1. Do I Need A California Incorporation Filing?

First if you form an LLC or Incorporate, you don't need to file a California Incorporation , DBA (Doing Business As) . I.e., you don't need to register your business name because filing an LLC or Corp. takes care of that.

All businesses that use a trade name need to register the trade name unless the business is a sole owner using his own personal name (e.g. Scott Smith is doing business as "Scott Smith Widjets," does not need to file a DBA (Doing Business As) ). Another exception is a corporation or LLC using their legal name to do business.

For example, Coca Cola Corporation using their name to do business does not need to file a DBA (Doing Business As) under the corporation. However, if using a name such as "Desanie," water or any name other than "Coca Cola," the corporation needs to file a DBA (Doing Business As) .

2. Do I Need Licensing Other Than a DBA (Doing Business As) ?

Yes, all businesses need a DBA (Doing Business As) and an EIN.

In addition, if you want to buy or if you sell any items / merchandise retail, you will need a seller's permit. You also need a seller's permit when you sell wholesale. Finally, if you rent or lease equipment, automobiles etc., you will need a seller's permit.

3. What Do I Need to Open a Bank Account?

You can use a DBA (Doing Business As) , LLC, or a Corporate certificate to open a bank account. In most cases, you will also need an EIN and the business license to show to the banker.

4. Do You Publish My Business Name (DBA (Doing Business As) ) in a Legal Newspaper?

Yes, where required, we will publish it and the fee to publish is included in the price of the DBA (Doing Business As) .

5. Does your Service Fee Include Government Fees?

Yes, government fees are included. The rest of the fee is for our help in getting the DBA (Doing Business As) registered and puplished. In addition, we file a proof of publication with the clerk and that is included in the fee as well.

6. I Use My First Name (or my last name) Only in the Business Name. Do I Need to File a DBA (Doing Business As) ?

Yes, if using the first or the last name only, you will need to file a DBA (Doing Business As) . To avoid that, you need to use your complete name including your middle name.

California and Other States Incorporation Frequently Asked Questions

Incorporation Questions

General  Incorporation Information

All the required document you need to file and run your corporation.

Here's what is  included in the  Package:

  • Business name search for availability

  • Articles of Incorporation -  prepare and file with the state (requires 15-30  business days to form but normally you get certificate in 5-10 business days).

  • E X P E D I T E    S E R V I C E  (Click Here)

  • Attorney review of documents (note, however, we don't provide legal advice nor your purchase includes attorney legal advice)

  • Customized corporate bylaws ( we don't give you blank documents - we complete all corporate documents)

  • Blank common stock certificates for each stockholder (up to 10)

  • Action by Written Consent of the Incorporator

  • Prepare Unanimous Written Consent in place of the First Meeting of the Board of Directors

  • Stock Transfer Ledger

  • Minutes for Meetings of the Board of Directors

  • Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Stockholders

  • Medical Expense Plan clause in bylaws


I am one person corporation, can I incorporate?

Absolutely.  You can be the shareholder, director and the officers of the corporation: president, secretary, and treasurer ( financial officer)

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Should I form a Nevada Or Delaware Corporation ?

Read some of my articles.  In general,     In general,    If you are not a big business, it does not pay to form a foreign corporation.   The fees you incur for an agent for service of process, and the taxes and fees to qualify in California come to more than your save in the end. 

In addition, if you have a retail business in California, you need a California Corporation. 

If you live in California, it is better to incorporate in California. 

The  exceptions are if your corporation is in a state subject to state corporation taxes. In such a case, you may want to use a Nevada corporation to be a type of supplier to your current corporation.  In this scenario, your Nevada corporation makes the profit and does not pay state taxes. If you are actually out of state and  a small percentage of your  business are conducted in California.

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Do I have to pay Minimum Tax each year in CA?

The first year of incorporation, there is no minimum tax.  The second year, on the other hand, you must pay a minimum of $800 per year for corporation taxes - whether or not your you have a profit.  Note: LLC must pay the fee each year.  There is no free first year.

No!  It is just an antiquated way of signing your name.   Just sign as you would sign a  check.