Selecting the Georgia Corporation or LLC Name

When selecting a name for your new Georgia corporation, it should be remembered that the name will be unique and will identify you as a separate entity transacting business in the state. The name of a corporation must end with “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Corp” or “Inc.”. When developing a name for a limited liability company it must end with “Limited Liability Company” or “LLC”.

Since the name will be identifying your corporation or LLC as a unique entity, the name will not be accepted if it is likely to mislead the public or if it too closely resembles the name of another corporation or LLC formed in Georgia.

Per guidelines, you may not use any type of punctuation such as dashes, periods or commas in name selection of your corporation or LLC business.

Selecting a Board of Directors

A corporation can have several members as directors but is only required to have one. Since the board is responsible for managing the corporation, it is suggested that the board be comprised of individuals that are officers or shareholders who have some type of daily involvement with the corporation. Members of the board of directors must be at least 18.

Georgia Taxes

Corporations are expected to file the Georgia Corporation Income Tax return, Form GA 600 or Form GA 600S annually, whether a “C” or “S” corporation.. The amount of tax is dependent on a number of factors and there is no minimum amount due.

A Limited Liability Company within Georgia is required to file as either a corporation or a partnership dependent on the election made on the SS-4. Georgia maintains an individual income tax so employers are expected to withhold state income tax and unemployment tax. Georgia maintains a sales and use tax with the rates ranging from 5% to 7% depending on the county.

Registered Agent

The registered agent must have a physical street address within Georgia state. PO boxes are not acceptable, within Georgia.

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