There are three ways to incorporate your business in Utah:

  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.

Utah Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Utah Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Utah, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 7-14 days for normal processing). Online filings typically take 1 business day.

To complete your Utah Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name must contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated” or “company” or abbreviation thereof, or words or abbreviations of with the same meaning in another language. The name must be distinguishable from name of any domestic corporation or authorized foreign corporation, domestic or foreign limited liability company or partnership, or any reserved or registered name in the state of Utah.
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 Utah, 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 Utah.
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 Minimum of three directors, however, if the corporation has fewer than three shareholders, number of directors may be equal to or greater than number of shareholders.
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements Eighteen 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

To Division of Corporations and Commercial Code no later than the end of the second month following the month in which the report form is mailed by the Division. The annual report fee is $20.

Income Tax Rate

5% of net income. Minimum tax, $100.

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