Name Availability Search and Reservation

Search your desired company name to ensure it is available in your selected state. Just fill out the form below and Riverside Filings will conduct the search for you. 

Not ready to file yet? We can also file a request to Reserve your desired name for the maximum time period the state allows.

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Business Formation 

Riverside Filings assists with business formation filings across the United States. Our experienced entity formation specialists will prepare, review, and submit the Articles of Formation with the Secretary of State – in as fast as one business day and get them back to you as soon as possible.

LLC VS. Corporations: 

LLC S-corp C-corp
Limited Liability Protection Yes Yes Yes
Tax Structure Pass-through, with option to chose to tax as S-corp (form 2553) or C-corp Pass-through (no corporate tax) Corp rates (form 1120) + Personal (form 1040) = Double taxation
Can Reduce Payroll Tax (FICO) by issuing “distributions” vs. Salary NO (unless chose to be taxed as S-corp) Yes Yes
Corporate Tax Rates (can be lower until $75K) No No Yes
Requirements Annual / Biennial Reports Writing Bi-laws, Selecting Directors, Annual Share-holder Meetings, etc Writing Bi-laws, Selecting Directors, Annual Share-holder Meetings, etc
Sell Stock / Raise Capital NO Yes Yes (and can go Public / IPO)
Change or Sell Ownership Shares NO Yes Yes
Ownership Restrictions NO Yes – Maximum 100 LOCAL Individual (not business entities) members No

 

LLC

The most common corporate business structures is the LLC, or Limited Liability Company. This means that the business becomes its own legal entity and shields you and your personal assets from liability. 

The LLC structure is typically more flexible and with fewer requirements than Corporations. The LLC has a flow-through tax structure so as to avoid double taxation. 

Riverside Filings can assist in forming your Limited Liability Company in any state and get the Articles back to you as quickly as possible.  

After you complete the order form, your Account Manager will prepare and file your documents with the Secretary of States in each state.  

Once certified, you will receive copies of the filing document, or Certificate of Formation, via email and mail — usually on the same day, depending on the state and level of service.

Riverside can also assist with the following items, should you need them: 

Not sure what you need? Our expert Account Managers are standing by, prepared to guide you through the process. Contact Riverside Filings

Order your LLC now! 

Corporations

Corporations are business entities that offer much bigger growth options than the LLC. However, they are more regulated and there are more requirements needed when setting up a corporation, such as writing bi-laws and hosting annual share-holder meetings. 

There are two main type of corporations:

C-Corporation

A typical Corporation, or C-Corporation, offers unlimited growth potential through the sale of stocks, and there is no limit to the number of shareholders a c-corp can have as well as where they can be located. It can also be owned by other entities and offer several classes of stock. The biggest disadvantage of a C-Corporation for most smaller business owners is that the entity is taxed separately from its owners, which can lead to double taxation. The S-corporation offers more flexibility in this regard. 

S-Corp Election: 

An S-Corporation is a corporation that makes an election to be taxed under Sub-chapter S of Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code. This allows the corporation to be taxed as an LLC where the entity will pass-through its profits to its members and avoid corporate or double taxation. In order to qualify to file an S-corp, the entity can only have up to 100 shareholders, and they must all be individuals (not other entities) and US citizens, and you can only issue one class of stock. Most small businesses will not have issues meeting these requirements. 

Every business that files for corporation is first classified as a c corp. Only once that is complete do you have the option to file as an S-corp – by filing the IRS form 2553 – if you meet all the above requirements.

How to form a Corporation

  1. Choose a legal name and Draft and file your Articles of Incorporation with your Secretary of State.
  2. Issue stock certificates to the initial shareholders.
  3. Apply for a business license and other certificates specific to your industry.
  4. File the SS-4 form at the Internal Revenue Service to obtain an EIN or Employer Identification Number.
  5. To file as an S-corp with the IRS, you need to file the IRS form 2553 within 75 days of your corporation formation, anniversary of formation, or within 75 days of a new year.
  6. Some States require that you file your S-corp status with the local government as well.

Riverside Filings can assist in forming your Corporation in any state and get the articles back to you as quickly as possible.  

After you complete the order form, your Account Manager will prepare and file your documents with the Secretary of States in each state.  

Once certified, you will receive copies of the filing document, or Certificate of Formation, via email and mail — usually on the same day, depending on the state and level of service.

Riverside can also assist with the following items, should you need them: 

Not sure what you need? Our expert Account Managers are standing by, prepared to guide you through the process. Contact Riverside Filings

Order your Corporation now!  

 

EIN or FEDERAL TAX ID Numbers

An EIN (Employer Identification Number), also known as a Federal “Tax ID number”, is a nine-digit identification number issued to an entity by the IRS, much like a Social Security number is to an individual. Most entities doing business in the USA will require an EIN for tax filing, payroll, business bank accounts, and other business purposes. The EIN also helps maintain your entities official standing as a separate legal entity and allows you to establish credit for your business.

Riverside Filings’s experienced Account Managers will efficiently obtain your entity’s EIN for you quickly, often within a few hours. 

Foreign Qualification / Application for Authority: 

An entity is considered Domestic to the state in which it was formed. 

In order for you to conduct business in a state other than where you originally incorporated, you may need to Register or Qualify your business as a Foreign Entity. Riverside Filings can assist you with these filings by preparing, reviewing, and submitting the necessary documents for filing with the Secretary of State.

Qualify your business today! 

Assumed Name / DBA REGISTRATION

An Assumed Name, also known as a DBA (doing business as) Filing allows a business to operate under a name other than its legal corporate name. State and local governments usually require companies to register any alternate names under which they do business. Riverside Filings will help prepare, review, and submit the DBA application to the appropriate government agency.

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