There are three ways to incorporate your business in Wisconsin:

  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.

Wisconsin Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Wisconsin Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Wisconsin, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 4 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 Wisconsin Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name List the company name. The name of the corporation shall contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated”, “company” or “limited” or abbreviation thereof or words or abbreviations of words of a similar meaning in another language. The name may not contain language stating or implying that corporation is organized for purpose other than as permitted. The corporate name must be distinguishable upon the records of the secretary of state from other corporations, LLC and other business entities authorized to use name in 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 Services In Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin.
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 Requriements None
Articles of Incorporation Directors are requried to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed

Stock Information

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

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • Payment is due to the Department of Financial Institutions, and the fee is $25 for domestic corporations. Annual reports for domestic corporations are due in each year following the year in which the corporation was incorporated during the quarter in which the anniversary date of the incorporation occurs. Annual reports for foreign corporations authorized to transact business in Wisconsin are due during the first calendar quarter of each year following the calendar year in which the foreign corporation became authorized to transact business in Wisconsin.

Income Tax Rate

7.9% of Wisconsin net income.

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