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Free guide to forming an Alabama corporation

What you need to start an Alabama corporation:

Things to know before incorporating in Alabama:

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Step 1: Reserve your name

Alabama is unique in that it is the only state where you must reserve your name prior to filing your Articles of Incorporation. The fee to reserve your corporation’s name is $28. You can reserve your business’ name on the Secretary of State’s website. Start by doing a free business name search.

Step 2: File the articles of incorporation

You will need to include the following:

Step 3: Adopt your corporate bylaws

Corporate bylaws are the document that governs how the corporation operates. They do not need to be filed or sent anywhere, but at your first board of directors meeting, one of the first items on the agenda should be to adopt the bylaws. You can draft your own or use our free bylaws template.

Step 4: Obtain an EIN

Once you’ve received your Certificate of Formation from the Secretary of State, your Alabama LLC has technically been formed—but there are a couple things you need to do to make sure it remains active in its first year. First, you need to get an EIN.

Employer Identification Numbers (EINs or FEINs) are like Social Security Numbers for businesses. Once your LLC has been formed with the State, you’ll need to contact the IRS and apply for your EIN. You can apply on the IRS website and receive your number instantly, or you can file form SS-4 to get an EIN for your LLC.

Step 5: Pay your taxes

All new Alabama businesses need to file and pay their Initial Business Privilege Tax within 2.5 months of their formation date. The tax is a minimum of $100. It’s a simple form, but you’ll need your EIN to complete it.

Step 6: Run your business

With your Alabama LLC now up and running, you need to focus on running your business. To do so, you’ll likely need to do things like open a bank account in your LLC’s name, obtain city and county licenses, or receive zoning approval from your city. To learn how to do these things and more, visit our starting an Alabama business page for more information.

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