Iowa Articles of Incorporation

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Iowa articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Provides governance and adds credibility

Fast Facts

For Domestic Corporations:

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State
Form:

Articles of Incorporation

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, or online

Agency Fee:

$50

Turnaround:

~1-2 business days

Law:

Iowa Code - Chapter 490: Business Corporations

Fact Checked:6/16/17

For Domestic Professional Corporations:

Agency:Iowa Secretary of State
Form:

Articles of Incorporation

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:6/13/17

Other Helpful Iowa Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Iowa.


Iowa Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: None.
  • Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws fix a different number. No less than one third.

Iowa Officers

  • As stated in the bylaws, but a minimum of one. One person may hold multiple offices. One officer is required to be responsible for maintaining corporate records.

Iowa Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

Iowa Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes.
  • Action by written consent: Allowed if enough shareholders consent to equal 90% the number entitled to vote on said action.

Iowa Shareholders

  • Qualifications: N/A
  • Stock Certificate: Not required.
  • Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.
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