How to Start a Business in Georgia (Step by Step Guide)

Georgia Business formationIf you’re looking to start a new business in the state of Georgia, you’ve come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step instructions on how to incorporate your business in Georgia. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities:

  1. Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Georgia.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to start an LLC in Georgia

Agency NameGeorgia Secretary of State – Corporations Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization and Transmittal Information (Form 231)
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 (Mail/Online)
Filing Fee$100
Time2 weeks
LawO.C.G.A. § 14-11-204


Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name for your LLC
  2. File for Business name reservation
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization and Transmittal Information (Form 231)
  5. Prepare an Operating Agreement
  6. Get Federal EIN Number
  7. Comply With Tax and other Regulatory Requirements
  8. File Annual Report (Ongoing)

How to start a Corporation in Georgia
Agency NameGeorgia Secretary of State – Corporations Division
Form(s) to be filledTransmittal Information Form Georgia Profit or Nonprofit Corporation
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $25 (Mail/Online)
Filing Fee$100
Time2 weeks
LawO.C.G.A. § 14-2-202


Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Transmittal Information Form for Georgia Profit or Nonprofit Corporation
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Fulfill Publication Requirement
  7. Get Federal EIN Number
  8. Comply With Tax and other Regulatory Requirements
  9. File Annual Report (Ongoing)


References:
https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-14/chapter-11/
https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-14/chapter-2/

Fact-checked on 24/07/2018