There are three ways to incorporate your business in Pennsylvania:

  1. Hire a lawyer to do the job for you (the most expensive option)
  2. Walk in to the Department of State office and do it by yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.

PA Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Pennsylvania Department of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Pennsylvania, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 2 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 Pennsylvania Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name may be in any language but must be expressed in English letters or characters or Arabic or Roman numerals; shall contain word “corporation”, “company”, “incorporated” or “limited” or its abbreviations.
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.
Commercial Office Provider Information In Pennsylvania, a Commercial Office Provider (also known as a registered 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 Pennsylvania.
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 Must be 18 or older
Articles of Incorporation Directors are not required to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed

Stock Information

No extra filing fees based on number of share or amount of par value.

Yearly Requirements

Annual Statements

Based on the amount of stock.

Basis. Capital stock value is (1) the product of one-half times the sum of a corporation’s average net income capitalized at 9.5% plus 75% of such corporation’s net worth (2) minus $100,000 [72 P.S. S:7601]. Algebraically, capital stock value equals [(.5) * ((average net income/.095) * (.75 * (net worth)) – $100,000)]. Net worth is the sum of the corporation’s issued and outstanding capital stock, surplus, and undivided profits as of the close of the tax year. Minimum tax is $300.

Income Tax Rate

9.9% of taxable income.

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