Start a Business in Connecticut
Starting a business in Connecticut is easy. All you need to do is file a few forms with the Connecticut Secretary of State and start running your business. Below, we show you how to get started and walk you through some of your options.
One option is, of course, to stop reading and just hire us to start your business for you. At Northwest, we form businesses and provide registered agent service throughout the US. That’s our business, and obviously we recommend starting your business in a certain way. We call it “Starting a Business the Right Way."
Starting your business the right way means hiring a registered agent to form your LLC or corporation so you can protect your privacy and receive the care your business needs to stay active. If you hire us to start your Connecticut business, we’ll be your registered agent, provide Privacy by Default®, a business address, mail forwarding and local Corporate Guide® service for life.
How to Start a Business in Connecticut
You file certificate of incorporation for a Connecticut corporation or articles of organization for a Connecticut LLC with the CT Secretary of State.
You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Connecticut showing your approved Connecticut business.
Opening a business banking account under your new Connecticut business name should be easy with these two items.
If you’re going to have employees or need to withhold sales tax, you will probably need to register with the CT Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and Connecticut Department of Labor. We provide all these links in your online account.
If your business trade requires a license, you can learn more using the Connecticut Licensing Info Center. (Most businesses don’t.) But if you do, these quick links and contact details are in your online account.
Some local cities or counties have a general license, but most don’t.
You obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.
If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.
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Connecticut LLC vs Corporation
Traditionally, small business owners prefer LLCs—they have fewer annual requirements, flexible management, and great tax options which make them easier to manage. Corporations typically require more maintenance, but are attractive for large business owners who want to sell stocks to investors. The established, well defined business structure is also appealing.
But, what about Connecticut? Are there benefits for a Connecticut LLC vs a Connecticut corporation?
Overall, Connecticut LLCs are cheaper and easier to maintain than Connecticut corporations. The cost for filing a Certificate of Organization is $120 compared to $250 for a Certificate of Incorporation. Also, if your corporation authorizes more than 20,000 shares, you could end up paying a higher filing fee. Both entities are required to file annual reports; however, LLCs will pay significantly less than corporations—$80 vs $150.
Connecticut corporations also tend to get hit harder during tax season—paying 7.5% of their annual income—plus an additional 10% if earnings exceed $100 million. The rate for personal income will vary, but tops out at 6.99%. Also, keep in mind that corporations are often subject to double taxation.
Whether you start a Connecticut LLC or a Connecticut corporation will really depend on your personal business goals. If you want to attract investors and don’t mind a little higher fees, then a corporation is definitely your best choice. But, if owning a smaller business is more your goal, then you should consider a Connecticut LLC.
If you want a corporation, you file a Connecticut Certificate of Incorporation:
The Connecticut certificate of incorporation costs $250 with the Connecticut Secretary of State. You also have to file an initial report which costs $150 We custom draft your Connecticut certificate of incorporation. A Connecticut corporations articles of incorporation must include:
- The Connecticut Corporation must have a corporate ending such as INC, Incorporated, Corporation or a different variety
- The Connecticut corporation name must be different than already registered Connecticut corporations.
- The number of shares the Connecticut Corporation is authorized to issue
- If the corporation has more than one class of shares, it must designate each class and the number of shares authorized
- The terms, limitations and rights associated with each class of shares
- The name and office address of the registered agent in Connecticut
- The registered agent’s signature accepting the appointment
- The name, address, and signature of each incorporator of the Connecticut Corporation
Connecticut does not require original signatures on new CT corporation filings. The filed articles will be mailed to the filer’s address on the articles.
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If you want a LLC, you file Connecticut Articles of Organization:
- The business name must have a LLC ending or variation of it
- The LLCs name must be different than already registered Connecticut companies.
- The purpose or business of the Connecticut LLC
- Indicate if the LLC is to be managed by managers
- List the name, title, and address of at least one member or manager
- The principal office address of the CT LLC needs to be a physical address. However, you may list a PO box as the LLCs mailing address
- The Connecticut registered agent name and physical address
- The CT registered agent needs to sign the articles to accept the appointment
- The Connecticut organizer must sign and date
Connecticut does not require original signatures on new CT LLC filings. You’ll get the filed articles mailed back to you after the state approves your filing.