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Pennsylvania 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, domestic corporations are not required to renew annually. However, foreign corporations are required to file annually.

How do I incorporate in Pennsylvania?

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

Also note the company must publish either the intent to file or the actual filing of the Articles of Incorporation in two newspapers of general circulation, one a legal journal, if possible. Proofs of the advertising are not required to be sent to the Corporation Bureau but should be filed with the minutes of the corporation. The advertisements must contain the name of the proposed corporation and a statement that the corporation is to be or has been organized under the provisions of the BCL of 1988.

Is a registered agent required?

Yes. Pennsylvania requires a registered office be maintained in the state. The registered office can be the place of business. 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 Pennsylvania?

One or more are required.

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

One or more as defined in the bylaws.

Are corporations in Pennsylvania required to file an Annual Report?

Yes. A report must be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue each year.

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