There are three ways to incorporate your business in Vermont:

  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.

Vermont Articles of Incorporation Requirements

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

Company Name The name must contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated”, “company”, or “limited”, or an abbreviation of one of them. The name may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for purposes other than permitted by state law. The name shall not have word “cooperative” or any abbreviation thereof. The name shall be distinguishable from, and not the same as, deceptively similar to, or likely to be confused with or mistaken for any name granted, registered, or reserved under chapter or by or with secretary of state.
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 Vermont, 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 Vermont.
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 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 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

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

Yearly Requirements

Annual Statements

Every domestic corporation and every foreign corporation authorized to do business in Vermont must file an annual report with the Secretary of State within two and one-half months after the expiration of its fiscal year. The annual fee for a domestic corporation is $15.

Income Tax Rate

7% on Vermont net income of $10,000 or less; $700 plus 8.10% of excess between $10,001 and $25,000; $1,915.00 plus 9.20% of excess between $25,001 and $250,000; $22,615.00 plus 9.75%) of excess over $250,000. Minimum tax, $150.

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