Steps to Forming a Georgia C Corporation

Your Articles of Incorporation will include the following information:

  • Name: You should select a name for your S Corporation, but you should first determine that the name you select is available for use in Georgia in other words, that there are no entities already on file with the state that are using that name. A preliminary business name search can help you avoid a rejection.
  • Shares: Any for-profit corporation in Georgia must issue some amount of stock. You must authorize at least one share.
  • Registered Agent: Your registered agent must have a physical address in Georgia. If you do not have one, can appoint a registered agent for you.
  • Incorporator(s): The name and address of the person/people who drafted the Articles should be included, and the incorporator should provide his or her signature. You must list at least one incorporator.

If any of the above information changes, you should file an Article Amendment with the state so that they have up-to-date information on your business at all times.

Let take care of filing your C Corporation in Georgia. Or, if you'd like to file on your own, take a look at our sample Georgia Articles of Incorporation for guidance.

Further Responsibilities of a Georgia C Corporation

Georgia requires that C Corporations submit an annual registration to the Secretary of State, which should include current information on your company's mailing address, management structure, and registered agent.

Additional Information about a Georgia C Corporation

Your C Corporation:

  • Can sell stock and raise capital
  • May deduct the cost of benefits provided to employers (such as parking permits, health insurance, and so on)
  • Has a board of directors, which oversees the policies of the corporation
  • Issues limited liability for owners
  • Can be owned by non-US citizens or non-resident aliens
  • Can own other business entities
  • Can be owned by other business entities
  • Is taxed separately from the owners' income

Shareholders of a C Corporation cannot be held liable in a judgment against the corporation for an amount greater than the amount of stock they hold. (This does not include any personal liabilities, such as fraud, failure to pay taxes, and so on.)

Georgia Startup Quicklinks

For information on other types of businesses in Georgia, please explore the links below.