Requirements for a C Corporation in Nevada

By Ari Mushell, J.D.

Requirements for a C Corporation in Nevada

By Ari Mushell, J.D.

The combination of favorable tax treatment, a strong economy, and a one-of-a-kind tourism industry makes Nevada a very attractive place to start a business. Unlike some states, Nevada has no residency requirements or age restrictions. You do not have to live in Nevada to incorporate your business there. Furthermore, Nevada is friendly to young entrepreneurs looking to start a C corporation.

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Choose a Proper Business Name

Nevada law requires that the name of your C corporation be unique from other businesses that have formed in the state. To determine whether your chosen name is unique, you can search the Nevada Secretary of State's free name database.

Note that Nevada has certain naming conventions for C corporations:

  • Nevada does not require C corporations to use “Incorporated" or “Inc." at the ends of their names.
  • If the corporation's name is that of a person or a person's initials, the name must end with “Company," “Corporation," “Incorporated," and “Limited".
  • In Nevada, a designation stating or implying trust, insurance or banking activity must obtain special approval from the banking superintendent or insurance commissioner.

Create Federal and State Tax Identification Numbers

Federal law requires a corporation with employees to file for an employer identification number, or EIN, from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Banks will not provide your C corporation with credit unless it has an EIN. The Nevada Department of Tax requires all corporations to have state tax identification numbers as well.

Create a List of Officers and Director

Every C corporation in Nevada must have officers and directors who meet regularly. You must enlist people to act as officers and directors of your company to incorporate under Nevada law. When filing the articles, submit this list as well.

File for a Business License

Nevada requires all corporations to hold a business license and renew that license annually. Information regarding filing and renewing business licenses is available from the Nevada Secretary of State.

Designate a Registered Agent

Nevada corporations must have a designated Registered Agent. A Registered Agent acts as the agent of the C corporation for receiving legal papers and service of process. The Registered Agent must be a person or entity with a physical address in Nevada or is incorporated in Nevada. A C corporation that has a physical address in Nevada can be its own Registered Agent and will provide the name of a person at the corporation who acts in that capacity.

Draft the Articles of Incorporation

When starting a C corporation, you must draft articles of incorporation. This formation document includes:

  • The name and address of the C corporation
  • The registered agent's name, address, and signature
  • The number of corporate shares
  • Contact information for the members of the board of directors
  • Contact information for the incorporator

Nevada does not require articles of incorporation to include a stated business purpose.

Draft the Corporate Bylaws

While Nevada law does not require a C corporation to have corporate bylaws, it is nonetheless smart business practice to write them. Corporate bylaws contain information about the corporation's hierarchy, succession, dispute resolution, purpose, process for sales of shares, and more. Drafting corporate bylaws at the initial stage of incorporation will save time and prevent headaches down the road.

Nevada is a great place for business. If you are looking to start a business in Nevada, be sure to follow its state laws regarding C corporations so you can operate smoothly and take advantage of Nevada's strong business climate and favorable tax scheme.

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