There are three ways to incorporate your business in Indiana:

  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 yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.

Indiana Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Indiana Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Indiana, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax, online or in person (it will take the SOS 15 minutes to process your filing if you file online). 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 Indiana Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name must include word “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Company” or “Limited” or an abbreviation thereof. The name cannot imply purpose or power not possessed by corporations organized under Indiana Business Corporation Law or in articles of incorporation. The name must not be distinguishable to a reserved name or the name of any other corporation then existing under laws of state without consent of user.
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 Indiana, 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 Indiana.
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

The shares of stock and par value can be increased with no additional filing fee.

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • Every domestic corporation must file a biennial report. Filing fee is $30. The first biennial report must be filed in the second year following the calendar year in which a domestic corporation was incorporated.

Income Tax Rate

3.4% of adjusted gross income from Indiana sources plus 4.5% supplemental net income tax.

For more information on taxes, visit http://www.in.gov/dor/

When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Indiana, 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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