There are three ways to incorporate your business in Rhode Island:

  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.

Rhode Island Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Rhode Island Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name must use word “corporation,” “company”, “incorporated”, or “limited” or an abbreviation thereof. The name must not be deceptively similar to any domestic or foreign corporation authorized to do business in state, or limited partnership of foreign limited partnership or reserved or registered name unless written consent is obtained from holder of such name. The name may not contain any word that implies the corporation was formed for a purpose for which it is not organized.
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 Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island.
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 required to be listed

Stock Information

An increase in the shares may cause an increase in the initial filing fee.

Yearly Requirements

Annual Statements

Must be filed with the State between January 1 and March 1, except that the first annual report of a corporation must be filed between January 1 and March 1 of the next year succeeding the calendar year in which its certificates of incorporation or authority was issued. Filing fee of $50 must accompany report.

Income Tax Rate

9% of net income. Minimum tax, $250

When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Rhode Island, 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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