How to Incorporate in Tennessee


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Incorporating in Tennessee is relatively easy.  This article should give you resources to understand how the incorporation process works in Tennessee, and to use the legal forms from the Tennessee Secretary of State to incorporate in Tennessee.

Though not required, it is advised that you check your corporate name for availability before filing any applications. To do this, visit the Business Name Availability page on the Tennessee Department of State Web site. After you check for name availability, you can immediately select a Business Name Form. The filing fee is $20. Form and fee can be mailed to: Department of State, Corporate Filings, 312 Eighth Avenue North, 6th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower, Nashville, TN 37243.

Once your company name is established, you can begin filling out your Charter. The filing fee is $100, and both form and fee can be submitted to the address listed above. Tennessee Department of State offers a comprehensive Filing Guide for For-Profit Corporations if any questions arise during your filing.

Corporations are required to file an Annual Report. Annual Reports can now be filed either online or mail. To begin your annual report filing visit the Annual Report Filing page, where you can select whether you would like to e-file or print and mail your report.

There are many companies that offer the service of filing these articles on your behalf, such as FileOnline  or LegalZoom.