How to Incorporate in Idaho (May 2024 Update)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

How to Incorporate in Idaho (May 2024 Update)

Incorporating your business in Idaho can provide your company with valuable liability protection and tax advantages. Forming an Idaho corporation may seem complicated, but breaking down the process into clear steps makes it much more manageable. This comprehensive guide will walk you through all the requirements for incorporating in Idaho, from choosing your business name to filing your annual report. Read on to learn the ins and outs of creating an Idaho corporation.

Choose a Name for Your Idaho Corporation

Picking a name is the initial move when establishing a corporation in Idaho. You’ll want to choose something memorable that represents your company. However, there are a few rules your corporation's name must follow:

  • It must contain a corporation designator such as “Corporation,” “Incorporated,” “Corp.,” “Inc.,” or “Co.”
  • It cannot be the same as another Idaho business entity or so similar that it would cause confusion. Check name availability on the Secretary of State website.
  • You cannot use words that imply it is a government agency or different business type.

You also have the option to reserve your chosen name in Idaho for 120 days while you complete the rest of the incorporation process.

Once you land on the perfect corporation name, double check that the domain is available before moving forward.

Appoint an Idaho Registered Agent

Idaho law mandates that every corporation has a registered agent. This designated person or company receives important legal and tax documents on behalf of your business.

Your registered agent must have an Idaho address where they can accept service during normal business hours. Many business owners prefer to appoint a registered agent service to keep their personal address private.

File Your Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation formally creates your Idaho corporation. Prepare this document and file it with the Secretary of State, either by mail or through their online filing system.

You will need to include the following in your Articles:

  • Business name
  • Registered agent’s name and address
  • Incorporator’s name and address
  • Total number and types of shares

The filing fee is $100. Once the Secretary of State approves your Articles of Incorporation, your Idaho corporation is officially formed.

Draft Your Corporate Bylaws

Bylaws outline the operating rules and procedures for your new corporation. They establish details like when shareholder meetings will be held, voting procedures, electing directors, and more.

While you don’t have to submit your bylaws, creating them upfront helps avoid any conflicts down the road. Work with an attorney or use reputable templates to draft effective corporate bylaws.

Hold an Organizational Meeting

Once you have adopted bylaws, hold your first organizational meeting. During this meeting, you will appoint officers, authorize issuing shares, and record meeting minutes for the first time.

Maintaining thorough minutes provides important evidence that you are complying with Idaho corporation laws and protocols. Keep copies with your other business records.

Obtain Licenses and Permits

Depending on your industry, you may need special business licenses or permits before legally operating in Idaho. Use the Idaho Business Wizard tool to identify any requirements for your county and city.

Common examples include sales tax permits, food service licenses, liquor licenses, and professional certifications.

Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

An EIN serves as a tax ID number for your business, similar to a social security number. Apply online through the IRS website or complete Form SS-4.

Having an EIN allows you to open a bank account, hire employees, apply for business loans, and file tax returns.

File Your Annual Report

Corporations in Idaho need to turn in an annual report to the Secretary of State's office before the end of the month when they were incorporated, every single year. You won't have to pay anything if you fill out the form online.

The report requests current names and contact information for your executives, board of directors, and registered agent. If your business does not file one of these reports annually, it could potentially face dissolution by the state.

Meet Ongoing Corporation Requirements

Even after filing all the initial paperwork, you still have ongoing responsibilities to keep your Idaho corporation compliant:

  • Pay annual franchise taxes
  • Hold shareholder and board of director meetings
  • Maintain thorough corporate records
  • Update any changes to directors, officers, or your registered agent

Following Idaho’s corporation laws and statutes preserves your liability protection and tax treatment. Reach out to an attorney or accountant anytime you have questions about staying compliant.


While forming a corporation takes effort upfront, routinely maintaining your company ultimately saves time and prevents business disruptions down the road. Follow this guide to ensure you don’t miss any steps when incorporating your business. Idaho offers an attractive environment for new corporations, especially if you take advantage of available resources for new business owners. With a thorough understanding of Idaho’s regulations, you can confidently register your corporation and hit the ground running.

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