Online Florida Corporation

Online Florida Corporation

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Online Florida Corporation

Save money and time with the Online Florida Corporation formation application. Our easy-to-use service helps you form your corporation directly online without the costly attorney fees. Pick a package, complete a comprehensive interview online, follow our step-by-step instructions, and leave the rest to us. We file your articles of incorporation with the Florida Secretary of State for you and your corporation will come into existence the day it is filed.

If you'd like to form a corporation in a state other than Florida, click here to select your state.

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Florida Corporation FAQs

How do I form a corporation in Florida?

In Florida, you create a corporation by filing "articles of incorporation" with the Department of State's office and paying a filing fee. You'll also need corporate bylaws and resolutions signed by the board of directors, though these documents don't need to be filed with the Department of State. Your bylaws explicitly state the rights and responsibilities of the shareholders and directors and govern how your corporation will be run.

After your articles of incorporation have been filed and you sign corporate bylaws, your corporation is official, but you will still need to obtain the licenses and permits that all new businesses must have to operate. These may include a business license (sometimes also referred to as a "tax registration certificate"), a federal employer identification number, a sellers' permit, or a zoning permit. Forming a corporation does not exempt you from any of these requirements that apply to all businesses.

For more information, see the Licenses & Permits for Your Business area of Nolo's website.

To begin creating your Florida corporation, visit the Online Florida Corporation page at the Nolo website.

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How much will it cost to form my Florida corporation?

The price of Nolo's Online Florida Corporation formation service varies depending on your needs.

Nolo's Basic Service. The price starts as low as $99.00 for Nolo's Basic Service, which includes preparation and filing of the articles of incorporation, preparation of personalized bylaws, resolution forms, and standard filing and shipping, which will take two to three weeks.

Nolo's Express Premiere Service. Includes Nolo's Basic Service plus Priority Rush Filing, an application for an employer id number, a personalized corporate record book that is foil-stamped with your company name, 20 personalized stock certificates, and a personalized corporation seal, for $299.00. With Priority Rush Filing, your articles of incorporation will be filed within one business day, and you'll receive your final corporate documents four to six business days later. Your corporate records kit will be sent to you directly from the manufacturer.

Note that filing fees charged by the state are not included in our package prices. The Department of State charges $78.75 in state fees (includes a certified copy of the articles of incorporation). This filing fee will be added to your total when you check out.

To compare Nolo's Florida corporate packages, see the package and pricing details. Please note that coupon codes are not applicable to corporate packages.

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How long will it take to form my Florida corporation?

With the Priority Rush Filing that comes with Nolo's Express Premiere Service, your articles of incorporation will be filed with the Department of State within one business day, and you'll receive your final corporate documents four to six business day later, depending on processing times at the Department of State. Your corporate records kit will be sent to you directly from the manufacturer.

With the Basic Service, your corporation will be formed, and you will receive your final corporate documents, in two to three weeks.

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Will I have to pay taxes on my Florida corporation?

Florida state taxes. Every corporation doing business in Florida has to file a tax return each year with the Florida Department of Revenue by April 1 (or by the first day of the fourth month following the close of the corporation's tax year). You can register online at https://taxapps.floridarevenue.com/IRegistration/. The first $50,000 of net income is exempt from taxation.

Federal income tax on C corporations. The Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 established a new single flat tax rate of 21% for corporations. This replaces the corporate tax rates ranging from 15% to 35% that corporations paid under prior law.

Federal income tax on S corporations. The IRS does not impose taxes on S corporations; S corporation income is reported on the shareholders' individual tax returns.

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Do I need a lawyer to form a corporation in Florida?

You can form your own corporation online by using Nolo's Online Florida Corporation. We will walk you through the information needed to form a corporation. If you have a complex question, you may want to consult a business lawyer or tax expert. Our website features an online lawyer directory as a free resource to our customers. Comprehensive profiles of business attorneys in your state can be found at www.nolo.com.

If you are trying to convert an LLC or partnership into a corporation, you should consult an attorney. There are some legal and tax ramifications to closing down an existing business and starting a new one that are beyond the scope of our service.

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Does Florida require that corporations have bylaws?

Florida's Department of State does not require you to file written bylaws, but our service provides customized bylaws that help ensure that courts will respect the shareholders' personal liability protection, help to avert misunderstandings among the shareholders over finances and management, lay out the procedures for handling the departure and addition of shareholders, and more. Every corporation needs bylaws to outline the corporate structure and establish the powers of directors, officers, and shareholders.

Learn more about bylaws in the Corporations section of Nolo's website.

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Can I form a corporation in a different state if my business will operate in Florida?

Corporations formed in Florida are not required to have a principal office in Florida. But if you were to form a corporation out of state, say in Delaware, you would still need to qualify your corporation to do business in Florida—and this means you would have to file additional paperwork and pay additional fees. For more information on whether you'll need to qualify to do business in certain states, read Nolo's article Qualifying to Do Business Outside Your State on Nolo's website. Note that if you don't register to do business in another state when required, you won't be able to enforce contracts in that state.

Also, be ready for some state tax complications if you form your corporation in a state that's different from the state where all of its shareholders live. For one thing, the shareholders might have to pay personal income taxes in the other state on corporation income. (At best, you might get credit for those taxes in your home state and not have to pay twice. At worst, you might have to pay taxes you wouldn't have had to pay at home.) Other state taxes vary from state to state, and might influence your choice of location for a corporation. A corporation—like any business—has to pay franchise taxes, sales and use taxes, other transaction and excise taxes, and employment, property, and transfer taxes.

In addition, you need to maintain a registered agent in the state in which you incorporate.

To avoid these hassles, most smaller corporations that will operate only in Florida form their corporation in Florida.

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Does Florida consider shares in a small corporation to be considered securities?

A share of stock in your corporation is classified as a security under both Florida and federal securities laws that regulate the offer and sale of corporate stock. However, Florida and the federal government exempt most small corporations from these laws. Federal law exempts "private offerings": non-advertised sales to a limited number of people (generally 35 or fewer). Florida law provides similar exemptions. You can learn about the state securities exemptions in Florida at www.flofr.com. With our service, each shareholder will receive a shareholder letter to sign, stating their relationship to the corporation. These letters can help establish the reason your corporation may be entitled to an exemption.

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Does forming a corporation mean I don't need Florida business licenses or permits?

Forming a corporation does not take the place of obtaining a business license, tax registration certificate, and other required business permits. A corporation merely creates an ownership setup that limits the owners' personal liability. For more information on required licenses and permits, see the Licenses & Permits for Your Business area of Nolo's website.

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How can a Florida corporation be ended after it has been formed?

Your corporation will exist—and incur taxes and fees, whether or not you are actively operating a business—until you take legal steps to dissolve it. If you decide to discontinue business as a corporation, you must file a certificate of dissolution or similar document with the Florida Department of State.

For general information on closing a business, read the article Closing Your Business: What You Need to Do on Nolo's website.

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Does Nolo form professional corporations in Florida?

No, Nolo does not form professional corporations. In Florida, some professionals can form professional corporations (PCs), including CPAs, public accountants, chiropractors, dentists, physicians, podiatrists, architects, veterinarians, attorneys, and life insurance agents, but they can also form regular corporations. You should consult with a lawyer if you are interested in forming a professional corporation.

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How long do I have to work on my corporate order?

You have as long as you like to work on your corporate formation without purchasing it. Every time you work on your corporation order on Nolo.com, your answers are automatically saved.

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What happens after I pay?

Note: You will receive a confirmation email that includes the following information.

Your articles of incorporation will be generated and sent to the Department of State. With the Priority Rush Filing that comes with the Express Premiere Service, you'll receive your final corporate documents about a week later. With the Basic Service, your corporation will be formed and you will receive your corporate documents within two to three weeks.

If you ordered Nolo's Express Premiere Service, your corporate records binder and company seal will be sent to you independently, directly from the manufacturer.

When you receive your final corporate documents, you will receive instructions on a few more steps you need to take, which include holding an initial meeting of your directors and shareholders (who are likely the same persons).

After completing your purchase, you may no longer go back and change your answers because your order is being processed. You may, however, view your answers by signing in to your Nolo account at www.nolo.com/products/customer/account/login, clicking on My Account, and clicking on Florida corporation.

Once we send your documents to the Department of State, we cannot refund your state filing fees and other third-party costs, such as courier and delivery services, should you decide to cancel your order. If you have a question after submitting your order, you may contact our filings specialists by going to https://www.nolo.com/customer-support/filing-support.

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What if I want to change the information I gave you for my new corporation?

You can take as much time as you like to work on your corporation answer choices. Every time you add or edit an answer, your work is automatically saved.

After completing your purchase, you may no longer go back and change your answers because your order is being processed. You may, however, view your answers by signing in to your Nolo account at www.nolo.com/products/customer/account/login, clicking on My Account, and clicking on Florida corporation.

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Where can I learn more about Florida corporations?

To learn more about corporations, visit the Corporations area of Nolo's website or read Nolo's book Incorporate Your Business, by Anthony Mancuso.

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