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This guide on starting your business in Georgia provides step-by-step instructions on the paperwork to file formation documents, obtain tax IDs, and set up company records.

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Step-By-Step Startup

Below is an overview of the paperwork, cost, and time to form each of the most popular business structures. Simply click on the link for your desired structure to view detailed step-by-step instructions.

  • If you have not decided whether you want to form an LLC, corporation, or other business structure, click here.
  • If wish to form your business in a different state than Georgia, click here.
Structure Paperwork Cost Time

Georgia Limited Liability Company

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  • Formation: $100
  • Formation: ~5-12 business days

Georgia Corporation

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  • Articles of Incorporation for Georgia Profit Corporation
  • Georgia Notice of Incorporation
  • Initial Report
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • Form 2553: S-Corp Election, if desired
  • FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Report
  • Incorporation: $100
  • Notice of incorporation: $40
  • Initial Report: $50
  • Incorporation: ~5-12 business days

Georgia Nonprofit

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  • GA Articles of Incorporation
  • GA Data Transmittal Form 227
  • GA Notice of Incorporation
  • GA Initial “Annual” Registration
  • Bylaws
  • IRS Form SS-4: Obtain an EIN
  • IRS Form 1023: 501(c) Tax Exempt Application
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Form 3605: Application for Recognition of Exemption (optional)
  • URS Charitable Registration, if applicable
  • Form C-100: Charitable Organization Registration
  • FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Report
  • GA Articles of Incorporation: $100
  • GA Notice of Incorporation: $40
  • GA Initial “Annual” Registration: $50
  • 501(c): $275 or $600 IRS fee
  • Georgia Charitable registration: $35
  • Incorporation: ~5-12 business days
  • 501(c): 2 weeks to 3 months

Top 5 Tips on Registering a Business in Georgia

  1. Unlike many states, the Georgia Secretary of State does not provide fill-in-the-blank documents to help you create your LLC or corporation. Instead, you will need to look at their "filing procedures" document, especially the sample filing, to create your own document from scratch. This can be hassle and is error-prone, and is a great reason to hire a filing service such as us. Nevertheless, should you desire to do this yourself, this guide will direct you how to go about it.
  2. Georgia corporations must file notice of publication no later than the next business day after filing the articles of incorporation. For this reason, you should locate the appropriate legal organ in your county and prepare publication notice in advance of submitting incorporation.
  3. If you file your formation documents by mail, remember to include the required cover letter (GA Transmittal Form 231) and two copies of your filing (one original and one copy).
  4. Remember to include a corporate suffix in your business name (such as "LLC" or "Inc"). Georgia permits a short list of suffixes depending on your chosen business structure.
  5. Georgia offers a consolidated tax registration application, which greatly simplifies the process of obtaining the appropriate tax accounts for your business. It is called CRF-002 and can be filed online.