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In order to incorporate a business, you must file company formation documents with the state government. Unlike a sole proprietorship or general partnership, both of which are formed as soon as the owner or owners conduct business, a corporation or LLC must be created with the state, and each state has its own incorporation requirements. This article outlines the most commonly requested elements.
Regardless of whether you are forming a C corporation or an S corporation, the company formation document is called the Articles of Incorporation or Certificate of Incorporation. This document provides the state with necessary information on your business. The information included in the Articles of Incorporation is a matter of public record, meaning that anyone can access it.
While the information required can vary greatly by state, there is common information that most states require to be included in the Certificate of Incorporation, including: