Incorporating can be a critical step for any business navigating the complex business landscape, particularly within New York. As one of the most highly regulated and complex business environments in the United States, New York-specific guidance from experienced attorneys is often essential for a successful incorporation. Here, we provide answers to some of the common questions and considerations for businesses looking to incorporate in New York.

Business owners in New York should consider the benefits and costs of incorporating, understand the various structure and governance considerations, consider taxation issues, secure the appropriate licenses and permits, and understand the employment considerations. With the help of experienced legal counsel, business owners in New York can understand and navigate the process, as well as long-term implications of incorporation, to ensure a successful transition to a corporate entity.

Benefits and Costs of Incorporation

One of the primary motivators for businesses in New York to incorporate is the potential liability relief it can provide. There are several points to consider when it comes to potential benefits and costs of incorporation. First, businesses that are incorporated may be able to access capital from outside sources, such as venture capital and angel investors, more easily than businesses that are not incorporated. Additionally, although incorporating does come with corporate filing fees and some ongoing operational costs, businesses may also be able to save money in the long run in the area of taxes, as corporate tax rates are often lower than individual tax rates.

Business owners should also be aware that an incorporated business is beholden to certain governance requirements such as regular, official meetings with records, issuing stock to founders and directors, having certain tax filings, staying up to date with other corporate formalities such as fiduciary duties or duties associated with derivative suits, and legal paperwork related to maintaining the business' corporate status.

Filing Requirements and Structure Considerations

Business owners in New York considering incorporation should understand the filing requirements and structure considerations related to incorporating in New York. The first step for a business going through the incorporation process in New York is to file articles of incorporation with the New York Secretary of State. The articles of incorporation are the legal documents that establish the business entity and determine its management structure, regulatory requirements and any potential shareholders or directors.

In addition to the articles of incorporation, businesses may also need to file an establishment agreement that outlines the provisions applicable to the newly incorporated entity. This document includes provisions related to the businesses bylaws, board of directors, internal organization, and dissolution and winding up of the business in the future. Additionally, businesses may need to file a certificate in order to begin doing business in New York.

Taxation Considerations

When incorporating in New York, businesses must consider the applicable taxation requirements. In addition to federal income taxes, businesses may be subject to local income taxes in New York. Additionally, businesses may also be subject to the New York Employment Security Tax. Business owners should also be aware of potential sales tax requirements.

New York also requires businesses looking to incorporate to submit a Certificate of Authority. The Certificate of Authority grants the business the right to complete business activities within New York. Finally, businesses may also need to obtain a New York State Identification Number (NYSID) if they plan to sell taxable items within the state of New York.

Licenses and Permits

Businesses that are incorporated in New York typically need to obtain licenses and permits to begin operations. Generally, the applicable permits and licenses vary based on the businesses’ specific activities, the type of business, and its location. Business owners should contact the local municipality, state government or federal agency, depending on their businesses’ needs, in order to understand the requirements. Businesses may also need to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for business-specific taxes.

Employment Considerations

Incorporating can also have implications for businesses when it comes to employment considerations. In addition to the licenses and permits above, incorporated businesses may also need to register with the New York State Department of Labor in order to legally employ personnel. Additionally, businesses may need to secure workers’ compensation insurance, as well as comply with any potential labor laws.

When incorporating in New York, businesses should also be aware of the New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL) coverage requirements. PFL is a mandate that requires employers in New York State to provide employees with pay and job protection related to family leave.

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Above, we have examined some of the key considerations for businesses looking to incorporate in New York. While these are some of the important points to consider, businesses should also speak with experienced legal counsel to ensure that they are aware of any applicable rules or regulations specific to their businesses. From understanding the benefits and costs associated with incorporation, to navigating the filing requirements, taxation considerations, licenses and permits, and employment considerations, experienced legal counsel can help businesses properly and successfully incorporate in New York.



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