There are three ways to incorporate your business in Connecticut:

  1. Hire a lawyer to do the job for you (the most expensive option)
  2. Walk in to the Secretary of State office and do it by yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.

CT Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Connecticut Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Connecticut, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 3 to 5 days to process your filing). If you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business, we are authorized to file online with the state, and we’ll form your LLC or corporation in 1 business day.

To complete your Connecticut Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name of the corporation must be in English letters or numbers and must contain one of the following words: corporation, company, incorporated, limited or Societa per Azioni, or contain the abbreviation corp., inc., co., ltd., or S.p.A. The name may not imply that it is organized for any purpose not permitted in its certificate. The name must be distinguishable from the name of a domestic corporation; a reserved or registered corporate name; the fictitious name of a foreign corporation; the name of a nonprofit corporation; the name of any domestic or foreign nonstock corporation; or other business entities filed with the state.
Company Purpose List the reason for forming the corporation or the business/activity which the corporation will engage in.
Authorized Shares List the number of shares of corporate stock you are currently authorizing. Technically, this is when you “create” your stock (more can always be authorized later), and that stock will be issued to your shareholders at your first shareholder meeting.
Registered Agent Information In Connecticut, a registered agent (also known as a resident agent) is an individual or business that serves as your company’s official point of contact for lawsuits and legal notices. As part of Active Filings’ incorporation service, we include a year of registered agent service when you hire us to incorporate your business in Connecticut.
Names and Addresses of the Incorporators The incorporator is the person or company authorized to form the corporation. For example, if you hired us, we would list ourselves as the incorporator. The incorporator does not have any stake in or claim to the corporation being formed.

Director Information

Minimum Number One or more
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements None
Articles of Incorporation Directors are not required to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed

Stock Information

An increase in the shares may cause an increase in the initial filing fee.

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • Domestic corporations must pay a fee $75 with each annual report. New domestic corporations file first report within 30 days after organization meeting.

Income Tax Rate

For tax years commencing on or after January 1, 1999, the rate is equal to 8.5%; for tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2000, and thereafter, the rate is equal to 7.5%.

For more information on taxes, visit http://www.ct.gov/drs/site/default.asp

When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Connecticut, you’ll receive everything you need to track and maintain your company, this includes:

  • Free expedited service
  • One year of registered agent service
  • An online account where you can add additional services, track orders, maintenance requirements and digital notifications.

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