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Connecticut requires that corporations file a Connecticut Certificate of Incorporation or COI (called Articles of Incorporation in some states.) This can be a daunting process for business owners. But at ZenBusiness we’ve got you covered. We’ll walk you through this part of incorporation and show you how to submit the form to the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s office. You’re encouraged to check out ZenBusiness’s How to Form a Connecticut Corporation for a broader context.
A COI in Connecticut, like Articles of Incorporation in other states, presents the facts about the company. It forms the foundation for declaring and establishing your business with the Secretary of the State (SOS). The certificate enables your business to do business as a corporation. We’ll focus on for-profit corporations.
There’s a fee to register a corporation in Connecticut; check the SOS website for the current amount. This fee includes franchise tax of up to 20,000 shares. Checks should be made payable to “Secretary of the State.”
Refer to the Connecticut Business Corporation Act, Chapter 601, Section 33-636.
A Certificate of Incorporation can be filed:
Business Services Division, Connecticut Secretary of the State
P.O. Box 150470
Hartford, CT 06115-0470
The form is the same for both domestic (in-state) and foreign (out-of-state) companies. All entries on the COI are public information.
In the upper left-hand corner is a box requesting the name and address of the person filling out the form. This is where the confirmation of certification will be sent after approval.
Once you’ve submitted your forms, it’s a good idea to make sure your corporation maintains good standing. This means keeping track of important filing dates, renewing licenses and permits, and filing your annual report. To take some of the stress out of running your corporation, let ZenBusiness help with our Worry-Free Compliance service.
An Organization and First Report form must be filed within 90 days of filing the COI. Out-of-state businesses must file an Application for Certificate of Authority in Connecticut with its Certification of Incorporation form. There’s an additional fee for this.
This article has described the process of incorporation in the state of Connecticut. ZenBusiness can complete the Certificate of Incorporation and file it for you with our business formation plans.
For the most current fees and methods of payment available, check with the Connecticut Secretary of State website. If there are more than 20,000 shares authorized, a franchise tax will be levied.
Once filed with the SOS’s office, notification of acceptance or refusal is typically sent out after about five days. Refer to the Connecticut Business Corporation Act, Chapter 601, statute 33-608.
The office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State processes the COI.
For-profit and not-for-profit corporations, professional corporations, and benefit corporations.
The Connecticut Business Corporation Act, Chapter 601, Sections 33-600 to 33-998.
There are many other considerations to take into account when forming a corporation. For this reason, we recommend that an attorney and/or other competent advisor be consulted.
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