Tel: (559) 324-2060

STEP:

Plan

Determine your Business Structure

Of all the choices you make when starting a business, one of the most important is the type of legal structure you select for your company. Not only will this decision have an impact on how much you pay in taxes, it will affect the amount of paperwork your business is required to do, the personal liability you face and your ability to raise money.

Not sure what’s best for you? This might help

If you want to establish your business as a corporation you must contact the Corporation Division of the California Secretary of State’s Office. This office will supply you with all the information and forms you need. In addition, the Name Availability Unit can assist you in determining corporate name availability. For more information, contact the State of California Secretary of State’s Office, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 653-6814.