There are three ways to incorporate your business in Minnesota:

  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.

Minnessota Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Minnesota Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Minnesota, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax, online or in person (it will take the SOS 5 to 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 Minnesota Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name shall not be deceptively similar to name of any other domestic corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, or limited liability company or of any foreign corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, or limited liability company authorized to do business in state unless: (1) such other corporation is about to change its name, cease business, dissolve or withdraw, and (2) written consent therefrom is obtained.The name shall contain the word “corporation,” “incorporated,” or “limited,” or the abbreviation of one or more of these words or shall contain the word “company” or the abbreviation “Co.,” if that word or abbreviation is not immediately preceded by word “and” or character “&”.
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 Minnesota, 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 Minnesota.
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 or par value does not effect initial fees.

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • The minimum annual license fee is $40. The corporation must pay the annual license fee by May 15 of each year.

Income Tax Rate

Income tax rate is 9.8% of taxable income.

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