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Texas Incorporation Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reserve a corporate name?

No, but it is recommended to reserve a name prior to filing to ensure that it remains available during the incorporation process.

How do I reserve a corporate name?

The reservation of your corporate name will be handled by IncParadise and is included in the price of our service.

Do I have to renew my name registration?

No.

How do I incorporate in Texas?

When using our service, IncParadise will file, on your behalf, the required administrative forms and articles of incorporation with the appropriate Texas agency.

Is a registered agent required?

Yes. . The registered agent in Texas must have a business office identical to the registered office and must be either: (1) an individual residing in Texas, or (2) a business entity with authority to transact business in the state. As part of our ongoing service, IncParadise does provide a registered agent service option that you can select during the online registration process.
How many Incorporators are required to form a corporation in Texas?
One or more are required.
How many Directors are required to start a corporation in Texas?
One or more as defined by the by-laws and listed in the articles of incorporation.
Are corporations in Texas required to file an Annual Report?
Yes. A report must be filed with the Texas Comptroller before May 16th each year, except for the year of incorporation.

How many Incorporators are required to form a corporation in Texas?

One or more are required.

How many Directors are required to start a corporation in Texas?

One or more as defined by the by-laws and listed in the articles of incorporation.

Are corporations in Texas required to file an Annual Report?

Yes. A report must be filed with the Texas Comptroller before May 16th each year, except for the year of incorporation.

Do Corps and LLCs file annual reports with Texas?

Corporations and limited liability companies (whether Texas or foreign) do not file annual reports with the SOS. However, corporations and limited liability companies are subject to state franchise taxes and are required to file an annual franchise tax return.

Do you have to be a U.S. citizen or resident to incorporate in Texas?

No. There are no restrictions on who can incorporate or own shares in a corporation except that the incorporator must be at least 18 years old.

Can a person under 18 years old be a director, officer or shareholder?

Yes. No restrictions are placed on who can own shares in or manage a corporation.

Does a corporation have to issue stock?

A business corporation must sell shares of stock in order to capitalize the corporation. This separation provides part of the support for shielding the shareholders from personal liability for the debts and obligations of the corporation. There is no minimum or maximum value that must be assigned. There is no minimum number of shares that must be authorized in the articles of incorporation. It must receive consideration of a value of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for its shares prior to beginning business.

Can one person be the shareholder, director and officers of a corporation?

There must be at least one director in a corporation and two officers. The required officers are a President and a Secretary. One natural person may hold both offices and be the sole director. That one person may also be the sole shareholder. A corporation may not be a director of another corporation.

Do I need to publish a notice before incorporating a business?

Only an existing unincorporated business which intends to incorporate without a change in its name publish its intent to incorporate in the local newspaper for four consecutive weeks.

How much is the franchise tax?

The Franchise tax is calculated by a percent of your capital vs a percent of your income. The higher number is due the state. Forms must be downloaded online and mailed to the state.

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