There are three ways to incorporate your business in Louisiana:

  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.

Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Louisiana Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Louisiana, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 7 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 Louisiana Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name According to the Louisiana’s business code, a corporate name must contain one of the following words: “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Limited” or the abbreviation of any of these words. The name may contain the word “Company” or the abbreviation “Co.” if “Company” or “Co.” is not immediately preceded by the word “and” or the symbol &.” The name must not be same nor deceptively similar to any other reserved or registered name of a corporation. The name cannot use certain enumerated words relating to banking, savings and loans or insurance.
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 Louisiana, 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 Louisiana.
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 Three or more. If only one or two shareholders, the number of directors can be less than three but not less than the number of shareholders.
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements None
Articles of Incorporation Directors are required to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed

Stock Information

An increase in shares or par value does not effect initial fees.

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • Report due with Secretary of State by May 15, fee is up to $25.

Income Tax Rate

$0 – $25,000 – 4%
25,000 – 50,000 – 5%
50,000 – 100,000 – 6%
100,000 – 200,000 – 7%
200,000 over 8%

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