Incorporate in Indiana
How to Form an Indiana Corporation
To incorporate in Indiana, Articles of Incorporation must be submitted to Indiana’s Secretary of State. You’ll also need to get an EIN and hold an organizational meeting. Many corporations will also want to open a bank account. Your corporation may also need to register with state departments.
To incorporate in Indiana, most businesses do the following:
- Form and file your Indiana Articles of Incorporation
- Pay the filing fee: $98 online, $100 by mail
- Apply for a federal tax ID (EIN)
- Hold your organizational meeting and create bylaws
- Open a bank account for your Indiana corporation
- Register at Indiana’s Department of Revenue
- Register at Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development
For just $247—including state filing fees—Indiana Registered Agent LLC provides comprehensive formation services for your Indiana corporation. We’ll create and submit your formation paperwork, give you a year of expert registered agent service, and provide you with custom documents, such as bylaws and initial resolutions. Let us incorporate your business today!
What Do I Include in Indiana Articles of Incorporation?
Indiana Articles of Incorporation will ask you for your company’s name and office address, registered agent information, authorized shares, and incorporators.
Name and Principal Office
Your Indiana corporation’s name must include one of the following words or its abbreviation: Corporation, Incorporated, Company or Limited.
Your corporation’s name can’t suggest your business does something that it doesn’t, and you can’t use a name that’s already in use in Indiana by another entity. See if your desired name is available on the Secretary of States’ Public Business Search site.
Your principal office is your main office—the place where the corporation’s books and records are kept and where executive offices are usually located. Your principal office isn’t required to be in Indiana.
Indiana Registered Agent Information
Indiana Statute §IC 23-0.5-4-1 requires all domestic business entities to maintain a registered agent with a physical and mailing address in Indiana.
An Indiana registered agent is essential not just because Indiana law demands it—a registered agent protects your corporation by ensuring you never miss a legal document, service of process, or official notification. The state won’t take pity on you if you miss a filing deadline or a summons.
Let us provide our expert registered agent service to your corporation for only $49 a year.
When you authorize shares, you are creating the shares for your corporation. You can issue some or all of these shares later on at your organizational meeting. You have to authorize at least one share.
Incorporators are the people who prepare and sign the Articles of Incorporation and deliver it to Indiana’s Secretary of State for filing. Incorporators don’t need to be shareholders, directors, officers, or anyone with ownership interest. You don’t need multiple incorporators.
We will serve as your incorporator when you sign up for our formation services.
How Do I Submit Indiana Articles of Incorporation?
You can submit your Indiana Articles of Incorporation online or by mail. At Indiana Registered Agent LLC, our formation services include creating and submitting your Articles of Incorporation.
- Create an Account:
Visit the INBiz website, and provide an email address. After verifying your email, you create a password and provide your name and phone number.
- Log In and Complete the Articles of Incorporation:
Once logged in, you’ll have a variety of options. Choose “Start a New Business” and follow the directions. You’ll complete the Articles of Incorporation, which you can review and sign electronically.
- Pay Your Filing Fee:
The filing fee is $95 (plus a $3 service fee), payable by credit card. Standard processing time is 24 hours.
The paper form is available on the Indiana Secretary of State website. Mail your Indiana Articles of Incorporation, along with a check or money order for $100, to the Secretary of State Business Services Division. Standard processing time is 5-7 days.
Our Indiana Incorporation Services
You should never have to worry about what you’ll pay or what services you’ll get. Our formation services provide everything you need with speed and transparency.
We Give You What You Need
What do you really need to incorporate? You’ll need Indiana Articles of Incorporation (which we form and file), a registered agent (which we provide), and internal documents like resolutions and bylaws (we give you all these custom documents too). Incorporating businesses is something we do daily—we know exactly what you need, and we make sure you have it all.
After a few simple questions, we create and file your incorporation paperwork. Processing is only one day.
We Value Your Privacy
We never sell your information, and we help you keep business security by listing our address (not yours) on public documents like Articles of Incorporation.
We Don’t Hide Our Prices
Other formation services may lure you in with the promise of a low price—only to upsell you with services they should have included in the first place.
We tell you exactly what we offer and how much we charge.
What We Offer:
- 1-Day Processing
- Local Filers in Chesterton, IN
- FREE Indiana Corporate Bylaws
- FREE Initial Resolutions
- FREE Electronic Delivery of Your Documents
- FREE Pre-Filled Forms in Your Account
- Instant Access to Services Through Our Secure Online Portal
- Expert Customer Service Support (Never an Automated Operator!)
- One Year Registered Agent Service (Renewal at the Same Low Price!)
What We Charge:
Indiana Formation Service
One Year Registered Agent Service
State Filing Fees
From registered agent service to the documents you’ll need to open a corporate bank account, we’ve got you covered. Incorporate without the worry—our total formation package has everything you need.
After Incorporation in Indiana
Incorporation is the first step to launching your Indiana corporation, but you’ll also need to contact a few more departments and agencies for your new business.
Does my Indiana Corporation Need an EIN?
Yes—all corporations must file taxes with the IRS, so they are required to obtain a federal tax identification number (commonly called an Employer Identification Number or EIN). You can apply for an EIN from the IRS.
What is an Organizational Meeting?
Per Indiana Statute §IC 23-1-21-5, an organizational meeting should be held after incorporation. This organizational meeting is the first official meeting of your corporation. At this meeting, your corporation can issue stock, elect directors, appoint officers and adopt bylaws.
With our formation services package, we include a set of custom Indiana corporate bylaws.
Does my organizational meeting have to be in Indiana?
No, your meeting doesn’t have to take place in Indiana.
How Do I Register with Indiana’s Department of Revenue?
You can create an INTax account. INTax is the Department of Revenue’s online tax management system. A variety of state-level tax responsibilities, from fuel taxes to withholding, can be managed using this system.
Should I Register with Indiana’s DWD?
Corporations with employees will need to contact the Department of Workforce Development, Through their website, you can submit payroll reports, manage unemployment insurance and more.
Does Indiana Require an Annual Report?
Indiana requires reports, but not an annual report. In Indiana, corporations file a Business Entity Report every two years.
What is an Indiana Business Entity Report?
A Business Entity Report is an update of your company’s ownership and contact information for Indiana’s Secretary of State.
When is my report due?
The report is required every two years, due the same month of your incorporation. So, if you incorporated in May 2017, your first report will be due in May 2019.
What is the filing fee for the Business Entity Report?
The filing fee is $30 by mail or $22.40 online.
Advantages of an Indiana Corporation
Corporations offer one of the most stable yet financially financially flexible business structures.
- Financial Flexibility
Corporations have some financial freedoms that are limited in other business structures. For example, corporations can reinvest profits in their business. Other business structures, like LLCs, require that profits be distributed to members, who then pay taxes on these profits. Reinvesting profits can avoid an extra tax hit while helping your corporation grow. Corporations also have the benefit of authorizing and issuing stock, which they can sell to quickly raise capital.
The management style and the formalities that make a corporation a bit more complex to manage also serve to make it more stable. The tiered management system—with a board of directors, officers, and shareholders—provide good structure, especially for large businesses. Additionally, formal procedures, like annual meetings and meeting minutes, help support the complexities of a large or involved business.
Peace of Mind
Rest easy with our formation services. Our package will take care of your Indiana Articles of Incorporation, and provide you with the registered agent service and custom documents you need to get your corporation started today.