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How to form a corporation in Idaho

Forming a corporation provides liability protection for any type of business, and should be among the first steps you take as a new business owner. Starting a corporation can help you protect your personal assets while adding legitimacy to your company. Follow our step by step guide or let us handle the paperwork on your behalf, ensuring your business is filed quickly and accurately.

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Why start your business in Idaho?

According to research from WalletHub, Idaho ranks as the 11th best state in the country to do business. Businesses and entrepreneurs that want to form a corporation in Idaho receive plenty of benefits. Some of these include business regulations like ease in licensing programs and employment laws that make the Gem State ideal for starting a corporation.

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Secretary Of State Details

Idaho Secretary of State
450 N. 4th Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone:(208) 334-2301
Website: sos.idaho.gov

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The first step will be to decide on a name for your business. Choose a name that is memorable and unique, easy to understand and pronounce, and accurately represents your business. You'll want to search your name choices on the web to quickly find out if they are already taken. It's also best to jot down one or two alternatives, in case the name you settle on is not available for registration in Idaho.

There are a few rules that Idaho corporations must follow in order to register a name.

  1. The name you choose must be unique and not "confusingly similar" to the name of any other Idaho business. This is to prevent fraud or misrepresentation and is a common rule in all 50 states. You can find out whether a name is available in Idaho by using their business name search tool. This allows you to search for business names in Idaho that start with or contain certain words. You may also search by registered agent and active entities. Be sure to check variations or alternate spellings as well, otherwise your filing may be rejected. In a pinch, you can use MyCorporation's business name search service, where we will conduct a more thorough search on your behalf and report back our findings. Plus, MyCorporation includes a business name search for free when we complete your corporation filings on your behalf!
  2. Your business name must include the words "Corporation," or its abbreviations "Corp." or "Inc." You can learn more about how to choose a business name and other important statutory information through the Idaho Secretary of State.
Tip: A business name check is included with every one of our business formation packages. We check with the state to determine the availability of your business name automatically. You can also conduct a nationwide business name search here.

Most states require that you designate a registered agent for your business, and Idaho is no exception. A registered agent acts as the state's means to communicate with a business and is responsible for receiving legal and official documents related to the business and is responsible for receiving legal and official documents related to the business. .

In the state of Idaho, it is required that all business entities filed in the state maintain a registered agent. This registered agent may be an individual or entity that receives official and legal documents on behalf of the business. They must be an Idaho resident, have an Idaho street address, and be available at the given address during normal business hours to accept service of process. A P.O. Box is not accepted as a registered agent address. A member of the LLC can act as the registered agent if desired, or you may also use a third-party registered agent service like MyCorporation.

Why designate a third party to act as my registered agent?

It should be noted that registered agent information is made publicly available. This can cause privacy concerns for business owners who do not wish to list their personal contact information on the internet for everyone to see. It is also common for the registered agent to become a target of spam or robocalls since this private information is relatively easy to obtain.

Another issue that may arise is that in the case of a lawsuit, these documents would be hand delivered directly to the registered agent, and in the case that you used your business location for this purpose, this could occur in front of your customers. This is why many business owners opt for a third-party registered agent service such as MyCorporation to act as a registered agent on behalf of their business.

For a full list of registered agents in Idaho Opens in a new window, please visit the Idaho Division of Corporations.

Tip: Our Deluxe and Premium formation packages include a full year of registered agent services for your business. We also offer standalone registered agent services which you can add to your business later.

In order to form a Idaho Corporation, particularly one that issues stock, you must complete and file a Articles of Incorporation to form a corporation. This document includes basic information about the Idaho corporation such as:

  • The name of the corporation.
  • Number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue
  • Registered agent name and address
  • Incorporator name and address
  • Mailing address of the corporation
  • Optional articles (i.e. director names and addresses)
  • Print name and signature of at least one incorporator
  • Contact information including phone number and email address

Remember to check off the box at the top of the Articles of Incorporation page as to whether your corporation is a benefit corporation or not.

A filing fee of $100 plus $20 for manual processing is required, totaling $120 for Articles of Incorporation. Make checks payable to Idaho Secretary of State. If expedited service is requested, add $40 to the filing fee. If same day service is requested, add $10 to the filing fee. Mail or deliver to the Office of the Secretary of State 450 N 4th Street PO Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0080.

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Corporate bylaws are a detailed set of rules agreed upon and adopted by the board of directors after a corporation is formed, that specify the internal management structure of the corporation. They are typically drafted by the corporation's founder or directors. Corporate bylaws are not submitted to the state.

The state of Idaho does not require a corporation to create bylaws upon approval of the Certificate of Incorporation, but it is strongly recommended. Bylaws allow a business to maintain consistency in the way it operates and communicate organizational rules to help avoid conflicts and disputes. They cover how directors are elected, meetings are organized, and officer roster and summary of duties. In addition to management, bylaws specify details about ownership rights, annual meetings, and the addition or removal of officers and directors.

If you are not sure how to create corporate bylaws, you can purchase MyCorporation's customized Minutes and Bylaws Package. This kit provides you with the internal documents required to fulfill your corporate formalities and properly operate your business after incorporating.

The board of directors of a corporation are normally elected by the shareholders. However, for a new business, the incorporator (the person who signed the Certificate of incorporation) will often designate the initial directors if there are no initial directors named in the certificate of incorporation. This is done by creating the "Statement of Incorporator" which will list the names and addresses of the initial directors of the business.

The statement of incorporator is then signed by all of the incorporators, which passes all elements of control over to the initial directors. This is filed not with the state, but in a corporate minute book of the incorporation. It is kept as part of the corporate record.

The first meeting of the board of directors is an important time in the life cycle of a corporation. During this meeting, the initial directors of the business will adopt the corporate bylaws, set the fiscal year, and appoint corporate officers. It is also common to authorize the issuance of shares of stock to the founders of your company, usually in exchange for assets.

This meeting, and all future meetings of the board of directors, must be recorded in corporate minutes. Minutes are documents that detail what was discussed and any decisions the business makes during meetings. They are stored with the corporate records.

Corporate minutes are required for all Idaho corporations by law. Falling behind on keeping and maintain minutes can jeopardize the corporation's liability protection and overall tax advantages. It is important to maintain updated corporate minutes and keep copies of all the signed and approved minutes or actions by unanimous consent from any special or annual meetings of the corporation's shareholders and directors.

Stock is a representation of ownership in your corporation. When your shareholders purchase stock, they are buying a small piece of your business. Although it's not legally required, it is common that most corporations will issue paper stock certificates to their shareholders.

In a private company (not publicly traded on the stock market), you can set the value to each stock however you see fit in your corporate bylaws. For example, one share could be worth $10 or $10,000, either would be completely acceptable. If you have additional questions, you may contact the Idaho Division of Corporations Opens in a new window to learn more.

Tip: MyCorporation can help you issue stock certificates for your business, allowing you to raise money by way of outside investment.

Information on industry-specific and occupation-specific licenses, permits, and regulations may be found in the Idaho Secretary of State Business Wizard. Use this portal to determine which licenses and permits your Idaho business may need to file for and obtain

In the event that you need a bit of help, you may also turn to MyCorporation's business license compliance package. Our skilled professionals will do the work for you. We identify all of the licenses required by your business and provide you with the information you need in order to file.

An EIN (also referred to as a Federal Tax ID) is a nine-digit number that is issued by the IRS and used to uniquely identify your business for tax purposes. Think of it as a Social Security Number (SSN) for your business, except an EIN is less sensitive. It is important to wait until the LLC has been approved by the state before applying for an EIN. For that reason, filing for an EIN is one of the last things to do when you are setting up a business.

  • Open business checking, savings, or investment accounts
  • File taxes for the business
  • Complete payroll for employees if applicable
  • Obtain lines of credit and credit cards, as well as "build credit" for your business
  • Apply for applicable business licenses when required.

You will only need a few pieces of information to file including your mailing address and legal business name. You can apply online Opens in a new window with the IRS by downloading IRS Form SS-4 (PDF)(116 KB)Opens in a new window, or work alongside a third party organization like MyCorporation to complete an EIN application.

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Frequently asked questions

In Idaho, a Professional Corporation (PC) is formed in order to provide professional services within a single profession. Generally, this may include the following professions:

  • Accounting
  • Acupuncture
  • Architecture
  • Chiropractic
  • Clinical social work
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Marriage, family, and child counseling
  • Medicine
  • Speech-language pathology and audiology
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistants
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Shorthand court reporters

A professional corporation provides the same benefits of a standard Corporation, with the additional formation requirement of proving the business has an effective certificate of registration issued by the governmental agency regulating their profession. Professional corporations are also governed by the agency responsible for overseeing the profession they engage in, and may have rules or limitations on the choice of name or ownership requirements.

In order to keep your corporation in good standing, there are certain reoccurring requirements that must be met.

  • All corporations must file an Annual Statement with the Department of State each year.
  • Profitable Idaho corporations must submit and pay required annual tax returns, and pay out estimated corporation taxes.
  • Corporations must hold an annual meeting of the directors logged with corporate minutes.
  • Corporations must hold an annual meeting of the shareholders.

In order to form a for-profit corporation in Idaho, you will be required to pay various fees for services. The breakdown of the required fees for a domestic corporation are as follows:

  • Articles of Incorporation Filing Fee - $120 (add $40 for expedited filing, add $10 for same day service)
  • Annual Report Fee - $110

In total, expect to set aside at least $280 to form a corporation in Idaho.

According to the Idaho Secretary of State, foreign entities that wish to transact business in Idaho must first obtain a foreign registration statement. The filing fee is $100 plus $20 for manual processing. Checks must be made payable to the Idaho Secretary of State. The foreign registration statement application must be accompanied by a certificate of existence or certificate of good standing dated within 90 days from the date of filing with this office.

According to the Idaho Secretary of State, corporation processing times usually take up to 2-3 business days or 4-6 weeks for standard filings. All orders are processed in the order they are received.

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