your brand, but not in a lawyer or attorney-sense. It’s their job to officially receive/process important business documents like state filings, legal notices, tax forms, and so forth. This is why they have to be either a NY resident individual or a registered business entity and be reliable during all regular business hours M-F (9a.m. to 5p.m.).
That said, you can hire 3rd party professional and expect to pay up to $160/year, or get a registered agent free of charge when you incorporate with IncFile or CorpNet. They handle this along with so much more depending on your startup package.
Download and print out the Certificate of Organization which will need to be filed with the Division of Corporations of the New York Department of State when you’re ready to set up shop and go into business. This filing makes your corporation official in the eyes of the law.
It’s an important declarative document about the basics of your brand for the public record – county where the business will be located, name and address of brand, registered agent info, hours of operation, etc. You can file through mail or by using the state’s Online Filing System linked above.
Filing Fee: $135
Think of this as the hard copy record book where all critical corporate documents are kept like the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, meeting minutes, stock certificate ledger, stock certificates, stock certificate stubs, stock transfer documents, etc. It’s the ultimate company binder! They’re very common and while not necessary having one is highly recommended for all serious business entities.
Appoint at least 1 initial Director who among other things will oversee the New York corporation until the first shareholder meeting where new directors will be voted in. Prepare an “Incorporator Statement” with complete names and addresses of each director and keep it in your records book. Once elected, an initial meeting should:
When you start a corporation in New York, it’s very important to keep all personal and business assets/accounts completely separate. So don’t take this lightly. Where should you start building the financial foundation of your brand? Who is offering the best overall business services to corporate clients, relative to location and other conveniences?
If you think it’ll be helpful, look into this short breakdown of Business Checking Accounts to start brushing up if all this is unfamiliar territory. Where your corporation banks is a critical move, which is why it should be discussed at length in your initial shareholder meeting.
To ensure that you will not face penalties, fines, and fees when starting a business in New York, you need to completely fulfill your business taxes and licenses obligations to the state. To get started, see the resources below:
New York’s a tough marketplace. You’re going to need all the help you get, and the chances of winging it as a corporation successfully is near impossible. Plan! Strategize! Have a presentation-ready plan in the works from Day 1 so you don’t get lost or drown in one of the most extensive economies in the Milky Way.
Having a handle on your goals and objectives is essential, but also how to achieve them – marketing, executive summary, pitch, financials, budgeting, and so on. The process is an astounding teacher all by itself. Learn more through our free resources below.
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The last step we wanted to touch on has to do with establishing your startup’s digital presence. Your home base online. It’s where you provide people/businesses with a place to buy, contact, and investigate what you’re about and where you’re going.
Note that this article on how to form a New York Corporation isn’t a legal document or legal advice. It’s for informational purposes and the information above is subject to change. For specific legal questions regarding how to form a New York Corporation or business in general, please consult with a lawyer or other accredited professional.