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

Starting Business in PennsylvaniaAre you thinking about starting your own business in Pennsylvania? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in Pennsylvania. 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 that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  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 Pennsylvania.

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

How to Start an LLC in Pennsylvania

Agency ResponsiblePennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
Form(s) to be filledCertificate of Organization
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $70 (Mail)
Filing Fee$125
Time2 weeks
Law15 Pa.C.S. § 8913


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Certificate of Organization (Form DSCB:15-8913-2)
  5. Create an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Obtain relevant licenses and permits
  8. Obtain tax id number
  9. (Ongoing) File annual report

How to Start a Corporation in Pennsylvania

Agency ResponsiblePennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Incorporation
ModeMail or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $70 (Mail)
Filing Fee$125
Time2 weeks
LawChapter 53 – Incorporation

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation (Form DSCB:15-1306)
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Fulfill publishing requirement
  7. Get an EIN Number
  8. Obtain tax id number
  9. (Ongoing) File annual report



References:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=15&div=0&chpt=88
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/15/15.HTM
Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

Pennsylvania Business Entity & Corporation Search

Looking for information on how to search for a business entity in Pennsylvania? If yes, then you will surely find this guide helpful. Before we go ahead with the search guide, here are a few points you should know: The Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations (a sub-division of the department of state) maintains […]

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