Vermont C Corp Formation

Vermont C Corporation Formation

Steven Stark C Corporation Lawyer for VT

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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Joshua Garber C Corporation Lawyer for VT

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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Sara Kobbermann C Corporation Lawyer for VT

With 9 years of in-house counsel experience, Sara brings a wealth of perspectives to her practice advising business clients. She has spent the majority of her career acting... read more

Christopher Matern C Corporation Lawyer for VT

Christopher Matern is a well-rounded attorney who practices business law to include contract negotiations, commercial real estate, and even new business formation. Attorney Matern’s mission is to provide the best legal services to all clients throughout Chicago and Illinois. Mr. Matern has received multiple awards to include the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors-First Recipient of the Member of the Decade Award.
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Blake Johnson C Corporation Lawyer for VT

Following in his father’s footsteps, Blake Johnson has always had a passion for business and used his upbringing around law to combine the two industries. Watching his father give legal advice in helping businesses get set up correctly, Blake Johnson focused his career path on understanding everything about business and estate planning. Spending time with his own family and staying active has taught him even more about hard work and dedication, which he brings to his practice and clients.

Patrick Jones C Corporation Lawyer for VT

Patrick Jones has 17 years of experience as a business attorney and has represented numerous corporate clients, including AirHelp, Slobbr and several Fortune 500 companies. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Arizona. Patrick has extensive experience in debt and bankruptcy, as well as in legal research and writing. He founded his own law firm, PMJ PLLC, in 2015 and is of counsel at Freeman Law.
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Daniel Benhayoun C Corporation Lawyer for VT

Daniel Benhayoun’s boutique business law firm focuses primarily on estate planning, domestic and international taxes, tax litigation, real estate, foreclosure, and immigration. Formerly a corporate attorney in Venezuela, Daniel successfully negotiated multimillion dollar contracts both in the private and public sectors. He remains a member of the Venezuelan bar.

Sarvey Askarieh C Corporation Lawyer for VT

Sarvey Askarieh is an award winning attorney, having been named Top Attorney in 2013 and 2014 by Pasadena Magazine and having been selected as the Super Lawyers Rising Star List in 2016. Her clients are numerous and varied, including individuals, small businesses, and even Fortune 500 companies. Her practice is dedicated to being client-focused and she aims to provide the highest quality legal services at all times.
47 reviews

Tara Gilder C Corporation Lawyer for VT

Tara was a born litigator who has been motivated to help other people since she was a child. Her practice, Gilder Law, proudly represents the hard-working people in the Acadiana area mostly on matters in litigation. Before she began her firm, she was known throughout the south as an exceptional litigator as an associate and practiced plaintiff personal injury law for almost five years.
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Why use UpCounsel to form an C Corporation in Vermont

Starting an C Corporation in Vermont 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 Vermont with UpCounsel, the attorney you choose to help you will conduct a business name search for your Vermont C 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 Vermont Secretary of State, your Vermont C Corporation has been formed and begins its existence as a corporate entity.

Choosing a Company Name for Your C Corporation

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

The business name that you choose must contain the words "incorporated", "corporation", "limited", or "company", or an abbreviation of these words. The name may not indicate or imply that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than one permitted by state law or its articles of incorporation. 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 Vermont 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 Vermont.

Requirements for Forming a Vermont C Corporation

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

This information must include:

  1. The C Corporation name and address.
  2. The purpose of the C Corporation
  3. The name and address of the registered agent for service of process on the C Corporation
  4. The number of shares, and their class, that the C Corporation is authorized to issue.
  5. The name and addresses of each of the incorporators.
  6. Name and address of the board of directors.

Additionally, a Vermont 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. If there is more than one member, any operating agreement shall initially be agreed to, in writing, by all of the members. If you do choose to adopt an operating agreement, it does not have to be filed with the Secretary of State, but should be kept on file by the registered agent.

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 Vermont State Corporations Commission for specific licenses.

Resident Agent needed for a Vermont C Corporation

Remember every Vermont C Corporation must have a registered agent in Vermont, 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 may be an Vermont resident or business entity authorized to do business in Vermont. The registered agent must have a physical Vermont street address.

Vermont Secretary of State

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

Recurring Responsibilities and Duties for Vermont C Corporations

Annual Report: Each C Corporation shall provide an annual report to the Vermont Secretary of State regarding its financial condition to each of its members. The report is due within 2 months of the end of the C-Corp's fiscal year. The filing fee is $35.

Business Licenses: Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. Contact the Vermont Secretary of State for specific licenses

Filing Fees for a Vermont C Corporation

Filing of the Articles of Incorporation must be made with the Vermont Secretary of State in which the C Corporation was organized, along with the appropriate state filing fee. The fee for this is $135 and the Articles may be emailed or mailed along with the fee. Keep in mind that fees can be subject to change, so make sure to refer to the Vermont Secretary of State for any updates.

Taxes for a Vermont C Corporation

Vermont 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".

Vermont 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.

Vermont State Income Tax: Vermont imposes a corporate income tax on businesses.

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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