There are three ways to incorporate your business in Texas:

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

TX Articles of Incorporation Requirements

TX Corporate Name Endings

The name must contain the word “corporation”, “company” or “incorporated”, or abbreviation thereof. The name must not imply purpose other than that stated in articles of incorporation. The name may not be the same as, or deceptively similar to, the name of any domestic or foreign corporation, or any reserved or registered name. The name may not contain the word “Lottery.” However, a name already in use may be used if the corporation or LLC gets written consent from the user filed with secretary of state.

Director Information

Minimum Number One or more
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements Eighteen or older
Articles of Incorporation Directors are 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

Must complete and file the franchise tax below.

Income Tax Rate

The franchise tax is computed at the rate of: (1) .25% of net taxable capital and (2) 4.5% of net taxable earned surplus. If amount computed under either part of the basis formula is zero or less, the amount is computed as zero. If the amount of tax computed is less than $100, the corporation is not required to pay such amount and is not considered to owe any franchise tax for the period.

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Requirements to Form an LLC in Texas

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