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What is a Certificate of Status?

A Certificate of Status certifies that the business is in good standing with the Florida Department of State.

Anyone may request a Certificate of Status for a fictitious name, corporation or limited liability company in the State of Florida.
The document/registration number is required to generate a certificate of status. If you do not know the document/registration number of the business, click here to retrieve it by using the Florida Business Search engine.
Copies of filings are not sent by the State of Florida with the Certificate of Status, but Florida Document Filings Co.™ will include online links to the certificate of status, as well as to other documents available on record as part of your service. The Certificate of status and other documents on record will be available online for reprint for 90 days after your order is completed.
Certificates of Status are usually generated in PDF format and require a PDF reader to view and print.
The certificates can be printed in color with the Adobe PDF Reader.
If you do not have a PDF reader you may obtain one for free at: http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Certificates of Status include information such as the business name, document number, status with the State of Florida, any fees pending, and lastest filings. Subject to any qualification stated in the certificate of status, a certificate of status may be relied upon as conclusive evidence that the business is in existence in this state.
The State of Florida WILL NOT deny a certificate of status for an inactive or dissolved business and EVERY certificate of status will be issued if statutory requirements are met, therefore orders CAN NOT be cancelled or refunded.
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   - What is a Corporation?
A corporation (sometimes referred to as a C corporation) is an independent legal entity owned by shareholders. This means that the corporation itself, not the shareholders that own it, is held legally liable for the actions and debts the business incurs.
Corporations are more complex than other business structures because they tend to have costly administrative fees and complex tax and legal requirements. Because of these issues, corporations are generally suggested for established, larger companies with multiple employees.
For businesses in that position, corporations offer the ability to sell ownership shares in the business through stock offerings. "Going public" through an initial public offering (IPO) is a major selling point in attracting investment capital and high quality employees.
Forming a Corporation
A corporation is formed under the laws of the state in which it is registered. To form a corporation you will need to establish your business name and register your legal name with your state government. If you choose to operate under a name different than the officially registered name, you will most likely have to file a fictitious name (also known as an assumed name, trade name, or DBA name, short for "doing business as"). State laws vary, but generally corporations must include a corporate designation (Corporation, Incorporated, Limited) at the end of the business name.
To register your business as a corporation, you need to file certain documents, typically articles of incorporation, with your state's Secretary of State office. Some states require corporations to establish directors and issue stock certificates to initial shareholders in the registration process.
Once your business is registered, you must obtain business licenses and permits. Regulations vary by industry, state and locality.
If you are hiring employees, read more about federal and state regulations for employers.
Corporation Taxes
Corporations are required to pay federal, state, and in some cases, local taxes. Most businesses must register with the IRS and state and local revenue agencies, and receive a tax ID number or permit.
When you form a corporation, you create a separate tax-paying entity. Regular corporations are called "C corporations" because Subchapter C of Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code is where you find general tax rules affecting corporations and their shareholders.
Unlike sole proprietors and partnerships, corporations pay income tax on their profits. In some cases, corporations are taxed twice - first, when the company makes a profit, and again when dividends are paid to shareholders on their personal tax returns. Corporations use IRS Form 1120 or 1120-A, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return to report revenue to the federal government.
Shareholders who are also employees pay income tax on their wages. The corporation and the employee each pay one half of the Social Security and Medicare taxes, but this is usually a deductible business expense.
Consult the IRS for more information about tax requirements for Corporations.
Advantages of a Corporation
- Limited Liability. When it comes to taking responsibility for business debts and actions of a corporation, shareholders' personal assets are protected. Shareholders can generally only be held accountable for their investment in stock of the company.
- Ability to Generate Capital. Corporations have an advantage when it comes to raising capital for their business - the ability to raise funds through the sale of stock.
- Corporate Tax Treatment. Corporations file taxes separately from their owners. Owners of a corporation only pay taxes on corporate profits paid to them in the form of salaries, bonuses, and dividends, while any additional profits are awarded a corporate tax rate, which is usually lower than a personal income tax rate.
- Attractive to Potential Employees. Corporations are generally able to attract and hire high-quality and motivated employees because they offer competitive benefits and the potential for partial ownership through stock options.
Disadvantages of a Corporation
- Time and Money. Corporations are costly and time-consuming ventures to start and operate. Incorporating requires start-up, operating and tax costs that most other structures do not require.
- Double Taxing. In some cases, corporations are taxed twice - first, when the company makes a profit, and again when dividends are paid to shareholders.
- Additional Paperwork. Because corporations are highly regulated by federal, state, and in some cases local agencies, there are increased paperwork and recordkeeping burdens associated with this entity.
Source: Florida Department of State
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In order to receive a Profit Corporation Certificate of Status in the State of Florida, simply fill out the form below, and Florida Document Filings Co.™ will review, prepare and request your business' certificate of status with the Florida Department of State (Sunbiz).
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