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Seth W.

Seth Wiener

1217 reviews
As an experienced trial lawyer and litigator, Seth Wiener has resolved numerous federal and state litigations. His cases have included everything from family law to bankruptcy to fraud and more. Before Seth formed his own firm, the Law Office of Seth W. Wiener, he worked for several prominent law offices where he gained a great deal of experience.
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Geoffrey A.

Geoffrey Amend

787 reviews
Geoffrey Amend has over 21 years of experience as a business attorney. He is licensed to practice law in Kansas. Geoffrey has represented numerous corporate clients, including JungleBee, MomoCentral and APIMATIC. He started his own legal firm in 2013 and was the general counsel at Chelsea Partner before starting his own firm. Geoffrey graduated with a J.D. in law from the Washburn University School of Law in 1995.
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Steven S.

Steven Stark

577 reviews
For over 30 years, Steven Stark has offered counsel to non-profit organizations and private companies. He has a passion for helping small businesses in particular since he himself started several businesses of his own in New York and Florida. He understands the importance of small businesses having a reliable attorney to advise them about legal matters from their inception.
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Scott S.

Scott Stram

390 reviews
As a member of both the New York and New Jersey Bars, Scott Stram is an accomplished lawyer with experience in a range of legal and business areas. This includes corporate law, data security, compliance, real estate, and intellectual property. Before founding Stram Law, Scott was a compliance officer for a company that performed property audits, a director of a security consulting practice, and an operations officer for Viacom and CBS.
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Neil G.

Neil Gandhi

325 reviews
Neil Ghandhi has 12 years of experience as a corporate attorney. He is licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey. Neil received his legal degree from the Fordham University School of Law. Neil is experienced in securities and finances, and often assists startup companies overcome legal obstacles. He has been the chief legal officer at ComicsVerse.com since December 2015, as well as the managing attorney at his own legal office since January 2014.
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Jake S.

Jake Siciliano

252 reviews
Jake graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he focused on international trademark and corporate law. As of 2022, he has obtained his L.L.M. in Financial Compli... read more
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David Y.

David Yamaguchi

235 reviews
Startups and small businesses sometimes need someone who can deal with complex transactions on an international playing field. David Yamaguchi specializes in content hosting issues and intellectual property. He concentrates his practice in the United States, Asia, India, and Europe. Whether you are a business giant or a startup, Mr. Yamaguchi can provide legal advice that fits your needs.
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Mario N.

Mario Naim

225 reviews
Mario's firm focuses on serving growth companies throughout the venture capital life cycle from startups to public companies. The firm provides services related to business law, specifically corporate, securities, business combinations and commercial transactions. He has also helped foreign clients in the acquisitions of businesses in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
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Joshua S.

Joshua Soloway

206 reviews
He has experience as an entrepreneur, investment banker, strategic adviser and corporate finance attorney. Joshua is currently a Managing Director of Soloway Group, PC Counselors at Law. His focus is on corporate finance, securities, capital raising and general corporate matters. His legal advice extends to private and public companies. He attended Boston University School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctorate.
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Alisha B.

Alisha Bond

203 reviews
-Received a BS in Communications in 2005, JD from Mississippi College School of Law in 2009, and MBA from University of Maryland in 2016. -Results driven and experienced a... read more
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Richard G.

Richard Gora

200 reviews
Looking for an attorney with experience? Richard Gora is the exact attorney you want. Having defended over 100 cases both in state and federal courts and working with clients from around the globe, Richard has an array of different experiences. His services are wide-ranging and include business litigation, securities litigations, employment litigation, and business counsel. Prior to founding Gora LLC, he worked for Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP for eight years.
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Glenn M.

Glenn Manishin

161 reviews
Glenn Manishin is the managing partner at Paradigmshift Law LLP and founded the law firm in 2015. The focus of his law firm lies within Internet technology and business law. Attorney Manishin has a mission in place to help clients and companies find creative and efficient ways for their business models to navigate through legal and regulatory barriers. Attorney Manishin has worked with top companies including Sports Fans Coalition, Inc., Consumer Federation of America, and more.
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Michael W.

Michael Wieser

152 reviews
I am dedicated to working with startup entrepreneurs and early stage growth companies to provide legal stability and scalability for growing enterprises. What sets me apart... read more
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Conor T.

Conor Teevan

151 reviews
Top-tier talent shouldn’t have to come with a top-tier fee. This is why Conor Teevan combines his top-tier expertise (Yale undergrad, Stanford Law) with affordability. Conor has represented Silicon Valley startups, real estate investors, artists creating companies, and even a child author in need of a book deal. Conor himself started a real estate company with holdings in five states.
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Paul S.

Paul Spitz

141 reviews
With an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, Paul Spitz offers business experience and legal expertise to companies ranging from startups to midsize organizations. He specializes in the areas of technology, marketing, e-commerce, and digital media. Unlike attorneys at large law firms, Mr. Spitz is able to provide affordable services in counseling, representation, and negotiation.
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Neil P.

Neil Park

138 reviews
Neil Park is well-equipped in Private Practice - with over 7 years of experience acting as outside General Counsel for many of his business clients. For the past two years, Neil has been working as Counsel for an Intellectual Property boutique. His practice areas include Intellectual Property Counseling, Trademark Prosecution, Licensing, Trade Secret Management and Strategy, Business Transactions, Corporate Law and Regulatory Compliance. He attended Loyola Law School.
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Brig R.

Brig Ricks

134 reviews
I am a senior executive and strategic legal adviser with 19 years of experience providing legal services in international environments. I am a general counsel who can advis... read more
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Grant M.

Grant Maynard

127 reviews
Grant represents high-growth companies in all aspects of formation, financing, and intellectual property issues. He has previously done general corporate, intellectual, and real estate work at Nebraska's oldest law firm before transitioning to a more virtual lifestyle. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands the need to balance legal and business interests.
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan Savar

120 reviews
In addition to being a skilled business lawyer, Jonathan Savar is highly experienced in investment banking. He handles strategic transactions, financings, and contracts for individuals, startups, and middle-market companies. Mr. Savar offers every one of his clients individualized attention to provide efficient, cost-effective services.
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Baruch G.

Baruch Gottesman

117 reviews
Baruch Gottesman is a corporate attorney with over a decade of experience. He is licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York. Baruch obtained his J.D. degree in law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He is skilled in providing legal assistance to startup companies, with exceptional experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Baruch founded his own law firm in January 2010.
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Bob S.

Bob Schrader, Esq.

97 reviews
Bob Schrader is an attorney at law who has been practicing law for over three decades. He has been licensed to practice law in Florida. Bob received his J.D. in law from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center. He primarily specializes in assisting small businesses and startups with their legal matters. Bob also specializes in immigration law. He founded his own legal firm in June 2007.
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Katie C.

Katie Centolella

85 reviews
Our firm, Pact Legal, consists of Founding Partners Katie Centolella and Brent Xavier, as well as a team of associates and support staff. We serve as general counsel to ent... read more
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Stacy D.

Stacy Dees

81 reviews
Stacy Dees has over 15 years of in-house legal counsel experience that she brings to every legal task she performs. Her solution-oriented approach focuses on the problem so you don't have to. She can deal with contract review, debt or equity transactions, acquisitions, licensing, and more. Whether you are a large company or just getting started, Ms. Dees can help with your legal needs.
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Thomas L.

Thomas Love

70 reviews
Holder of seven patents, Thomas Love has a work history spanning from a partnership in a major firm (specializing in international corporate finance) to working at a number of startups, including in software, global supply chain, and online education. Today, Mr. Love represents clients worldwide and has provided his services to non-profits in theater, women’s empowerment, medical education, and more.
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Dean S.

Dean Sage

66 reviews
Dean Sage is an attorney at law with over seven years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his legal degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Dean is experienced in dealing with legal matters related to real estate law, tax law and business formation. He is also skilled in legal research and writing, as well as drafting and negotiating commercial contracts.
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Brandon P.

Brandon Pittard

59 reviews
I've spent the majority of my legal career in house at various companies, and know how to balance legal risk against the needs of a business. As legal counsel at several di... read more
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Rhea D.

Rhea De Aenlle

59 reviews
Rhea de Aenlle is a business-savvy attorney with extensive experience in Privacy & Data Security (CIPP/US, CIPP/E), GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, FERPA, Intellectual Property, and... read more
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Sam G.

Sam Goldstein

56 reviews
Bankruptcy Consultant for Businesses/Individuals considering Chapter 7, 11, or 13 filings, handling both consultation and representation. Small Business professional exp... read more
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Erin H.

Erin Hudson

44 reviews
Erin graduated magna cum law from Baylor Law School, clerked for a federal judge, cut her teeth at an AmLaw 200 firm, and spent over a decade representing businesses in com... read more
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Carmelo C.

Carmelo Chimera

39 reviews
10 years ago, I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and since then I've practiced at some of the world's largest law firms. I've also been a business owner... read more
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Mario M.

Mario Milano

31 reviews
Mario Milano is a highly accomplished and sought-after attorney specializing in intellectual property, business formation, and contracts. With an unwavering commitment to e... read more
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Drew S.

Drew Stokesbary

29 reviews
Drew Stokesbary is a corporate lawyer that primarily specializes in providing legal assistance to startup companies. He has been licensed to practice law in Washington for the past four years. Drew received a legal degree after he graduated from the Notre Dame Law School. He specializes in legal cases related to securities and finances, as well as labor and employment law. In July 2015, Drew founded a law boutique, Stokesbary PPLC, where he now acts as a managing member.
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Jon B.

Jon Bourne

28 reviews
Experienced on-demand general counsel for small to mid-size companies not yet ready for full-time general counsel. Proven ability to provide pragmatic advice in plain Engli... read more
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John R.

John Ray

28 reviews
John is the Principal of the Ray Legal Consulting Group and has over 12 years of complex class action litigation and appellate experience. He has special expertise in discrimination, First Amendment, and intellectual property/media litigation. John also takes on civil rights cases for individual clients, which can have a significant impact on the rights of women, racial minorities, and other groups.
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Daniel W.

Daniel Weberman

28 reviews
I am an experienced New York Attorney pleased to offer my services to clients who are seeking assistance with startup consulting and/or business related legal work. My expe... read more
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Sean L.

Sean Lowe

26 reviews
Sean is a tenacious business attorney who graduated at the top of his class from UCLA School of Law. He started his law career by working for a federal judge and a supreme ... read more
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Neil F.

Neil Fridman

23 reviews
I enjoy advising companies and identifying solutions to complex business and legal problems. My intimate knowledge of corporate/real estate law, investment banking, and pri... read more
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John Allen W.

John Allen Waldrop

23 reviews
Waldrop & Colvin is a Virginia based law firm with premier talent delivering a boutique experience. We serve national clients in various industries with locations world... read more
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Alexander N.

Alexander Nahai

23 reviews
Proud to be in the 98th percentile of attorneys on UpCounsel! Having graduated from the USC Gould School of Law in 2013, and having overseen over $1.2 billion in transactio... read more
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Chrystan C.

Chrystan Carlton

23 reviews
Chrystan Carlton launched her legal career with a to unlock the path to entrepreneurship and social enterprise. With her rich blend of negotiation, financial, and legal pro... read more
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Stephan H.

Stephan Holmquist

19 reviews
Served as transactional and litigation counsel to clients ranging from start-ups to government entities to publicly traded, Fortune 50 companies. Served as outside genera... read more
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William G.

William Goldman

18 reviews
William Scott Goldman is the founding member of Goldman Law Group, representing creative business clients in all 50 states and worldwide. Mr. Goldman received an LL.M. in P... read more
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Ryan A. W.

Ryan A. Woods

16 reviews
Ryan Woods is both a business attorney and an entrepreneur, with years of experience behind him as a successful online business owner. Ryan was recently licensed to practice law in California. He is experienced in all areas related to starting a new business, with a particular focus on labor and employment law, as well as securities and finances. He has been the CFO and a general counselor at Tinsel App Holdings Inc. since March 2015.
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Niq H.

Niq Howard

16 reviews
I want your business to succeed as much as you do, which is why I help create strategies and solutions that fit the unique needs of you and your Intellectual Property. Work... read more
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Thomas D.

Thomas Demuth

16 reviews
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Upon graduation, I went to McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago and practiced corporate, real estate and tax law.... read more
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Rondesse Legal P.

Rondesse Legal Pllc

16 reviews
Our firm, Rondesse Legal, is more than just a group of lawyers; we're a close-knit team of legal enthusiasts, each with our unique journey and shared to deliver outstanding... read more
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Eric B.

Eric Broad

14 reviews
I’m the Founder and CEO of Bowery Legal, a firm composed of startup and venture capital lawyers and entrepreneurs who have worked at big law firms such as Latham & Watk... read more
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Eric W.

Eric West

7 reviews
At London West Law Firm there are five core 1) Empathy enables communication which enables understanding 2) To know an issue you must know the facts 3) Client empowerment ... read more
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Sam S.

Sam Sutherland

5 reviews
Imagine the possibilities for your company. As your lawyer, I figure out how to structure those ideas to protect your interests, while navigating how they work in reality. ... read more
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Luke R.

Luke Richbourg

My solo practice involves a wide range of sophisticated finance/corporate/transactional work, from startup formation and financing to M&A stock and asset purchases, mid... read more
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Starting an C Corporation in New York with a business startup attorney on UpCounsel is easy, informative, and cost-effective. In just three simple steps, our C Corporation attorneys will help you protect your business and personal assets, and help you organize your business for state and federal compliance for C Corporation.

When forming an C Corporation in New York with UpCounsel, the attorney you choose to help you will conduct a business name search for your New York C Corporation and assist you in preparing your C Corporation Operating Agreement, along with providing other legal services based on your needs. Once your Certificate of Incorporation have been prepared and successfully filed with the New York Secretary of State, your New York C Corporation has been formed and begins its existence as a corporate entity.

Requirements for Forming a New York C Corporation

Choosing a Company Name for Your C Corporation

One of the first steps in the process of forming your New York C Corporation is to choose your business name.

The business name that you choose must contain the words "Incorporated" or "Inc."

It must be distinguishable (not the same as or deceptively similar to) the name of any New York C Corporation or foreign C Corporation reserved or registered and cannot contain the words "bank", "trust", "trustee,""incorporated", "inc.", corporation", or "corp.", or "insurer" or "insurance company" or any other words suggesting that it is in the business of issuing policies of insurance and assuming insurance risks.

Your C Corporation name may contain the name of one or more members.

By using UpCounsel, you can choose several business names in order of preference. Your attorney of choice can then conduct a name check for your New York C Corporation before filing to see which names are available. Once you have chosen an available name, your chosen C Corporation attorney can help you properly register your name with the State of New York.

Certificate of Incorporation: When forming an C Corporation in New York, the Certificate of Incorporation must be filed with the New York Department of State Division of Corporations. New York state law requires that certain information be included in your Certificate of Incorporation when forming your New York C Corporation.

This information must include:

  1. The C Corporation name.
  2. The County in New York where the C Corporation will be located.
  3. The C Corporation must designate the New York Secretary of State as its agent for service of process. An address must be provided so that the Secretary of State may mail a copy of any process received.
  4. The organizer's signature.
  5. Name and address of the filer of the Certificate of Incorporation.

Publication: According to Section 206 of the Limited Liability Company Law, you are required to publish a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation after it has been filed, or a notice that acknowledges the formation of an C Corporation This must be published in two newspapers designated by the county clerk of the county in which the C Corporation office is located for six consecutive weeks.

Additionally, a New York C Corporation formation generally requires inclusion and/or consideration of the following:

Organizers: One or more people may form a C-Corp, yet they do not need to be members of the C Corporation.

Minimum Number of C Corporation Organizers: One (or more).

Eligibility: An organizer may be an individual, partnership, limited partnership, trust, estate, association, corporation, C-Corp, or other entity, whether domestic or foreign.

C Corporation Operating Agreement: Every C Corporation with more than one member is required to have an C Corporation Operating Agreement. The Certificate of Incorporation may contain restrictions or prohibitions on the power of the members to adopt, amend, or repeal an operating agreement. If there is more than one member, any operating agreement shall initially be agreed to, in writing, by all of the members and must be entered into within 90 days of filing the Certificate of Incorporation.

Membership: A C Corporation must have one or more members.

Eligibility Requirements: A natural person or an entity.

Procedure for Membership: The member may acquire an interest in the C Corporation directly from the C Corporation at the time of formation and, after formation, at the time provided in and upon compliance with the Certificate of Incorporation or the operating agreement or, if not provided, only upon the vote of a majority in interest of the C Corporation members, excluding the vote of the person acquiring the membership interest, and only when the person becomes a party to the C-Corp's operating agreement.

Resident Agent needed for a New York C Corporation

Remember that the registered agent for your New York C Corporation must be the New York Department of State. Every New York C Corporation must have a registered agent in New York, which is the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence and notice if the company is "served" with a lawsuit. The registered office may be a place of its business.

New York Secretary of State

Once you create an C Corporation in New York, the New York Secretary of State will require that certain recurring responsibilities and duties be fulfilled. The most important of these are explained below.

For further information, contact the New York Secretary of State.

Recurring Responsibilities and Duties for New York C Corporations

Annual Report: Each C Corporation shall provide an annual report to the New York Secretary of State regarding its financial condition to each of its members.

Records: Each New York C Corporation must keep the following records open to inspection at its office:

  1. A current list of the full name and last known business or residence address of each member and of each holder of an economic interest in the C Corporation set forth in alphabetical order, together with the contribution and the share in profits and losses of each member and holder of an economic interest.
  2. If the C Corporation is manager-managed, you will need a current list including the full name and business or residence address of each manager.
  3. A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation and all amendments thereto, together with any powers of attorney pursuant to which the Certificate of Incorporation or any amendments thereto were executed.
  4. Copies of the C-Corp's federal, state, and local income tax or information returns and reports, if any, for the six most recent taxable years.
  5. A copy of the C-Corp's Operating Agreement, if in writing, and any amendments thereto, together with any powers of attorney pursuant to which any written operating agreement or any amendments thereto were executed.
  6. Copies of the C-Corp's financial statements, if any, for the six most recent fiscal years.
  7. The books and records of internal affairs as they relate to the C Corporation for at least the current and past four fiscal years.

Filing Fees for a New York C Corporation

The processing fee for the Certificate of Incorporation is generally about $200 and the filing and submission of the Certificate of Publication is about $50. These fees can change so it would be best to check with the New York Department of State on what the latest fees are. You may pay these fees in many different forms including cash, check, money orders, or debit and credit cards.

Taxes for a New York C Corporation

New York C Corporation shareholders do not report any of the business income and expense on their individual tax return. The corporation files tax returns and pays its income taxes (at generally lower tax rates than would individuals) while the individual shareholders report and pay personal income taxes only on monies paid them by the corporation.

It should be noted that shareholders are required to pay personal income taxes on income from dividends paid by a C Corporation even though income taxes have previously been paid by the corporation. This leads to what is commonly referred to as "double taxation".

New York state law follows federal law for income tax purposes. Therefore if a corporation is classified as an association taxable as a C Corporation for federal income tax purposes, so will it be taxable as a corporation for state tax purposes.

Federal Income Tax: For federal income tax purposes, a C- Corp is recognized as a separate taxpaying entity. A corporation conducts business, realizes net income or loss, pays taxes and distributes profits to shareholders..

New York State Income Tax: The New York State Tax Law requires a corporation to file franchise tax reports and pay franchise taxes annually even if the corporation does not conduct business or loses money. Franchise tax requirements begin the date the corporate existence begins. Tax responsibilities continue until the corporation is legally dissolved by the Secretary of State.

Federal Tax Identification Number: Your corporation will need to obtain a federal tax identification number, which is also known as an Employment Identification Number (EIN). You do not need to get a new EIN after the corporation choose to become a C Corporation An EIN is similar to an individual's social security number. You will need an EIN for your C Corporation as long as there is one member, even if the C Corporation does not have employees. For certain tax filing requirements the attorney you choose on UpCounsel can help prepare your Federal Tax ID Application, if you have not done so already.

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