Explore our guide for seamless Mississippi business incorporation, covering costs, processing times, and vital steps with the Secretary of State Business Services.
Starting a new business is a rewarding but intimidating time. It’s important to do things right so that you can focus on growing your business. Completing and filing the Articles of Incorporation is a vital step for forming a corporation in Mississippi.
When you complete the Articles of Incorporation, they need to be submitted to the Mississippi Secretary of State Business Services. Once filed, the information provided in the Articles of Incorporation will be public information.
Need some help? Keep reading for a walkthrough on how to complete your Articles of Incorporation.
As either a domestic (in-state) or foreign (out-of-state) corporation, you’ll need to provide your entity information to the Mississippi Secretary of State (SOS) to incorporate your business.
Mississippi only accepts online filing via the Mississippi Corporations Register Filer system. To access the applications or forms, you need to register as a user. You’re asked to provide your name, business address, email, and other personal details. Once you’ve registered and logged in, choose the appropriate option for forming or registering either a domestic or foreign corporation.
The Mississippi SOS office requires the following information:
Domestic corporations in Mississippi aren’t usually required to include any supporting documentation. Foreign corporations are required to include a copy of a Certificate of Good Standing from their home state. These are sometimes known in other states as a Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Fact. Ensure that your copy is recently dated, as many states require a current certificate dated no more than 90 days from submission. If you don’t include a Certificate of Good Standing, expect your application to be rejected.
Mississippi provides online form completion and filing services. Once you fill out the form, the application will give you the opportunity to confirm the accuracy of your filing and to add any additional documents. You can then submit the form electronically and pay online. The portal accepts credit cards or electronic checks.
The state charges different filing fees for domestic and foreign corporations. View all document filing fees on the Mississippi SOS website for more specific information.
After submitting your documents for filing, wait for notification that your submission has either been accepted or returned for revisions. Final processing times may vary according to the time of the year.
After you file, you’ll want to make sure you stay in good standing with the state. Use our Worry Free Compliance service to put your mind at ease and focus on what’s important.
Complete and file the Mississippi Articles of Incorporation as soon as you’re ready so that you can start growing your business. If you’d rather avoid the hassle and uncertainty of completing the Articles of Incorporation yourself, take advantage of ZenBusiness’s business formation plans so that we can handle this for you.
Check the Mississippi Secretary of State website to see the most current information on fees and methods of payment available.
The online filing service checks your application for any errors or mistakes. Once you submit it, your incorporation paperwork should either be processed quickly or returned for corrections. All times are estimates as processing times vary according to the time of year.
The Mississippi Secretary of State Business Services processes Articles of Incorporation.
Title 79 of the Mississippi Code governs Articles of Incorporation.
It’s not necessary to use an attorney to file the Articles of Incorporation. They may, however, offer advice if you need to check what kind of entity best suits your business and tax needs.
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