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Step 1: Check Name Availability
Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check 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.
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If we receive your Iowa Articles of Incorporation by 12:00 p.m. PST M-F, your corporation will be submitted and could be active by 5:00 p.m. 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 may take at least a month 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. Add it to your order and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
- Iowa Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order you 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
Iowa Corporate Formation Guidelines
The corporate name must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," "limited," "corp.," "inc.," "co.," "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a nonrenewable 120 day period for a filing fee of $10.
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 Iowa Business Corporation Act.”
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 are denied in absence of a specific grant.
Cumulative voting is automatically denied unless specifically granted.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Iowa.
The minimum number of directors is one (1).
LIMITATION OF DIRECTORS' PERSONAL LIABILITY
The Articles of Incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Iowa 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.
The minimum number of incorporators is one (1) (an individual or an entity) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Iowa.
Submit to the Secretary of State one (1) executed copy of the Articles of Incorporation.
SCHEDULE OF OFFICIAL STATE FEES
$50 filing fee for Articles of Incorporation plus $5 for a certified copy.
Iowa Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings can help you form an Iowa corporation with the Iowa Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in Iowa or form an Iowa subchapter S corporation, you must file the Iowa Articles of Incorporation with the Iowa Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming Iowa corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the Iowa incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the Iowa Articles of Incorporation with the Iowa Secretary of State on your behalf.
How do I form an Iowa Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the Iowa Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the Iowa Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the Iowa corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the Iowa Secretary of State. Fifth, when the Iowa Secretary of State files the Iowa Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.
What are the advantages of forming an Iowa 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 Iowa corporation form purchasing stock. Since the Iowa corporation is an independent legal entity, the Iowa 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 Iowa corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Iowa corporation. Ownership in an Iowa 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 Iowa corporation itself.
How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my Iowa Corporation?
After we form an Iowa corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your Iowa corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your Iowa corporation. If you purchase our Iowa premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your Iowa corporation.
How do I form an Iowa S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your Iowa S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an Iowa S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an Iowa 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 Iowa C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in Iowa, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the Iowa S corporation's shareholders include their share of the Iowa 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 Iowa?
Generally most people form Iowa C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since Iowa S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an Iowa C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An Iowa C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An Iowa C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an Iowa 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 Iowa Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your Iowa 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 Iowa corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Iowa corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Iowa bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. Iowa 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 Iowa corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the Iowa 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 Iowa bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes Iowa shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the Iowa corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the Iowa corporation.
What is an Iowa corporate seal?
After the Iowa corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sun prepare the bylaws, the Iowa 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 Iowa corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require Iowa corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All Iowa corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is an Iowa corporate kit?
The Iowa corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the Iowa corporation's important documents such as the Iowa Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the Iowa corporation kits that Sun sells include having the Iowa corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the Iowa corporation's name) on the spine. Most Iowa 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 Iowa corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the Iowa corporate kits that Sundoc sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the Iowa 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 Iowa corporation, you can order an Iowa corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page. We have a selection of high quality kits that come in array of styles and colors.
Now that you have formed your Iowa corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the Iowa bylaws, issued shares of stock, and used your seal embosser, it is time to verify which local city and/or county tax licenses your business 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 Iowa 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 Iowa corporation