Entity Formation FAQs

What is a registered agent?

A registered agent is appointed by your business to handle legal correspondence from the state you are registering in. You can be your own registered agent or you can hire a third party to serve on your behalf as long as you or that third party maintain an address in the state you are registering in.

How long does it take to have my business registered with the state?

Most states approve business registrations within 7-14 business days. Approval time fluctuates depending on workload. Your 1-800Accountant team will send you a message through the message center once your filing has been submitted.

When will I receive my EIN Number?

Once approval is received from the state, we apply for the EIN number, and we will deliver all of your documents in your 1-800Accountant Portal. Approval time can fluctuate.

What are the next steps after I have my business paperwork?

With the documents we provide you will be able to open a business bank account as long as you have the state correspondence, EIN letter and Operating Agreement (available as an add-on purchase). Please note that 1-800Accountant is not involved in licensing and permits associated with business registration. To continue with those it would be best to contact your state’s Secretary of State.

How do I elect to be an S corp?

We will provide you with a pre-filled IRS form 2553 with all of your information. Simply print, sign, and mail the form to the IRS to elect to be taxed as an S corporation.

How do I communicate with the team handling my formation/dissolution?

Message your team through the message center in your 1-800Accountant Portal. All of your inquiries may be communicated there.

What does the business (or entity) formation service cover?

Our services are tailored to your needs during the business formation process and includes the initial registration with the Secretary of State and the application for the EIN (available as an add-on). All other business accounts are to be opened by the business owner after the formation has been completed. Other services can be added once the formation process is complete.

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