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How do I form a corporation in California?
In California, you create a corporation by filing “articles of incorporation” with the Secretary of State’s office and paying a filing fee. You’ll also need corporate bylaws and resolutions signed by the board of directors, though these documents don’t need to be filed with the Secretary of State. Your bylaws explicitly state the rights and responsibilities of the shareholders and directors and govern how your corporation will be run.
After your articles of incorporation have been filed and you sign corporate bylaws, your corporation is official, but you will still need to obtain the licenses and permits that all new businesses must have to operate. These may include a business license (sometimes also referred to as a “tax registration certificate”), a federal employer identification number, a sellers’ permit, or a zoning permit. Forming a corporation does not exempt you from any of these requirements that apply to all businesses.