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How To Reinstate An Iowa Corporation


Reinstate Or Revive An Iowa Corporation:

It is really simple and inexpensive to reinstate an Iowa corporation. If your Iowa corporation was administratively dissolved and you wish to continue your business, file the Iowa Application for Reinstatement with the Iowa Secretary of State, Business Services (SOS). A corporation that has been administratively dissolved may apply for reinstatement at any time after the dissolution.

Iowa SOS requires you to use official forms when they are provided. The application must include any missing biennial reports and payment for delinquent costs and fees. The SOS accepts documents submitted by mail, fax, or hand delivery.  Make checks for fees payable to the Secretary of State.

Secretary of State
Business Services Division
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Phone: (515)281-5204
Fax: (515) 281-7142 or (515) 242-5953

Do I need a tax clearance certificate to reinstate an Iowa corporation?

The Secretary of State will check with the Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development to determine whether the Iowa corporation is in good standing. If the corporation is delinquent, it will not be reinstated until the delinquency is remedied.

How much will it cost to revive an Iowa corporation?

The filing fee for an application to reinstate a business is $5.
It will cost $45 to file each biennial report.

How long does it take the state to process the filing?

Usually processing takes 1-2 days. Currently it is taking about 2-3 days.
If you deliver your documents in person you can ask them to process the filing while you wait.

How long does your Iowa corporation have to be inactive with the state before you wouldn’t have any fees, and would just have to start over with a new Iowa corporation?

An Iowa corporation can reinstate any time after dissolution. There is no time limit. However, you can start over by creating a new Iowa corporation.  Remember that the corporate name is protected for five years after administrative dissolution, so if you start a new business, you can’t use the same name unless it has been five years. One loophole is that if you formally dissolve the administratively dissolved corporation with the SOS, the name becomes available immediately. The filing fee for Articles of Incorporation is $50.

Can you change your Iowa registered agent at the same time on the Iowa reinstatement?

You can’t change your Iowa registered agent as part of reinstatement. There is no place on the reinstatement form to change the Iowa registered agent. If you were dissolved for failure to maintain an Iowa registered agent, you must include a change of agent form and fees when you submit the reinstatement form.

Can you change your principal address at the same time on the Iowa reinstatement form?

The Application for Reinstatement does not give you the option of changing your principal address at the time of reinstatement.

Can you change your officers and directors at the same time on the Iowa reinstatement form?

The Application for Reinstatement does not give you the option of changing your officers or directors at the time of reinstatement.

How many annual reports can you miss before you can’t revive your Iowa Corporation?

An Iowa corporation can reinstate any time after the date of administrative dissolution.



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