Incorporate In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to an incredible business community and some of the largest companies in the US. The “Keystone State” major industries are agriculture, education, gambling, banking and manufacturing.

If Pennsylvania were a country its economy would rank as the 18th largest in the world

Benefits of incorporating in Pennsylvania:

Protection of personal assets

When incorporating in the Pennsylvania, foreign entrepreneurs can feel confident that their personal assets are well protected. Corporations and limited liability companies separate the assets and liabilities of companies from the personal assets of the business owner.

Ability to open bank account

Forming a company is the first step for a non US resident to open a bank account. A US bank account gives businesses access to a debit card, and the potential to open a merchant service account. Internet commerce is made much easier with a US bank account because companies like PayPal, Amazon and EBay considered you more qualified as a vendor.

Enhanced credibility

Whether starting a new business or incorporating an existing one, incorporation makes a business appear more credible to potential customers, suppliers and investors. You also have the security of operating under US law.

Your corporate name can boost your brand

Pennsylvania requires that C-corporations and LLC not have a name that is the same or could be confused with a business already in existence. To make sure your business name is eligible Inc. Plan can help you choose a distinctive C corp or LLC name. A unique corporate name enhances your company’s reputation and also helps protect the identity of your brand.

Tax flexibility and benefits

The type of business entity you choose to operate in Pennsylvania determines the nature of the charges imposed on your business. C corps are assessed taxes based on their net income. LLCs can elect to be taxed as S corporations, C Corps or LLCs. Some cities and counties may also impose taxes for corporations doing business locally.

Residency Requirements

Pennsylvania does not have any residency requirements. Owners and directors do not need to live in state to legally operate a Pennsylvania company. Before your firm is legally eligible to operate make sure you possess all the required business licenses, permits, and tax registrations. Inc. Plan can help you stay in compliance with state law.

Other incorporating requirements

C corps and LLCs must have at least one director/member. The names and addresses of these members/owners are not required to appear in the incorporation filing documents.

Requirements for forming an LLC in Pennsylvania:

When forming a Limited Liability Company certain steps must be taken to keep the business in compliance on an ongoing basis.

Name requirements for LLCs

In Pennsylvania LLC names must be unique. They are allowed to end with the terms “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “Ltd.,” Co.,” “LLC” and “L.L.C.” Moreover, words like “Banking,” “Insurance,” “Bond,” “Survey,” “Title,” “Trust” or “Endowment” are allowed if they are authorized by the state authorities. Company names must be expressed in English letters and characters, and Arabic or Roman numbers.

LLC filing requirements

Entrepreneurs looking to do businesses in Pennsylvania must submit articles of organization to the state. Pennsylvania LLCs are not required to file an annual report.

Required information for the Article of Organization

The name and address of a registered agent who resides in Pennsylvania and who is available to manage legal and tax business documentation must be included in the Articles of Organization. For more help with the initial corporate filing or with registered agent services contact Inc. Plan (USA).

LLC taxes and fees

For tax purposes, Pennsylvania LLCs will be taxed as C Corporations for state tax purposes. However, LLCs can choose to be taxed as an S Corporation based on its members personal income return where they must file their share of the LLC’s income.

Requirements for forming a C corporation in Pennsylvania:

Each of the 50 American states has its requirements for incorporating. The essential requirements for C corporations established in Pennsylvania are as follow:

Name requirements for C corporations

Businesses looking to incorporate in Pennsylvania must include the terms “Company,” “Corporation,” “Incorporated” or “Limited,” or with their abbreviated forms. Corporations are allowed to use the terms “Banking,” “Insurance,” “Bond,” “Survey,” “Title,” “Trust” or “Endowment” if they seek special approval from the state. Company names must be expressed in English letters and characters, and Arabic or Roman numbers.

Filing requirements in Pennsylvania

Entrepreneurs looking to do business in Pennsylvania must file articles of incorporation with the state. Businesses must submit a Corporate Tax Report to the Department of Revenue. The Corporate Tax Report is due on or before April 15th and includes the net income tax, franchise tax, capital stock tax, and the corporate loans tax.

Required information for the Article of Incorporation

The articles of incorporation are required to list the company’s authorized shares along with their assigned per value. Entrepreneurs must also include the name of a registered agent with a physical address in Washington. Increases in the share stock do not affect the initial filing fees. Inc. Plan (USA) can help you with the necessary filings and also with qualified registered agent service.

Taxes and fees requirements

C corps in Pennsylvania are taxed at a rate of 9.99% based on net income generated in the state. Certain cities and counties may impose additional taxes for doing locally.

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