What Are Articles of Incorporation and How to File Them

As an aspiring entrepreneur, you might have a lot of plans about starting a business. But officially launching your business requires more than just a great idea. To create a new corporation, you’ll need to file articles of incorporation.

Articles of incorporation, also known as certificate of incorporation or corporate charter, are a legal document that you file with your state’s business filing agency to establish a C corporation or S corporation. The document contains basic business information, such as company address and number of shares. Once approved by the state, the articles legally establish your corporation.

In this guide, we’ll go over what information goes in your articles of incorporation, how to file and fees, as well as some post-filing tips to complete the launch of your new company.

What’s included in articles of incorporation

Articles of incorporation vary slightly from state to state, but most states have similar requirements. You can access your form by…

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This article was written by Priyanka Prakash and originally published on www.nerdwallet.com