Go directly to step #3 for already-prepared documents:
Step #1: Checking for Name Availability
Pick 3 corporate names in order of your preference. We will check for availability of your chosen names.
Step #2: Preparing and Uploading Articles
Utilize our simply online form to walk you through the information we’ll require.
Step #3: Specifying Service Level & Options
SFinally, pick the right filing package for you, or feel free to select from the a-la-carte choices available.
Rush Order: 1 to 2 Business Days
Routine Order: 5 to 7 Business Days
During normal business hours, you’ll receive confirmation within one hour.
Get ready! Your filing is on its way!
Other filing services will mail your document to the state, — possibly delaying your proof of filing by several weeks. On the other hand, if SunDoc Filings receives your Ohio Articles of Incorporation (Monday – Friday) by noon PST, we will likely submit your documents that day, and your corporation could even be active that day. In other words, your file date would be the same as your submission date.
Your Responsibilities Post-Filing
- File a statement of information: Once the Articles of Incorporation have been filed, the Ohio SOS requires you to file a Statement of Information.
- Obtain an Ohio corporate kit: Our corporate kits come with several items, including: meeting minutes and bylaws, a custom binder, a seal embosser, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order a kit when you file or you can place the order individually at our order page for corporate kits.
- Obtain an EIN or Employer Identification Number: Need an EIN? We can obtain one for you from the IRS. Simply add it to your order! We’ll have it to you in one to two business days.
- Certified copy of articles: It’s possible you’ll have to have this later on for banks, loans, or professional licensing.
- Certificates of good standing: It’s possible you’ll need more copies if you’re going to register or qualify your business in states other than Ohio.
The Advantage of SunDoc Filings
- Every filing received by noon PST will be submitted same-day.
- Since 1999, we’ve filed thousands of documents for our clients.
- Most filing companies mail in your filings, but this could delay your results significantly.
Guidelines for Ohio Corporate Formation
The corporate name must contain "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 can be reserved with the SOS (Secretary of State) for a nonrenewable 120 day period for a filing fee of $10.
It is satisfactory 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 Ohio Business Corporation Act.”
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
There is no maximum or minimum number of authorized shares, since state incorporation fees are not based on the share structure. Additionally, there is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
In absence of a specific grant, preemptive rights are denied.
Cumulative voting is automatically denied unless specifically granted.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office in order to receive service of process in Ohio.
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 Ohio Business Corporation Act — a provision limiting or eliminating the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.
Minimum number of incorporators is one (1) person or entity) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Ohio.
Submit to the Secretary of State one (1) executed copy of the Articles of Incorporation, who files the Articles of Incorporation.
SCHEDULE OF OFFICIAL STATE FEES
$50 filing fee for Articles of Incorporation.
Ohio Incorporation - FAQ
Why File With SunDoc Filings?
SunDoc Filings is able to help you create your corporation with the Ohio Secretary of State quickly and efficiently. In order to form a corporation or subchapter S corporation in Ohio, you need to file the Ohio Articles of Incorporation with Secretary of State of Ohio.
SunDoc Filings has been forming corporations since 1999 and knows Ohio’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. We’ll make the entire process painless and easy for you by preparing and filing your Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Ohio on your behalf.
How do I form an Ohio Corporation?
You’ll choose 3 corporation names that you like, and we will begin forming your Ohio corporation by checking for name availability. Next, we’ll prepare your error-free Articles of Incorporation. We will file these Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Ohio, and when they file them, your corporation will be formed. We will then return the file document to you.
Why do I need to form an Ohio Corporation?
There are several reasons to form an Ohio Corporation. First, there’s the corporate veil. This provides limited liability to the owners or shareholders. The latter will not have to be personally liable for obligations and debts that the corporation may have. They will only lose if they have personally purchased stock in the company. Because your Ohio corporation will be a legal, independent entity, this means the corporation has continuous existence. It will not cease existing just because a shareholder retires or dies. It’s often easier for corporations to set up insurance, prepare retirement funds, profit-share, design pensions, and prepare stock option plans.
Finally, ownership in an Ohio corporation makes it easier to transfer than other business entities. Generally speaking, you can sell shares of stock to a third party without restriction and without having to get consent from the corporation itself.
What are the advantages of a C Corporation in Ohio?
If you plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock, you might form an Ohio C corporation. Also, unlike S corporations, choosing a C corporation allows for over 75 shareholders. Additionally, you can have multiple classes of stock, like preferred and common shares.
Ohio C corporations are double-taxed since both the individual owner and corporate entity need to file their own tax returns. On the other hand, an Ohio S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are registered aliens or U.S. citizens. They can also only issue one kind of stock.
How can I form an Ohio S Corporation?
Your Ohio S corporation will begin as a general stock corporation (also known as a C corporation). If you want to form an Ohio S corporation, you have to file for subchapter S status with the IRS or Internal Revenue Service.
When you form an Ohio S corporation, this means that you will be taxed like an LLC or partnership with pass-through tax structure. Remember to check with the IRS directly or with an accountant about limitations, and you can also read more about Ohio C corporations below.
Double taxation will be eliminated if you obtain an S Corporation status in Ohio. The corporation will generally not have to file a tax return either. Shareholders for your Ohio S corporation will include their share of the Ohio corporation’s income, deduction, losses, and credit on their own tax returns. They’ll also need to include their share of non-separately stated income or loss.
How do I get an Employer Identification Number or a Tax Payer ID number for my Ohio Corporation?
After we form an Ohio corporation on your behalf, we can obtain an employer identification number (EIN) for your new corporation in Ohio. An EIN is required for you to hire employees. You also need it to open a bank account and begin a line of business credit. When you buy our Ohio premium package, the EIN will be included.
How can I prepare or obtain corporate bylaws for an Ohio Corporation?
By purchasing SunDoc Filings’ premium package, we will prepare the initial bylaws in standard language as well as meeting minutes in MS Word format that can be prepared as needed.
What are corporate bylaws? Why are they important for my new Ohio corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Ohio corporation. The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Ohio bylaws contain the number of directors and their names as well as the names of the officers for the titles:
• Chief Financial Officer (CFO)/Treasurer
Another important part of the bylaws is that they form the rules for your corporation. These rules dictate how your Ohio corporation will be able to create a bank account, write checks, take out loans, obtain business credit, enter into contracts, and issue stock certificates to its shareholders. It is not uncommon for Ohio bylaws to have a list of shareholders as well. These will be in alphabetical order and include the following:
• The names of the shareholders
• The shareholders’ addresses
• The titles held within the corporation
• The amount of corporate shares each shareholder has
What is an Ohio corporate seal?
All corporations should have corporate seals — handheld devices that are used to imprint all types of documents, including loan papers and business documents. Often, lending institutions and banks will require that you have one. The seal will include the corporation’s name as well as the formation date of the corporation, and the formation state. If you decide to purchase our Texas corporation kit, you’ll get a corporate seal embosser with the kit.
What is an Ohio corporate kit?
We recommend that all new Ohio corporations buy our Ohio corporate kit. The kit will include a hardbound binder. The binder contains all of your most essential documents, like your Articles of Incorporation and your corporation’s bylaws. The binder that you receive in your kit will have its spine professionally printed with your corporation’s name as well. You’ll also receive either a slip cover that goes over your binder to keep it safe or a built-in slipcover. This is your choice.
Finally, you’ll receive 20 stock certificates in your corporate kit. On each stock certificate will be your corporation’s name, the amount of shares, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue, and the names of the president and secretary underneath each of the signature lines.
If you’re interested in ordering an Ohio corporate kit for your new corporation, you can do so here or order one when you file with us. We have numerous colors and styles to choose from.
Operating Your New Ohio Corporation
You’ve formed your Ohio corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided between an S corporation status or a C corporation, prepared your bylaws, issued shares of stock, and utilized your corporate seal embosser. It’s finally time to check local, city and county business licenses that your company will be required to have.
Remember that if you plan to operate your corporation from your home, you’ll definitely want to check with the county or city to see if a work at home permit is necessary.
Once you’ve met all of your licensing requirements, you can start operating your Ohio corporation!