Pennsylvania C Corporation Formation

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Steps to Forming a Pennsylvania C Corporation

The first step in forming a corporation in Pennsylvania is to draft and file Articles of Incorporation. If you’d like, you can review sample Pennsylvania Articles of Incorporation. The following information must be included in your Articles of Incorporation:

  • Name: The name you select for your corporation must be distinguishable from all other corporate names on file in Pennsylvania. The good news is that rejections due to name availability are easily avoidable— can help you determine whether your name is available by performing a preliminary business name search.
  • Registered Agent: You will list either a commercial registered agent and their county, or a noncommercial registered agent and their address. If using a noncommercial registered agent, the address must be a physical address (and not a PO Box or other mailing address) and must be within the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Business Incorporation Law: Your Articles should include the following statement: “The corporation is incorporated under the provisions of the Business Corporation Law of 1988.”
  • Shares: You will insert the number of shares your corporation is authorized to issue. This number must be at least 1.
  • Incorporator: You should list the name and address of the person who is to execute the document. This may be an officer of the corporation, but it is not required to be.
  • Additional Provisions: You may add any additional provisions you would like to the Articles by attaching a separate piece of paper to the document.
  • Signature: The person listed as Incorporator should sign and date the bottom of the document.

You should alert the state if any of the above information changes after you file your Articles of Incorporation so that they have current information on file for you at all times.

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Further Responsibilities of a Pennsylvania C Corporation

All incorporated businesses in Pennsylvania must submit an annual filing to the state. Failure to do so may result in the Corporations Bureau penalizing your corporation.

Additional Information about a Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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.)

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