Famous for Disney World, being bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, and a collection of particularly colorful news headlines, Florida has never been known as a shy state. However, there has long been some dispute about whether Florida can be considered a business friendly state or not.
If you’ve been following our Business Basics series, you’ll know we’ve already covered registered agents, and briefly explained what it is they actually do. However, people still had questions about registered agents, as well as the benefits and pitfalls with choosing a third-party service like registered-agent.com. So we decided to re-visit the topic and dedicate a post to answering some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received. Also, if you haven’t read it already, we recommend first reading our last post on registered agents as it answers the more basic questions.
Nicknamed The Grand Canyon State and infamous for its deserts and national parks, our state of the week in our 50 States of Incorporation series is Arizona. The 48th state to be admitted into the Union with Phoenix as the state capital, Arizona is also the 15th most populous of the 50 states. Companies including US Airways, PetSmart, and Cold Stone Creamery call Arizona home for their headquarters, but as revealed on CNNMoney Arizona also ranks as the most entrepreneurial state in the country, with tech, software, retail and tourism start-ups sprouting up all over the state.
With so many companies staking ground there, what’s the allure of starting a business in Arizona? While forming an incorporation isn’t without its requirements, with the most distinctive one being that all Arizona LLC’s must have a registered agent service, some of the benefits of creating an LLC in Arizona include the following:
Ready to start up your business in 2013? We here at MyCorporation have worked on pulling together a six step guide on how to successfully start up a business. From choosing your company name to selecting your state of incorporation and picking your entity type, we cover all of the basics, ensuring that the start-up process itself is simplified for all entrepreneurs.
It’s a big day over here at MyCorp as we welcome a new addition to the online MyCorporation family!: Registered-Agent.com.
Registered-Agent.com offers small business owners registered agent services in all 50 states. It provides an easy-to-use and affordable registered agent service to help maintain the privacy and protection of your business.
Welcome to our weekly Business Basics post! This week we decided to explore a service that nearly every Corporation and LLC uses – registered agents. If you are thinking about forming an LLC or incorporating your business, you will need to find a registered agent. But what exactly do they do again?
What is a registered agent?
Welcome to our weekly Business Basics post! In case you missed last week’s entry to the series, we are dedicating every Tuesday to helping explain the facets and aspects of starting and running a business that typically get overlooked.
Initial and annual reports (also known in some states as Statements of Information), while not particularly glamorous, keep your business in good standing. Plus if you misfile them, or file them late, your corporation or LLC could be slammed with fees, or even dissolution. Two things that you clearly want to avoid. But what are these reports, and what are they supposed to say?
It’s a question that’s much more commonly asked than you think – are there any benefits to non-U.S. residents filing corporations or LLCs in the United States or is the process so complicated that it’s best to avoid doing it? The answer is the procedure is fairly similar to what residents of the United States experience filing and that yes, there are a series of great benefits that come in doing so.
We often get questioned: “What’s an RA?”
An “RA” is an abbreviation for “registered agent.” It is a mandatory “agent” of the corporation or LLC who is officially designated at the time that incorporation or registration documents are filed in accordance with state requirements. A Registered Agent will act as the representative for accepting Service of Process served upon the company within the jurisdiction of any state where the company conducts business, and will also forward any other official legal and tax correspondence from the state.
Once a business is formed on the state level, most jurisdictions require corporations or Limited Liability Companies to designate a registered agent to receive documentation on behalf of the company. Very simply, a registered agent is an individual or entity upon whom documents relating to the corporation may be served.
To remain in compliance with state law, a Registered Agent must be designated to receive correspondence on behalf of the company. A Registered Agent will typically receive business and legal documents from county, state, and U.S. agencies on behalf of the corporation and/or LLC. These documents include such things as notice of litigation (service of process), franchise tax forms and annual report forms. Continue reading