Incorporate in Colorado - Same Day Filing

Incorporate in Colorado  - Same Day Filing

Incorporate in 3 Easy Steps
Filing Packages Start at $79 (plus state fees)
SunDoc Filings can help you form a Colorado corporation with the Secretary of State on an expedited basis within 24 hours. SunDoc Filings can act as your liaison to file your Colorado Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State, reducing the chance of expensive delays or rejections. Let us guide you through the process.

 

For already prepared documents, skip to step 3

 

 

Step 1: Check Name Availability

Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check for availability.

Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles

Our online form will walk you through all required information.

Step 3: Specify Service Level and Service Options

Select the appropriate filing package or choose from the a la carte options.

 

Routine: 3 - 5 business days

Rush: No Rush Avaialble

 

 

Email confirmation within one hour during normal business hours.

 

 

Your filing is now on its way!

If we receive your Colorado Articles of Incorporation by 12:00 p.m. PST M-F, your corporation will be submitted and could be active by 5:00PM! This means your company will be given the submission date as your file date. If you mail the document to the state, like many filing services do, it will take several more weeks for proof of filing.

 

Your Post-Filing Responsibilities

  • File a Statement of Information:  After the Articles of Incorporation are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information.  
  • Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new company. Simply add it to your order or fill out our online EIN order form and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
  • Colorado Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order your kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate Kit order page.

Add these optional services to your order at the time of filing:

  • Certificate of Good Standing: You may need additional copies if you are going to qualify or register in other states. Most certificates are good for 90 days.
  • Additional Certified Copy of Articles: You may need this in the future for banks, loans, or professional licensing requirements.

 

The SunDoc Filings Advantage

 

  • We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
  • All filings received by 12 p.m. PST are submitted same day
  • Most filing companies mail in your filings

 

Colorado Corporate Formation Guidelines 

 

CORPORATE NAME The corporate name must contain one of the following;  corporation, incorporated, company, limited, corp., inc., co., or ltd. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a 120 day period for a filing fee of $10.

 

PURPOSES CLAUSE It is acceptable to state, either alone or with a specific purpose clause, “The purposes for which the corporation is organized shall be to transact any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Colorado Business Corporation Act.

 

REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Colorado.

 

DIRECTORS / INCORPORATOR The minimum number of directors is one.  The minimum number of incorporators is one (an individual or an entity) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Colorado. The Articles of Incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Colorado Business Corporation Act, a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.

 

AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL There is no minimum or maximum number of authorized shares since state incorporation fees are not based on the share structure. There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.

 

PREEMPTIVE RIGHTS / CUMULATIVE VOTING Preemptive rights are denied in absence of a specific grant.  Cumulative voting is automatically granted unless specifically denied.

 

ANNUAL REPORT Colorado requires corporations to file an annual report, which is called a Periodic Report. The due date is determined by the company’s incorporation date. The state charges $100 to file a paper copy and $10 if you file it online.

 


 

Colorado Corporate Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why choose SunDoc Filings?

SunDoc Filings can help you form a Colorado corporation with the Colorado Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in Colorado or form a Colorado subchapter S corporation, you must file the Colorado Articles of Incorporation with the Colorado Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming Colorado corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the Colorado incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the Colorado Articles of Incorporation with the Colorado Secretary of State on your behalf.


How do I form a Colorado Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the Colorado Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the Colorado Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the Colorado corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the Colorado Secretary of State. Fifth, when the Colorado Secretary of State files the Colorado Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.

 

What are the advantages of forming a Colorado Corporation?
To begin with, there is the protection of the "corporate veil" that provides limited liability to the owners (shareholders). The shareholders are not personally liable for debts and obligations of the corporation. They can personally lose only to the extent of their investments in the Colorado corporation form purchasing stock. Since the Colorado corporation is an independent legal entity, the Colorado corporation has continuous existence. It does not cease to exist simply because one of the shareholders dies or retires. Corporations often have an easier time setting up insurance, retirement funds, profit-sharing, pension, and stock option plans than other business entities.

When you form an Colorado corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Colorado corporation. Ownership in an Colorado corporation is more easily transferable than other business entities. Under most circumstances, shares of stock can be sold without restriction to a third party without having to obtain consent from the Colorado corporation itself.
 

How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my Colorado Corporation?
After we form an Colorado corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your Colorado corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your Colorado corporation. If you purchase our Colorado premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your Colorado corporation.

How do I form a Colorado S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your Colorado S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an Colorado S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an Colorado S corporation simply means the corporation is taxed like a partnership or LLC with a pass through tax structure. Make sure to check with your accountant or the IRS for limitations or read about Colorado C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in Colorado, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the Colorado S corporation's shareholders include their share of the Colorado Corporation's separately stated items of income, deduction, loss, and credit, and their share of non-separately stated income or loss.

What are the advantages of a C Corporation in Colorado?
Generally most people form Colorado C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since Colorado S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an Colorado C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An Colorado C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An Colorado C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an Colorado S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are U.S. citizens or registered aliens, issue only one type of stock, and are limited to no more than 75 shareholders.

How do I obtain or prepare corporate bylaws for my Colorado Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your Colorado corporation and include meeting minutes (MS Word format) that you can prepare as needed.

What are the corporate bylaws and why are they so important for my Colorado corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Colorado corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Colorado bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. Colorado bylaws also contain the names of the officers for the titles: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Another important part of Colorado corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the Colorado corporation can open a bank account, take out loans, write checks, enter into contracts, obtain business credit, and issue stock certificates to its shareholders. Most Colorado bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes Colorado shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the Colorado corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the Colorado corporation.

What is an Colorado corporate seal?
After the Colorado corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sun prepare the bylaws, the Colorado corporation will need a corporate seal. A corporate seal is a handheld device that imprints paper with the corporation's name, state of formation, and date the Colorado corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require Colorado corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All Colorado corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.

What is a Colorado corporate kit?
The Colorado corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the Colorado corporation's important documents such as the Colorado Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the Colorado corporation kits that Sun sells include having the Colorado corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the Colorado corporation's name) on the spine. Most Colorado corporation kits come with a slipcase to keep the binder safe. Some corporate kits are made with a slipcase built in. The choice is yours.

Another important part of an Colorado corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the Colorado corporate kits that Sundoc sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the Colorado corporation's name, the amount of shares, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue, and the title of President and Secretary below the signature lines. If you have already formed your Colorado corporation, you can order an Colorado corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page. 

 


Now that you have formed your Colorado corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the Colorado bylaws, issued shares of stock, and used your seal embosser, it is time to verify which local, city and county business licenses your company will need. The best place to start is your city hall or county recorder's office. Take the time to verify your areas business licensing requirements. For those of you who plan to run your Colorado corporation out of your home, check with your city or county to find out if a work at home permit is required. Once your licensing requirements are met, it is time to start operating your Colorado corporation