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Register a company in California

LLC or Corporation (C-Corp & S-Corp) Formation

California is the 31st of the United States of America. The East of the state is the state of Nevada and Arizona, the West is the Pacific Ocean, the North is the state of Oregon, and the South is the Mexican state of Baja California.

Thus, is sought after by worldwide businesses but not many businesses are able to enter this lucrative market due to the complication of different regulations among different states of the USA; and the procedures to enter the US market.

The economy of California is the largest of any states in the United States, contributing $3.2 trillion gross state product in 2019. California would be the 5th largest economy in the world if the state stands alone as a country.

The economy of California is varied with many sectors from finance, business services, to government and manufacturing. Most of the economic activity is concentrated in coastal cities such as Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. These cities act as significant trade hubs to and from the United States.

California, USA Offshore Company Registration

Benefits of offshore company formation in California, USA

  • Tax Flexibility
  • Capital Gains Exemption
  • Small Business Tax
  • Transparency& Accountability Enforcement
  • Providing Anonymity To The Owner

Offshore company formation in California: LLC or Corporation (C-Corp & S-Corp)

  Limited Liability Company (LLC) Corporation (C- Corp and S-Corp)
Corporate Tax Rate

The corporations need to file a Statement of Information annually during the first 6 month period ending on the last day of the anniversary month of the incorporation.

The Annual Franchise Tax is US$ 800 for minimum and the due date will be 15th of the third month after the close of the year. However, the LLC companies are exempt from this tax for the first year.

Federal tax identification number (EIN): If the company has employees, EIN is required. Moreover, it is necessary to open a business bank account in California.

Company Name

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its certificate of formation: Shall contain the words "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or the designation "LLC".

May contain the name of a member or manager.

The name of company formation in California must end with “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Company,” or an abbreviation of like import from other languages.

If the business owner wants to use the words “Bank,” “Banc,” “Trust” or “Trustee,” he should have approval from the Superintendent of Bank.

Board of Directors

At least one person for a manager/member for LLC.

California does not require a minimum age or residency for managers/members.

Need to state the number of managers that will constitute the corporation’s board of directors to the government.

A corporation must have at least three directors, unless there are less than three shareholders. In that case, the number of directors may be equal to or greater than the number of shareholders

Other requirement

California LLCs are required to appoint a registered agent (called an “agent for service of process” in California) to accept legal mail on behalf of your business. The business owner will need to have his registered agent’s information ready to go before he completes his formation documents.

A California registered agent must:

  • Have a physical street address
  • Keep regular office hours
  • Agree to accept (and forward!) legal mail on your behalf.

Officers: The Articles of Incorporation does not record names and addresses.

Stock: the information about authorized shares and the number of shares or par value will be listed in the Certificate of Incorporation

Registered Agent: The LLC must have a physical address in California to receive legal and tax documents for the business.

How to Start a Business in California, USA: 4 Easy Steps

Preparation

1. Preparation

Offshore Company Corp will consult you on the suitable type of company with three proposed names that matches your business activity and needs

Filling

2. Filling

All documents requirements about information of the Manager, Member(s), and the share ratio.

Payment

3. Payment

Several payment methods are available to the client:

  • Credit/Debit card (Amex, Mastercard, Visa)
  • PayPal
  • Wire transfer
Delivery

4. Delivery

After the application process is completed and successful, we will send you the notification of the result via email. Furthermore, the physical copy of the company kit will also be sent to your provided address via postal mail (DHL/ TNT/ FedEx).

Cost of incorporating in California, USA

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US$ 690 Service Fees
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Limited Liability Company (LLC) From US$ 690
Corporation (C- Corp and S-Corp) From US$ 790

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Set Up Company in California (USA) with the main characteristics

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

General Information
Type of Business Entity Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Corporate Income Tax 8.84%
British Based Legal System No
Double Tax Treaty Access No
Incorporation Time Frame (Approx., days) 2 - 3 working days
Corporate Requirements
Minimum Number of Shareholders 1
Minimum Number of Directors 1
Corporate Directors Permitted Yes
Standard Authorized Capital/Shares N/A
Local Requirements
Registered Office/ Registered Agent Yes
Company Secretary Yes
Local Meetings No
Local Directors / Shareholders No
Publicly Accessible Records Yes
Annual Requirements
Annual Return Yes
Audited Accounts Yes
Incorporation Fees
Our Service Fee (1st year) US$ 690.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 450.00
Annual Renewal Fees
Our Service Fee (year 2+) US$ 590.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 450.00

Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)

General Information
Type of Business Entity Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)
Corporate Income Tax 8.84%
British Based Legal System No
Double Tax Treaty Access No
Incorporation Time Frame (Approx., days) 2 - 3 working days
Corporate Requirements
Minimum Number of Shareholders 1
Minimum Number of Directors 1
Corporate Directors Permitted Yes
Standard Authorized Capital/Shares N/A
Local Requirements
Registered Office/ Registered Agent Yes
Company Secretary Yes
Local Meetings No
Local Directors / Shareholders No
Publicly Accessible Records Yes
Annual Requirements
Annual Return Yes
Audited Accounts Yes
Incorporation Fees
Our Service Fee (1st year) US$ 790.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 550.00
Annual Renewal Fees
Our Service Fee (year 2+) US$ 690.00
Government fee & Service charged US$ 550.00

Scope of Services

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

1. Company Formation Service Fee

Services and Documents Provided Status
Agent Fee Yes
Name Check Yes
Preparation of Articles Yes
Same-day Electronic Filing Yes
Certificate of Formation Yes
Digital Copy of Documents Yes
Digital Corporate Seal Yes
Lifetime Customer Support Yes
One Complete Year (12 Full Months) of California Registered Agent Service Yes

2. Government Fee

Certificate of Incorporation Status
Submission of all documents to the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and attending to any clarifications on the structure and applications required. Yes
Submission of application to the Registrar of Companies Yes

To incorporate a California company, the clients is required to pay the Government Fee, US$ 450, including

  • Government Filling cost: US$ 90
  • Registered Agent Fee for 1 year: US$ 360

Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)

1. Company Formation Service Fee

Services and Documents Provided Status
Agent Fee Yes
Name Check Yes
Preparation of Articles Yes
Same-day Electronic Filing Yes
Certificate of Formation Yes
Digital Copy of Documents Yes
Digital Corporate Seal Yes
Lifetime Customer Support Yes
One Complete Year (12 Full Months) of California Registered Agent Service Yes

2. Government Fee

Certificate of Incorporation Status
Submission of all documents to the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and attending to any clarifications on the structure and applications required. Yes
Submission of application to the Registrar of Companies Yes

To incorporate a California company, the clients is required to pay the Government Fee, US$ 550, including

  • Government Filling cost: US$ 90
  • Registered Agent Fee for 1 year: US$ 460

Download forms - Set Up Company in California (USA)

1. Application Formation Form

Description QR Code Download
Application for Limited Company
PDF | 1.91 MB | Updated time: 14 Mar, 2020, 10:45 (UTC+08:00)

Application form for Limited Company processing

Application for Limited Company Download
Application Formation Form LLP LLC
PDF | 1.80 MB | Updated time: 03 Jan, 2020, 12:24 (UTC+08:00)

Application Formation Form LLP LLC

Application Formation Form LLP LLC Download

2. Business Plan Form

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Business Plan Form
PDF | 1,015.78 kB | Updated time: 04 Jan, 2020, 11:16 (UTC+08:00)

Business Plan Form for Company Incorporation

Business Plan Form Download

3. Information Update Form

Description QR Code Download
Information Update Form
PDF | 5.52 MB | Updated time: 06 Jan, 2020, 11:48 (UTC+08:00)

Information Update Form for completing the Registry’s statutory requirements

Information Update Form Download

4. Rate card

Description QR Code Download
California (C-Corp or S-Corp) Rate card
PDF | 459.34 kB | Updated time: 31 Dec, 2020, 11:33 (UTC+08:00)

Basic Features and Standard Price for California (C-Corp or S-Corp)

California (C-Corp or S-Corp) Rate card Download
California LLC Rate card
PDF | 455.71 kB | Updated time: 31 Dec, 2020, 11:33 (UTC+08:00)

Basic Features and Standard Price for California LLC

California LLC Rate card Download

5. Sample Documents

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