Nevada C Corporation Formation

To form a C Corporation in Nevada, you will file Articles of Incorporation with the Nevada Secretary of State’s office.

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Steps to Forming a Nevada C Corporation

First, you must draft your Nevada Articles of Incorporation. These Articles must include the following information:

  • Name: The name of your corporation must be provided; that name must be distinguishable from the names of all other entities already on file with the state. If your name is considered to be confusingly close to an existing name, the Secretary of State’s office will reject your filing. Order a preliminary business name search from to diminish your chances of this type of rejection.
  • Registered Agent: A person must be designated as Registered Agent, who must be available at their physical address to accept service of process on behalf of the corporation. A PO Box may be used as a mailing address, but only in conjunction with a physical address.
  • Shares: Any for-profit corporation, such as a C corporation, must issue some amount of stock. At least one share is the minimum amount of shares you will be allowed to issue. Shares may have par value or no par value.
  • Governing authority: The names and addresses of governing individuals—officers, directors, and the like—must be provided.
  • Purpose: A purpose statement is generally optional, except in certain cases. For instance, if the name (or purpose, if provided) of your corporation leads the filer to believe that you intend to conduct business involving banking, insurance, real estate, or other restricted purposes, you may be required to obtain consent from the agency that regulates the specific business activity. It is a good idea to check with a legal advisor before using one of these restricted terms or a variation of such terms.
  • Incorporator: The name, address, and signature of the person who drafted the Articles should be present here. There can be multiple incorporators, but there must be at least one.

In the event of any changes to the above information, you must file an amendment to the Articles. It is very important that the Nevada Secretary of State have up-to-date and accurate information about your company at all times.

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Further Responsibilities of a Nevada C Corporation

Nevada requires that an Initial List of Officers be submitted to the state by the last day of the month following your month of incorporation; this list should include your directors, officers, and registered agent. A new list of officers must be filed annually to avoid being penalized.

Additional Information about a Nevada 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.)

Nevada Startup Quicklinks

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