Skip to step 3 for already prepared documents.
Step #1: Check for Name Availability
Start with 3 corporate name ideas in order of your preference. We’ll see if they’re available.
Step #2: Prepared your Articles
You’ll be walked through all required information with our easy online form.
Step #3: Specify Service Level and Options
Select the filing package you require, or feel free to choose from the available a la carte options.
Rush Order: 24 Hours
Routine Orders: 7 - 10 Business Day Processing Time
During normal business hours, you’ll receive an email confirmation within an hour.
Your filing could be active in the same day we receive your documents!
In the event that we receive your Texas Articles of Incorporation by 12 p.m. PST Monday – Friday, your corporation will be submitted and could be active same-day. This means the submission date that will be given to your company will be the file date. Many filing services mail the document to the state. Keep in mind that if you do this, proof of filing will take several weeks longer.
- File a Statement of Information: The Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information once the Articles of Incorporation are filed.
- Texas Corporate Kit: These kits can be ordered individually at our Corporate Kit order page or t the time you file your order. Kits include bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, a seal embosser, a custom binder, and more.
- Employer Identification Number: Your new company will need an EIN, and we can obtain it for you. Just add it to your order and we’ll have it within 24 to 48 hours.
When you file, consider these optional services:
- Certificate of Good Standing: You may also require more copies of your Certificate of Good Standing if you plan on registering or qualifying in other states.
- Additional Certified Copy of Articles: It may be a good idea to have an additional Certified Copy of Articles for future loan, bank, or professional licensing requirements needs.
The Advantage of Filing With SunDoc Filings
- Since 1999, we’ve filed thousands of documents for our customers.
- Unlike other companies, we won’t mail in your filings, which delays your results.
- Unlike other companies, we submit all filings received by 12 p.m. PST on the same day.
Guidelines for Texas Corporate Formation
The corporate name must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company" or an abbreviation of any of these words. 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 $40 (add $25, if expedited service is required).
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 Texas 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. The minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business is $1,000.
Preemptive rights are denied unless specifically granted in the Articles of Incorporation.
Cumulative voting is denied unless specifically granted in the Articles of Incorporation.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in Texas.
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 Texas Miscellaneous Corporation Laws 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.
Minimum number of incorporators is one - must be at least 18 years, or any domestic or foreign corporation, estate, or other entity) and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Texas.
Submit to the Secretary of State one (1) executed original and 1 copy of the Articles of Incorporation. The Secretary of State files the original and returns the copy with his Certificate of Incorporation affixed thereto. Submit to the Comptroller of Public Accounts upon receipt of evidence of formation the Texas Taxpayer Questionnaire. The questionnaire will be used to determine the entity's franchise tax responsibility in the State of Texas.
Texas Corporate Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose SunDoc Filings?
Forming your Texas corporation or Texas subchapter S corporation in Texas with SunDoc Filings has numerous advantages. Namely, we can facilitate this process quickly and easily for you – making it essentially pain-free. To form your corporation, you’ll need to file your Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Texas. We’ve been doing this since 1999 and are well-versed in the requirements that the state of Texas has for forming corporations. Let us make this process much easier for you by letting us file your Articles of Incorporation on your behalf.
How do I form a Texas Corporation?
In order to form your Texas Corporation, we must first check for the availability of the corporate names you prefer. You’ll pick three corporate names in order preference, and we’ll check with the Texas Secretary of State to see what’s available. Once this is done, we will start preparing your Texas Articles of Incorporation, making sure that they are 100% error-free. Once we verify this and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Texas. The Secretary of State will file your documents and form your corporation, and will send the file document back to you.
What are the benefits of forming a Texas Corporation?
There are several benefits to forming a Texas corporation. First, when you form a Texas corporation, the shareholders or owners are not personally liable for the obligations and debts of the Texas Corporation. This is called the protection of the “corporate veil.” They can only personally lose if they invest their own money in purchasing your Texas corporation’s stock. Next, ownership in a corporation in Texas is quite easy to transfer and much easier to transfer than other types of business entities. In most situations, stock shares can be sold without any type of restriction to third parties. There is no need to obtain a Texas corporation consent before doing this. Another benefit is that Texas corporations are independent legal entities. This means they have continuous existence; they will not cease to exist just because one of the shareholders retires or dies. Finally, Texas corporations have a much easier time when it comes to setting up for retirement, insurance, profit-sharing, pensions, and stock option plans.
How do I obtain a Tax Payer ID Number or Employer Identification Number for aTexas Corporation?
We offer numerous supporting services once we form your Texas corporation. For example, we can obtain an employer identification number for you. These numbers are required when you start business credit for your corporation, open a bank account, or hire employees. Feel free to choose our premium package when you form your corporation with us, and obtainment of your employer identification number will be included.
How do I form a Texas S Corporation?
Your Texas S corporation will begin as a general stock corporation (also known as a C corporation). If you want to form a Texas S corporation, you have to file for subchapter S status with the IRS or Internal Revenue Service. When you form a Texas 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 Texas C corporations below. Double taxation will be eliminated if you obtain an S Corporation status in Texas. The corporation will generally not have to file a tax return either. Shareholders for your Texas S corporation will include their share of the Texas 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.
What are the benefits of a C Corporation in Texas?
If you plan on publicly trading your corporation’s stock, you should form a Texas C Corporation. Texas S corporations can have no more than 75 shareholders. You can have 76 shareholders or more if you have a Texas C Corporation. Furthermore, a Texas C corporation can have multiple classes of stock like common shares and preferred shares. A Texas C corporation will be double taxed as well because individual owners and the corporate entity itself will need to file returns. On the other hand, a Texas S corporation is only allowed to be owned by registered aliens or U.S. citizens. It can only issue one type of stock, and it is limited to no higher than 75 shareholders.
How do I obtain or prepare corporate bylaws for a Texas Corporation?
We will prepare your initial bylaws in standard language as well as meeting minutes in MS Word format if you purchase our premium package. You can prepare these as necessary.
What are the corporate bylaws and why are they so important for aTexas corporation?
Corporate bylaws will be the blueprint of your Texas Corporation. They will contain the following:
• The names of the officers who work in your corporation: the president, vice president, secretary, and CFO (chief financial officer) or treasurer
• The powers, privileges, and rights of the officers, shareholders, and directors
• The overall number of directors plus their names
• An alphabetical list of shareholders, including names, addresses, titles held, and the number of shares owned
A final essential element of Texas corporation bylaws is the outline of the rules of your Texas Corporation. These rules will depict how your corporation is able to take out loans, enter into contracts, obtain business credit, open bank accounts, write checks, and issue stock certificates to shareholders.
What is a Texas corporate seal?
All Texas corporations should have corporate seals. This is a handheld device that is used to imprint all types of documents, including business documents and loan papers. Many lending institutions and banks will require that you have one. The seal will include the corporation’s name, the date the corporation was formed, and the state where the corporation was formed. If you choose to purchase our Texas Corporation kit, you will receive a handheld corporate seal embosser.
What is a Texas corporate kit?
The Texas Corporation kit is a kit that includes essential elements for your newly formed corporation. Each kit will generally include a hardbound binder that has your corporation’s name hot pressed into the spine. Use this binder to hold all of your important documents like your bylaws and your Articles of Incorporation. Most kits will also have a slip case that may be built-in to keep your binder safe. You can choose whether or not you want your slip case to be built-in to the binder. In addition to the binder and slipcase, you will also receive 20 custom stock certificates in your Texas Corporation kit. These stock certificates feature the name of your Texas corporation, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue as well as the amount of shares, and the title of president and secretary underneath signature lines. To purchase our Texas corporation kit after forming your corporation, you can order an Texas corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page. Numerous colors and styles are available.
Operating Your Corporation
After you have formed your Texas corporation, obtained an employer identification number from the Internal Revenue Service, decided between a C corporation or an S corporation for your corporation, prepared your corporation’s bylaws, issued stock shares, and utilized your new corporation’s steal embosser, you’ll need to verify which local, city and county business licenses your new business will need.Furthermore, if you plan to run your business out of your home, you’ll need to check with your city hall or county recorder’s office in order to see if you need a work-at-home permit as well. Once you’ve done all of this and your business license requirements are met, you can start operating your new Texas corporation.