There are three ways to incorporate your business in Iowa:

  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.

IA Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Iowa Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Iowa, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax, online or in person (it will take the SOS 3 days 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 Iowa Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name must contain the words “corporation”, “incorporated”, “company”, or “limited” or the abbreviation “corp.”, “inc.”, “co.”, “ltd.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in another language.
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 Iowa, 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 Iowa.
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: An annual report must be filed with Secretary of State. The first annual report must be delivered to the Secretary of State between January 1 and April 1 of the year following the calendar year in which a domestic corporation was incorporated or a foreign corporation was authorized to transact business. The fee for filing the annual report is $30.


Income Tax Rate

First $25,000 – 6%
$25,000 to $100,000 – 8%
$100,000 to $250,000 – 10%
$250,000 or more – 12%

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