For-Profit Corporation (S or C Corporation designation as determined by IRS) is organized with the intent of making a profit and required to issue stock shares. Management and control is exercised through shareholders, directors and officers who have very little limited personal liability. The board sets policy and controls the president. Officers conduct day-to-day operations.
For tax purposes, this type of corporation must meet certain IRS rules depending on the tax designation.
For C Corporations, partners are being taxed on profits personally based on ownership percentages while shareholders are being taxed on dividends. Earnings for C Corporations are "double-taxed" - the corporation is taxed and shareholders get dividends that may also be taxed. S Corporation is the most complex business structure and subject to stricter government control.
Domestic Benefit For-Profit Corporation is a type of for-profit corporation that will engage in providing general public benefit which means a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole, assessed against a third-party standard, from the business and operations of a benefit corporation.
To register domestic business corporations in the District, customers must deliver articles of incorporation form DBU-1 to the superintendent for filing. Either by web or mail/walk-in.
Note: Walk-in Customers will be charged an expedited fee for one-day service in the amount of $100, in addition to regular filing fees.
Go to CorpOnline, create a profile, access the online services main page (use Internet Explorer 8, Chrome, Firefox or Safari) and proceed. Online filers must pay by credit card. Once the filing is submitted, print the last confirmation page for your records.
Every domestic and foreign corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Partnership (effective 01/12), General and Limited Cooperative Association, Business Trust (effective 01/12) is required to file two-year reports with Corporations Division to maintain good standing within the District of Columbia.
- First reports are due April 1 of the very next year from the year of registration.
- Foreign entities might be liable for back reports if commenced business prior to registration.
- Subsequent reports are due April 1 every two years thereafter.
Create Your Business in DC
- Articles of Incorporation of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-1
- Name Reservation Registration & Transfer Form GN-3
- Trade Name Registration Form
Changes to Your Business in DC
- Articles of Amendment of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-2
- Restated Articles of Incorporation of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-3
- Articles of Merger and Share Exchange of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-5
- Abandonment of A Merger or Share Exchange of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-6
- Withdrawal of Filed Record Before Effectiveness Form GN-1
- Statement of Correction Form GN-2
- Statement or Plan of Merger of Domestic Filing Entity GN-7
- Statement of Abandonment of A Plan of Merger of Domestic Filing Entity GN-8
- Statement or Plan of Interest Exchange of Domestic Filing Entity GN-9
- Statement of Abandonment of A Plan of Interest Exchange of Domestic Filing Entity GN-10
- Statement or Plan of Conversion of Domestic & Foreign Filing Entity GN-11
- Statement of Abandonment of A Plan of Conversion of Domestic & Foreign Filing Entity GN-12
- Statement or Plan of Domestication of Domestic & Foreign Filing Entity GN-13
- Statement of Abandonment of A Plan of Domestication of Domestic & Foreign Filing Entity GN-14
Reinstate Your Business in DC
Ongoing Obligations in DC
Close Your Business in DC
- Surrender of Charter Upon Domestication of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-4
- Articles of Dissolution of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-7
- Articles of Dissolution by Incorporators and Initial Directors of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-8
- Revocation of Dissolution of Domestic Business Corporation DBU-9