Ohio C Corp Formation

Ohio C Corporation Formation

Steven Stark C Corporation Lawyer for OH

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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Richard Gora C Corporation Lawyer for OH

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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Joshua Garber C Corporation Lawyer for OH

Representing notable clients like Tesla and the City of Los Angeles, Josh Garber excels at helping clients with employment and labor laws. Many of his past clients have had great success using Josh for employment agreements and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) hearings. With his practical advice, he has even helped clients avoid going to court.
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Eli Rosenbluh C Corporation Lawyer for OH

Eli Rosenbluh has spent years working in large law firms representing huge business clientele. Now he serves small and medium-sized businesses the same way that he has helped Fortune 500 companies. Whether your business needs help with formation, employment, or trademarks, Mr. Rosenbluh can help. He can also handle real estate matters, commercial contracts, and help with non-profits issues.

Kimberly Ford C Corporation Lawyer for OH

Kimberly Ford is a business attorney with almost a decade of experience. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Alabama. Kimberley obtained her degree in law from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She is experienced in dealing with legal matters related to commercial contracts and business formation, as well as labor and employment law. Kimberly has been the founder and president of Fordumas since July 2012.
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Mark Fletchall C Corporation Lawyer for OH

Kansas licensed attorney with 6 years General Counsel experience. Currently focused on the debt collection industry, I have extensive experience in Human Resources, busines... read more
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Jesse Woo C Corporation Lawyer for OH

Jesse Woo will step in and help resolve your business legal issues so that you can get back to doing what you do best. With previous work experience being a public defender, judicial extern, research assistant and law clerk, Jesse Woo now offers all of that in his own law practice. Jesse Woo specializes in corporate formations, business transactions, business litigation, copyrights, and trademarks.

Maxwell Livingston C Corporation Lawyer for OH

I am a practicing litigator and transactional drafter. I am both relentless and creative, which means I never let up until I know my client has reached an outcome that is m... read more
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Allen Rothman C Corporation Lawyer for OH

Allen Rothman has 35 years of experience as a corporate attorney. He is licensed to practice law in New York and obtained his legal degree after his graduation from Harvard Law School. Allen is skilled in providing legal assistance to startup companies and small businesses, with exceptional experience in mergers and acquisitions. Since February 2013, Allen has been serving as a counselor at Eilenberg & Krause.
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Paul Lee C Corporation Lawyer for OH

Paul Lee is a corporate attorney with over two years of experience. He focuses primarily on working with commercial contracts. Paul has worked with corporate clients of all sizes, including Microsoft, Deutsche Bank and General Electric. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York. Paul Lee holds a J.D. in law, which he obtained after graduating from Brooklyn Law School. Since May 2016, Paul has been an associate at Lowenstein Sandler.

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Why use UpCounsel to form an C Corporation in Ohio

Starting an C Corporation in Ohio 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 an C Corporation.

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

Requirements for Forming a Ohio C Corporation

Choosing a Company Name for Your C Corporation

One of the first steps in the process of forming your CA 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 an S Corp or foreign C Corporation reserved or registered.

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 Ohio S Corp 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 Ohio.

Articles of Incorporation: When forming an C Corporation in Ohio, the Articles of Incorporation must be filed with the Ohio Secretary of State. Ohio state law requires that certain information be included in your Articles of Incorporation when forming your Ohio C Corporation.

This information mustinclude:

  1. The C-Corp's name.
  2. The effective start date of the Articles.
  3. The C Corporation must appoint a statutory agent designated to for its' service of process. The Original Appointment of Statutory Agent (incorporated into the Articles form) must provide the agent's name and address as well as the agent's signature accepting the appointment.
  4. The number of shares the C Corporation is authorized to issue.
  5. The amount of initial stated capital.

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

C Corporation Operating Agreement: Although the C Corporation Operating Agreement is not required with the Articles of Incorporation, it is a good idea for every C Corporation with more than one member to have one. The Articles of Incorporation may contain restrictions or prohibitions on the power of the members to adopt, amend, or repeal an operating agreement. Ohio recognizes operating agreements as governing documents.

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 Articles 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.

Business Licenses: Business licenses and/or permits are required for most C-Corp's offering specific professional services. Contact the Ohio State Corporations Commission for specific licenses.

Resident Agent needed for a Ohio C Corporation

Remember every Ohio C Corporation must have a registered agent in Ohio, which is the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence and notice if the company is "served" with a lawsuit. The statutory agent must be one of the following: 1) A natural person who is a resident of Ohio; or 2) a domestic or foreign corporation that has a Ohio business address.

Ohio Secretary of State

Once you create an C Corporation in Ohio, the Ohio 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 Ohio Secretary of State.

Annual Report: Ohio does not require C Corporations to file an annual report.

Records: Each Ohio corporation must keep the following records open to inspection at its office:

  1. Accounts of record
  2. Minutes of the proceedings of the incorporators, shareholders, directors and committees of the directors.
  3. A record of the shareholders, including their name and addresses and listing number and class of shares issued or transferred to them.
  4. A signed "Incorporator's Statement" showing the names and addresses of the initial directors who will serve on the board until the first annual meeting of shareholders.

Filing Fees for a Ohio C Corporation

The processing fee for the Articles of Incorporation is generally about $125 but may be expedited for additional fees. Also, the filing and reservation of the C-Corp's name is $50. These fees can change so it would be best to check with the Ohio 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 Ohio C Corporation

Ohio 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".

Ohio 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.

Ohio State Income Tax: A Ohio C Corporation is subject to Ohio's commercial activity tax (measured by gross receipts).

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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