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How to Form a Corporation in Connecticut

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  • Crucial steps to forming a corporation in Connecticut
  • For those starting a new corporation
  • Setting up bylaws and directors, issuing stock, and more

If you have chosen to form a corporation in Connecticut (rather than a partnership or other simpler structure) you’ll want to make sure you follow the necessary steps. Here are some of the essential tasks you’ll need to complete.

Choose a name

Make sure the name of your company is available. The Connecticut Secretary of State has a free tool to assist you.

Register the company

The company should be registered with the Connecticut Secretary of State; an index of forms is listed here. You’ll also want to file with both the Internal Revenue Service and the state’s Department of Revenue Services.

Get a registered agent

Connecticut requires corporations to appoint a registered agent who can accept legal papers on behalf of the company. An agent must meet certain requirements set by the Connecticut Secretary of State.

Establish corporate governance

Your corporation should have a structure in place to govern the company. Take steps such as establishing a records book to document meetings, creating corporate bylaws, setting up a board of directors, and issuing stock.

Ensure compliance

Make sure you have all the necessary licenses and permits for your business. Register with the Connecticut Department of Labor if you plan to hire employees. Businesses must also be prepared to file an annual report with the Connecticut Secretary of State.

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