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How to Issue Corporate Stock

To issue stock in a corporation, you can use a simple bill of sale. Stock is issued to fund the corporation—in the Articles of Incorporation, the corporation sets the number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue. The corporation then decides how many shares of stock it will initially issue. We offer a free bill of sale template for issuing stock.


Issued Stock – Free Bill of Sale Template

Please enjoy our corporate issued stock bill of sale template. The bill of sale template is designed to be simple to fill out and understand. Like all of our forms, this document is intended for individual use.

Need corporate stock certificates to present to individual shareholders? We have free templates for stock certificates as well:

How does a corporation issue stock?

Issuing stock isn’t much different from drawing up a contract for any kind of sale. In some sort of written document—it could be a bill of sale or stock certificate—the issuer establishes a price for each share and documents the amount of shares being bought, along with the name of the shareholder and the corporation. A director or officer approves the sale with a signature. If the director or officer is also the shareholder, it would be ideal to have the document signed by a witness.

So why use a bill of sale instead of simply a stock certificate? Stock certificates are formal (and pretty), but a bill of sale has more room for details. This is especially useful if the corporation isn’t being funded solely with cash. If a shareholder wants to fund the corporation with assets (like business vehicles or personal tools needed to work in the business), this can easily be addressed on a bill of sale. Also, there’s no reason you can’t have both a bill of sale and fancy stock certificates.

What should a bill of sale for issued stock include?

A bill of sale isn’t a particularly complicated document. However, there are certain details that are crucial to include. Our free bill of sale for issued shares of corporate stock includes the following essential information:

  • The name of the shareholder

  • The number of shares being purchased

  • The price per share

  • The name of the corporation

  • The total investment value

  • Any assets and their value (if being used to purchase shares)

  • Shareholder name and signature

  • Director or officer name and signature

  • Witness signature (if director/officer is also the shareholder)

  • Dates of all signatures

Our free forms are great, but we can do a lot more. We offer registered agent service in every state for $125 a year. You can hire us for annual report compliance on behalf of your corporation. We also form corporations for $100 plus state fees.

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