How to Incorporate a Business in Georgia (GA)

There are three ways to incorporate your business in Georgia:
  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.
When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Georgia, you’ll receive everything you need to track and maintain your company, including free expedited service, one year of registered agent service, and instant access to your online account where you can add additional services, track orders, maintenance requirements and digital notifications.
However, whatever method you choose, the section below will provide you the basic information you need to know about GA filings.

GA Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Georgia Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Georgia, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 5 to 12 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 Georgia Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:
  • Company Name
    Name shall include word “Corporation”, “Company”, “Incorporated” or “Limited”, or abbreviation thereof. The name shall not exceed 80 characters, including spaces and punctuation. The name may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by Georgia law or the articles of incorporation. The name may not contain anything that, in the reasonable judgment of the Secretary of State, is obscene. The name must be distinguishable from the other corporation names in 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 Georgia, 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 Georgia.
  • 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 – Natural person, 18 years old.

* Directors are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.

Officer Information

* The officers are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.

Stock Information

* An increase in the shares does not cause an increase in the initial filing fee.

Yearly Requirements

* Annual Statements

* Annual statement is $50.00 per year. The annual statement is due on April 1st, unless this is the first statement, then it is due within 90 days of incorporating.

Income Tax Rate

* The income tax rate is 6% of net taxable income.

* Net Worth Tax

* Net worth, including issued capital stock, paid-in surplus and earned surplus. The net worth is presumed to be the net worth as disclosed on the corporation’s books and as reflected on the return required to be filed annually by the corporation. No par shares have the value fixed for stock by the Commissioner from required return and any other information available to Commissioner.For more information on taxes, visit http://www.etax.dor.ga.gov/

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