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Starting a business in California is a great way to be your own boss and have more control over your career and financial stability, but it is not without risks. There are several legal requirements for businesses operating in California that must be met and renewed annually. IncSmart has several checklists and guides on how to legally start and maintain a business in California for new business owners and going concerns.


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When starting a new business, there are many important decisions to make and rules and procedures to be addressed. First and foremost is how to register in California.

Step 1: Starting a Business: Business Planning and Development
Step 2: Operating a Business: Registration, Compliance and DBAs
Step 3: Growing a Business: Registering in other States and Trademarks




California Business Requirements

- Appoint Registered Agent
- Form Corporation or LLC
- Apply for a Federal Tax ID
- Fund your company with a business checking account
- Apply for a business license and pay the renewal fee each year
- File your State Tax Returns each year
- Include an income or loss on your Personal Tax Returns each year
- Pay your annual fees to the Registered Agent each year
- Maintain your books with resolutions each year
- Have your Annual Company Meeting each year - Corporations
- Update your bylaws and operating agreement each year
- Issue stocks and membership certificates each year

California Fee Disclosure

California SOS LLC Fees - $70
California SOS Corporation Fees - $100
California SOS Statement of Information- $25
California SOS Franchise Fees - $800
IncSmart Document Filing Fees - $49
IncSmart Annual Report Filing Fees - $20
Discount California LLC with Registered Agent - $168
Executive California LLC with Registered Agent - $248
Discount California INC with Registered Agent - $198
Executive California INC with Registered Agent - $278
Registered Agent Service / 1 Year - $49
Discount Agent Service / 3 Year - $117

California Business Plans
By David Lanlias  USA File

Along with your Bylaws and Operating Agreement, business owners must prepare a Business Plan that includes your marketing strategies.  A banker or SBA will need a Business Plan before they can help you.  A good business plans will help avoid the pitfalls that occur to small companies that do not plan their future.

The marketing plan should include traditional and e-marketing.  The cost of implementing your business plan should not cost you an arm and a leg.  It should be proportional to your business size, volume and growth potential.  This may include print advertising, radio, television, cable television and mass mailings.  Your marking plan should include the development of a website.

Company owners should be honest with themselves and create a mission for the company. A mission statement should be kept close and followed. This way you can create a solution before the problem becomes insurmountable. Surround yourself with trusted advisors such as bankers, CPAs and attorneys. 

California Annual Fees and Taxes
By Jack Cohen USA File

After filing your entity with the Secretary of State, it is time to have your bookkeeping and tax planner in place.  Income tax, payroll tax, state tax, sales tax and property tax.  We are being taxed left and right and someone needs to care for your new company.  Today, many businesses turn to CPAs for help. They will become a trusted advisor on major business and financial decisionsThey can give advice on running and managing a business, and help manage your growth potential.  Most lenders prefer financials prepared by CPAs

A CPA will show you the most effective accounting systems for your type of business.  Advice on tax preparation, personal financial planning, and auditing services are important.  They will also advise you on deductions and how to separate your personal and business expenses. The tax codes are complex and taxes for a business are more complicated than for an individual.

Good record keeping is an essential requirement for monitoring the financial health of your company.  There is an efficient and practical way for you to keep your financial records in order. CPAs can provide services outside their home state The Uniform Accountancy Act provides