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Filenow’s team of experts can help you in starting a business in California as well as help obtain all certificates necessary to operate your company legally in the State of California, including Registered Agent & Foreign Qualification services.
Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a business structure which combines many benefits of a sole proprietorship or partnership with the limited liability of a corporation.
Corporation is an entity for companies with complex operations, numerous shareholders, or businesses planning to sell stock on the public stock exchanges.
California S Corporation
S corporation is an entity that provides owners with limited liability while also allowing the shareholders to pass company income through their personal tax returns.
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Filing Times and State Fees in California
This table includes California fees and approximate filing times* for most common company forms and applications for starting a business in California to obtain correct filing status. in the state.
|Service||Filing Times||State Fee|
|Form LLC||5+ Days||$75|
|Form Corporation||10-30 Days||$105|
|Form S Corporation||10-30 Days||$105|
|Application for Authority||10-30 Days||$75-105|
|Certificate of Good Standing||10-30 Days||$25|
|Certificate of Assumed Name (DBA)||10-30 Days||$56+|
|Reservation of Name||10-30 Days||$10|
Business Name Restrictions in California
All business entities registered in the State of California must adhere to rules and regulations set forth by the Department of State. Amongst many such requirements, it is important to keep in mind the following two rules for your business.
You CANNOT register…
- Company name that is same or deceptively similar to existing California entity.
- Company name that is likely to mislead the public.
Additionally, certain words are explicitly prohibited for use by a Limited Liability Company:
- insurance company
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